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DIY Bar Cart from IKEA

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Easy DIY Bar Cart

It’s been months since I finished my bar cart but for some reason it just slipped my mind to share a few photos with you all. It was a very easy DIY project and so far one of my favorites because it looks great without having to break the bank.

For months I was looking for an affordable bar cart for the house. I found tons of options but none were within my price range. So after some brainstorming I realized that IKEA had the perfect solution for what I wanted.

I purchased the BYGEL Utility Cart from IKEA for just $24.99 and a can of gold spray paint (I used Krylon Metallic Gold).

I found that the best way to paint the cart was by building the metal frame of the cart instead of painting each part on the floor. Make sure to leave the white panels off before painting. I then took it outside and sprayed a few coats of paint. I did learn that it’s important to be very patient with gold spray paint. Apply light coats and wait about 15 minutes between additional coats.

After a few coats I let it dry overnight. Next day I carefully placed the white panels onto the cart. And just like that I created my very own bar cart for under $30.

I’ve been slowly stocking it up. I am not very good a mixing drinks but plan on experimenting a bit so I just have a few of the things that I enjoy the most. I also picked up a few glasses at a local thrift shop and spent less than $5 on glassware. Not bad. ;)

And in case you were wondering about the pretty tissue garland in the background – that’s from the lovely Carmen from The Flair Exchange. I used one of her DIY Tassel Kits and it was so easy to assemble. Definitely want to get another one for the office or dining room.

Now that I did my very first IKEA Hack I feel like I need to try another one. Have any of you done any IKEA hacks? Would love to see them.

Photos by Blush + Jelly


  1. This is a great idea! Now I need to go back to ikea.

    • Totally worth it and so easy to do. Plus, it beats dishing out over $100 to get a bar cart. :)

  2. Love it! It definitely looks amazing in pictures. I would love to do this one if I can’t find anything a little wider and shorter. Hoping for Craigslist luck!

  3. This turned out so well! Love it.

    • Thanks Carmen! And your tissue garland looks great over the cart – adds a nice pop of color. :)

  4. OBSESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t even believe this cost around $30!!! I am not even kidding that I’m obsessed!! Like you, all of the bar carts I’ve seen are way out of our price range. I’m totally copying this idea for our new place in Denver!!

    • Thanks, Kym! It’s seriously easy to make and it beats spending $100+ on a bar cart when this one looks so good.

  5. LOVE what you did to your bar cart. Gold is al the rage right now.

  6. Not only do I love what you did with the bar cart, but I love the price in which you did it at. Just got the new IKEA catalog so it was on my places to go this weekend. Will definitely keep my eye open for BYGEL cart!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love this idea!!! Gave it a go but instead of keeping the shelves white we painted them charcoal (we made this for a guy gift). Thankyou so much for the idea/tutorial!

    • Meli says:

      So happy to hear that the tutorial was useful! And love that you painted it charcoal – prefect guy gift. ;)

  8. Love this! I think I would also spray paint the shelving with a chalkboard paint so I could write on it for parties!

  9. Erica says:

    Just came across your BEAUTIFUL bar cart on pinterest. I am hoping to recreate, however, I was wondering if you have experience any paint chipping? Did you use any primer? If not, would suggest doing so?

    Can’t say enough how cute this is!

    • Meli says:

      Thanks for the kind words! I didn’t use any primer on my bar cart and so far haven’t had an issues with chipping. When I clean it I just use a damp cloth (no sprays on the metal) to avoid the paint from chipping or coming off. Hope your bar cart turns out amazing! :)


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