Before & After: IKEA BEKVAM Cart Gets a Makeover

published Mar 16, 2015
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After not finding the island kitchen cart she wanted, Meg spotted an abandoned IKEA BEKVAM cart in her garage. It served as a little island in her first home, and was now covered with paint, but otherwise was in great shape and a good size for her new space. After dragging it in the house, Meg decided to give it a makeover and new look.

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From Meg:

[The cart is] now sporting 2 coats of General Finishes Queenstown Gray with Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax topcoat.

I have added a Carrara marble top to correspond with the island in the same thickness (makes the cart quite heavy but solid) We only removed the original wood paint splattered top and used PL Premium (in the caulking aisle) to attach it. For you local readers, we had the marble cut and honed at a fabricator in Welland called Granite Innovations. I have used them for all my stone work (they know me by name now lol) I also painted the rubber on the wheels to get rid of the 2 tone with Annie Sloan graphite and clear wax. All my favourite paints are supported here!

The towel bar/handle is a pair of vintage brass towel holders from Etsy with a piece of electrical conduit for the bar (this comes in 10 foot lengths only, I had to get the guy in the store to use a pipe cutter to cut it in half so I could get it in my truck)

Thanks for sharing Meg! For more of Meg’s projects, and additional photos of her kitchen, check out her blog, Oliver & Rust.

Re-edited from a post originally published 3.16.15-NT