Kitchen Cart Shimmy-ya

3 Feb

I’m so excited to share my kitchen cart project with you. It has added some lovely color and much needed counter space to our drab rental-home kitchen.

This project was extra fun because I got to try some new materials. This was my first date with Benjamin Moore paint. This paint is a bit more difficult to find. Here you can only purchase it at ACE Hardware and it ran me about $20 a quart. Regardless, it was worth every stinking penny. It was like painting with butter..whipped butter. Seriously, it was so luxurious and easy to use. Originally I wanted to try the BM Advance paint that I heard about on Young House Love but I couldn’t find it locally. So I settled with their Aura satin finish in Bahaman Sea Blue. I was not disappointed. This paint is low VOC, self-priming, and great for high traffic areas. Since my cart was untreated, unpainted wood I only needed one coat!

For the top of the cart I wanted to keep with a butcher block feel. I stained this with MinWax Wood Finish in Natural. I used two coats of stain.

Lastly, this cart was going to need to stand up to bangs, scratches, water, cleaner, etc. So I knew I had to put a finish on it. I was dreading using a poly or lacquer because of the toxic fumes and being stuck inside my house to work on this. After some research I tried Safecoat Acrylacq which a water based, low VOC, environmentally friendly lacquer type sealer. I had to purchase this online because no local dealers I used two coats for this. This stuff was very low odor and I used it indoors with ventilation and it was just fine. So far it is holding up to use and cleaning. I love love love it and plan on finishing most of my high use pieces with this.

For the finishing touches I drilled a few holes on each side and added a towel bar. I bought a larger drawer pull from Lowes to fit the smaller space. Worked like a charm. Finally, I added a lovely Scandinavian tree tea towel from West Elm to finish it off.

Hope you enjoy it!

IKEA Bekvam cart---BEFORE












Getting ready for the towel bar



Zoey photo bomb--hilarious.


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12 Responses to “Kitchen Cart Shimmy-ya”

  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. March 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Your cart is just beautiful! I love the color. And the extra storage and work space will surely come in handy! Thanks so much for linking up and linking back!

    • lynnegbosma March 4, 2012 at 9:37 am #

      yes, with our tiny rental home kitchen we needed the space!! Thank you for stopping by and hosting 🙂

  2. kimberly March 5, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Love this cart and Love the color….. One of my favs!!

  3. Stacey March 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

    That is a great redo! That blue is fabulous and the dog is so cute – what a fun pic! Thank you for linking up to my Creative Inspirations party – I am so glad you came by! I would love for you to come back this week to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    • lynnegbosma March 5, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

      Thanks for hosting and swinging by! Thanks also for your sweet words about my project. 😀

  4. Jaime from crafty scrappy happy March 7, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Fabulous fabulous color choice. I love the final look!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  5. Karen Berg March 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I so love the bright cheery finish. Great work! Sharing tomorrow at my party!

    • lynnegbosma March 7, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      Thanks so much! Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for hosting! So excited for the share 😀

  6. Carrie March 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    Love that color, posted it on my Facebook page. Thanks for linking up!!/MakingLemonadeBlog


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