Ikea hack bar cart DIY - sugar and cloth

DIY Ikea hack bar cart

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

Things are starting to come along here and there with the new studio, especially since my Dad has been here for the last week! Between him teaching me how to install dimmer switches, how to fix an ice maker, and what kills a cesspool of mosquitos, we also managed to make a DIY Ikea hack bar cart. Not bad right?

I’m super excited to share the studio reveal coming up soon, but until then, this should give you a good idea of the aesthetic: modern, light with a few pops of color and mid-century twists. Here’s how–

Ikea Kallax book shelf

Two 14.5 inch skinny brass pulls

Four 2 inch bright brass hooded ball caster and coordinating screws

Four #8-32 2″ brass screws

Four #8 brass finishing washers

Drill and coordinating drill bit

Gold foiling pen (optional)

 

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

First, build the Ikea Kallax shelf according to the instructions as usual, but leave off the adhesive felt pads for the bottom. Instead, install the four brass casters on each of the four corners of the shelf.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

After installing the casters, you can use the gold foiling pen to color in the silver screws that come with the shelf to avoid mixed metals.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

Flip the shelf back right side up, and measure and mark where you’d like the handles placed. We marked ours to be about a 1/4 of an inch in from each end by laying the pull on it’s side and marking where to drill holes.

Next, drill a hole all the way through the top edge and then insert the brass washer and screw through into the handle from underneath.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.comDIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

Now use your finest vintage goodies to decorate the shelf. Okay, they don’t have to be vintage, but I’m trying to make myself feel better about my most recent obsessions. The Blendo glasses are from Jaybird Finds and this tilted ice bucket is my best Etsy scores yet!

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.comDIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

photos by Jared Smith

This post is in partnership with Ikea Houston who has graciously sponsored the most of the furniture in the new Sugar & Cloth studio!

ikea

Ikea hack bar cart DIY - sugar and cloth

DIY Ikea hack bar cart

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

Things are starting to come along here and there with the new studio, especially since my Dad has been here for the last week! Between him teaching me how to install dimmer switches, how to fix an ice maker, and what kills a cesspool of mosquitos, we also managed to make a DIY Ikea hack bar cart. Not bad right?

I’m super excited to share the studio reveal coming up soon, but until then, this should give you a good idea of the aesthetic: modern, light with a few pops of color and mid-century twists. Here’s how–

Ikea Kallax book shelf

Two 14.5 inch skinny brass pulls

Four 2 inch bright brass hooded ball caster and coordinating screws

Four #8-32 2″ brass screws

Four #8 brass finishing washers

Drill and coordinating drill bit

Gold foiling pen (optional)

 

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

First, build the Ikea Kallax shelf according to the instructions as usual, but leave off the adhesive felt pads for the bottom. Instead, install the four brass casters on each of the four corners of the shelf.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

After installing the casters, you can use the gold foiling pen to color in the silver screws that come with the shelf to avoid mixed metals.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

Flip the shelf back right side up, and measure and mark where you’d like the handles placed. We marked ours to be about a 1/4 of an inch in from each end by laying the pull on it’s side and marking where to drill holes.

Next, drill a hole all the way through the top edge and then insert the brass washer and screw through into the handle from underneath.

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.comDIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

Now use your finest vintage goodies to decorate the shelf. Okay, they don’t have to be vintage, but I’m trying to make myself feel better about my most recent obsessions. The Blendo glasses are from Jaybird Finds and this tilted ice bucket is my best Etsy scores yet!

DIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.comDIY Ikea hack bar cart | sugarandcloth.com

photos by Jared Smith

This post is in partnership with Ikea Houston who has graciously sponsored the most of the furniture in the new Sugar & Cloth studio!

ikea

Comments

  • Kathleen

    05.29.14

    I love this! I actually just bought a kitchen cart from Ikea last weekend, but your Ikea hack is so much more original! Love everything about it and can’t wait to see your whole studio! P.S. The ice bucket is so darling.

    • Ashley said:

      Glad you love it! Yes, the ice bucket is one of my new favorite things, and the glasses too!

  • andiperullo

    05.29.14

    I absolutely adore this!!!!!!

    • Ashley said:

      I know! I wish I could afford to have these handles in my house :)

  • Brittni

    05.29.14

    So clever, Ash! I actually have one of these Ikea pieces, but it’s a little bit larger. We wanted to put casters on it, but I couldn’t find any cool ones. So, I gave up. These gold ones are amazing though. Might have to give them a try.

    • Ashley said:

      You definitely need some gold wheels, britt!

  • Brittany

    05.29.14

    This is so so rad Ashley!

    • Ashley said:

      Thanks Brittany! xo

  • Abigail Hortegas

    05.29.14

    You have such a good eye for design! I’m in love with the aesthetic you have here.

    • Ashley said:

      Thank you, Abi! I can call you that right? :)

    • Ashley said:

      best compliment ever! thank you, love!

    • Ashley said:

      Can I bribe you to come visit with one?!

  • corinanika

    05.29.14

    Such an amazing job! everything, every single detail

    • Ashley said:

      Thank you, thank you! I always love reading your comments, haha ;)

  • Raven Michelle

    05.29.14

    Looks great! Can you share a break down of the cost? Thanks!

    • Ashley said:

      yes, asbolutely! just updated the materials list for you :) I’ll start doing that more in the future! xo

  • Abagail

    05.29.14

    I love, love, love this!!!

  • jewel7013

    05.29.14

    Absolutely fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa

    05.29.14

    I LOVE THIS! We are moving soon & this would be a perfect idea to use as a coffee bar! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Lisa

    Little Sweet Fox

  • Tanima

    06.04.14

    I’m so in love with that frame! Where is it from?

  • SOUSOU DIYSIGN

    06.05.14

    Gorgeous! Great DIY and such a lovely decoration!
    I also love the ombré flower pot, is it DIY?
    xxoo
    SOUSOU DIYSIGN :-)

  • Julie

    07.12.14

    Where is the frame from? Thanks!

  • Biana

    08.20.14

    Do you have any suggestions on what other pulls to use – there is only one available for the one that you used. Thanks so much – we’re looking to recreate this look this weekend!

  • mimi holligher

    09.10.14

    Hi, where did you get those beautiful CASTERS?!??! Love your work. Seriously!

  • simply.susane

    09.30.14

    I DIE for those extra long pulls! But! They only have two left! I need 6! Do you think you could come up with a diy on how to make your own??

  • Joe

    12.23.14

    This is brilliant! I’ve been thinking about doing something similar to create movable storage in my kitchen.

  • Ethel

    01.06.15

    does the castors fit the holes that come with the shelf or holes have to be drilled?

  • Drewe

    01.12.15

    I am dying to know where you found that pitcher! It is so lovely

  • Monica

    09.22.15

    Where is the pitcher from? It’s so cute!

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