Monday, April 8, 2013

Ikea Kitchen Cart Makeover

Just a tiny post for you today! I keep a spreadsheet of things I'd like to do around my apartment, and usually I knock off a few things every month, but Apartment Therapy coming over has been a good excuse to start tackling a few more of those things this month. Nothing crazy, and if I don't finish much that will be okay, but it's fun to have that little fire lit under our collective asses.

Over the past couple of weeks I've been spray painting a lot of the furniture in my apartment, because there are pros and cons to every single thing you own being second hand. Its great that everything is so cheap (or free, as many of these pieces are hand-me-downs), and its great that you feel okay experimenting on something when you only paid $10 for it, but until you get to that point, your house still looks like the thrift store you bought everything from. I realized a bit ago that my house is FULL of mismatched wood (and often, "wood") tones, and while that can look good when intentional, or when the pieces are really nice, it doesn't work as well when its just happenstance

We really needed more surface space in the kitchen, because even though it is a good size, we have less than two square feet of counter space, so that's cool. But luckily we found this cart for super cheap on Craigslist:
It's an Ikea Bekvam, I think? It looks like an older model of that, at least. Because it was raw wood, it luckily didn't need any sanding, because I LOATHE sanding. So I just removed the hardware and gave it a quick prime. Admittedly, the priming was kind of shitty and uneven, but I knew that the spray paint I was using has excellent coverage.

Seriously, any time you have a project and need spray paint, Rustoleum Painter's Touch is GREAT. It dries super fast and the coverage is amazing. I only needed one can for this whole project, with a little leftover. It was a hard lesson for me to learn, to buy the can of spray paint that costs $8 instead of the one that costs $4, but it saves so much time, and I always ended up needing three cans of the $4 stuff anyways. 


The color is a perfect pistachio-mint (which I prefer to more blue mints), and provides a nice amount of counter space that is closer to the stove. 


Also, those fresh flowers are a leftover from a dinner party we held this weekend for a friend's 30th birthday. And while I did exactly none of the cooking, and had to borrow all the glassware, and the crystal candlesticks, and I had to buy more place settings, it still felt very Adult. Well, assuming that adults polish off 10 bottles of wine before tapping into the cheap booze on the bar cart and listening to Whitney Houston until 3am. 



From my family to yours, hope you had a great weekend! Feed any people? Spray paint anything? 

xo,
z

9 comments:

  1. if that's not what adults do... i never want to grow up

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  2. That's a marvelous photo of you and your guests! How lucky to have your enormous table so nobody needs to eat crammed behind a tv tray. Can't wait to see the Apartment Therapy spread. We're idling between projects here; not much action besides sorting, shifting, and trying to E-bay a few items. I sold four leather office/lobby barrel chairs for $100, though--and that felt great!

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    1. ahhhh finally unloading stuff like that always feels great!

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  3. How cool!! I'm always looking for fun ways to makeover simple pieces of furniture...and good idea looking for a used one on Craig's List :)

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  4. Love this!! I'm always on the lookout for ideas to redo a simple piece of furniture...and great idea looking for a used one on Craig's List!

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    1. haha im so used to buying second hand at this point, i dont even know if i'd know where to start buying new!

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  5. i'm always thinking about how many types of wood are everywhere in my place too.


    seriously the perfect color. i really want to copy you!

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  6. Where did you get the silver towel rail?

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