IKEA furniture: Customizing a Kitchen Cart

 I have such a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love IKEA furniture. I hate putting it together. I love their chocolate. I hate how much I love their chocolate. A few years ago, we bought a kitchen cart and I loved having the extra storage space but I hated how plain it was. After having the piece for over a year it just dawned on me a few weeks ago to actually paint it. Odd considering there aren’t many things that go unpainted around these parts.

customize ikea kitchen cart with paint

Customizing an IKEA furniture with paint.


Since we move a lot, I never know how much storage space I’ll have in the next house. Our house in Texas (two houses ago) had tons of kitchen cabinet space. Our last house seriously lacked in the storage area. We didn’t even have space to put our pots and pans. Insert IKEA furniture to the rescue. We got this kitchen cart to supplement some storage space for pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets. For years it sat naked (well maybe a little dust sometimes) until a few weeks ago.

blue buffet

First, I got the itch to stain the kitchen cart. I’ve been staining a bunch of stuff lately (see bathroom shelves, rustic shelves, chalkboard for proof) so I thought I better settle down or else I’m going to look around and see just a sea of stained wood.

How to spruce up basic IKEA furniture

I ended up compromising with myself and just stained the top. I loved the stained top because it’s really shows off the butcher block wood – so pretty. Then, I painted the rest a really beautiful shade of blue/gray (Behr Calligraphy).

Customize a basic IKEA Buffet

And because it appears that I’m monograming everything these days, I also added a white monogram to the top. I used the same techniques as I did on the monogram photo clipboard.

transform basic ikea buffet

The kitchen cart has a whole new look. It’s remarkable what a little paint can do to a piece of IKEA furniture. Between this and all the IKEA bed hacks from last week I’m not going to be able to stay out of IKEA.

Such a bummer with the yummy chocolate and all… ha who am I kidding??

I’m sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style and Best of the Nest

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  1. I really love this IKEA update. That color is so lovely and great idea to keep top stained wood with a cute monogram. It turned out perfectly. I’ll be pinning this now!

  2. You were right to share this thanks! You turned a ‘plain Jane’ (no offense to any Janes out there!) into to something so much more interesting. Nice job!! Color?

  3. I LOVE this cart makeover, Chelsea! It is so pretty! Love the monogram and that paint color is to die for! Well done, my friend! 🙂

  4. Gotta love an IKEA Hack – well done Chelsea! Love the monogrammed detail too. Your cart caught my eye over at the Wow Us Wednesday Party.

  5. I’m so glad to see this makeover because I’ve been eyeing that cart for this very idea for a long time!! Now maybe I’ll actually do it!

    Visiting from Savvy Southern Style… Rhonda @ home.made.

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  8. I’m so glad you posted this because it’s stunning! I think you did the perfect makeover on it. Don’t underestimate yourself 😉

  9. Chelsea, I will obviously be bringing home one of these carts from Ikea on my next trip! I lo.o.o.o.ve what you did with it – what a greak hack! The blue/grey you chose is so pretty as is the stained top. And the monogram just makes it!! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Nest!!

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  11. How have I never seen this at IKEA before??!! Adore what you did with it! The combination of the stained top and painted bottom is perfect!

    1. Hi Cassie, I believe it was Minwax Special Walnut. It’s my very favorite – I use it on almost everything!

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  14. Hi! Love this. I’ve been wanting to grab one of these for a long time and finally have the inspiration! Did you sand or prime before you painted and stained? How is it holding up? Thanks!!

    1. No sanding or priming before I painted it but looking back I think sanding it would have been smart. It looks great! There are a few chips in the paint where I keep the pots and pans just from wear and tear but overall it’s looking great!

  15. That looks great! I’ve had mine for five years all plain but now I’m finally gonna paint and stain it. Did you take it apart or did you paint it assembled?