Monday, February 10, 2014

Ikea Hacking in the Kitchen for more counter space


Good morning everyone!
Trevor and I went to Hamilton with friends this past weekend to see the wonderful Reginald Dwight or Sir Elton John as most of you know him. An excellent performer and I am not even an Elton John fan. Have you ever seen him?

Back to decor, my official first paint project to be shared on the blog of 2014. I was having a paint crisis when choosing the colour for this project as I have a huge load of new paint from the 2 companies I work the most with and just want to use them all right NOW. 
It has been -15 C here on a regular basis which whatever, it's winter but it is too cold for Trevor to even work in our garage and get the rest of the insulation/furnace installation done. So, I am relegated to small projects in the house.

We needed more space for prep and setting things in our kitchen but I didn't want to get rid of our barrel island since y'all seem to think it's genius. Pat on the back for me lol.

I found this inspriation photo on Pinterest

French Chef's Kitchen Island, Single with Shelf 
and thought to myself, well hell I can do that and shove it right under the wine barrel. I initially started to looking for islands and this particular one from Williams Sonoma is 930.00 CAD not including shipping. Ouch! 

After not getting or finding what I want (I am notorious for having such a specific image in my head with no room for compromise, it drives Trevor insane.) I was huffing in the garage trying to get some decor mojo running and saw my paint cart. Formerly the little island in our first home. The top was covered with paint but well now the size was perfect. I dragged it in the house at 11:45pm one night and ha, it fit. 

PROJECT IN MOTION!

I threw some test paints on the legs, waffled for a day and decided on the colour.

For information sake, the cart started out like this
Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart 69.99 (it think it was 59.99 when we bought it 7 years ago)




BEKVÄM Kitchen cart IKEA Solid wood can be sanded and surface treated as needed. Gives you extra storage, utility and work space.

We now have this. I will also remind you that although this is a DIY, I have not made promises on this blog that all my DIY's cost 5.00. My DIY's must not look homemade or I hate them. I try really hard to make it look like something that could have been purchased somewhere which I believe is the true success in a DIY. So, in closing please don't send me nasty comments about this not being a thrift store mock-up, I'll still love you but I'll hate you a little too.




my ikea hacked cart. now sporting 2 coats of #GeneralFinishes Queenstown Gray with #MissMustardSeed 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 #AnnieSloan graphite and clear wax. All my favourite paints are supported here!

 

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)
towel is by my lovely sponser (although she wasn't when i bought this) linen me 

 

and since the kitchen was so squeaky clean I figured we would wander around except for one corner as I am saving that for another coolio post this week. we built something awesome. i reorganzied the metal tray and bought some spring with a white orchid

 





i always wonder when i see photos of kitchens in magazines/ pinterest etc where they put all their kitchen essentials. i get styling but where the hell is the toaster and coffee maker? i would love to pitch our toaster for better photos but it feels like lying. like don't we eat in our kitchen?


the area on the cupboard above the crock [this is where the dead mail/papers go throughout the week. they aren't on our counters causing clutter and go out to the recycling once a week] is getting the same towel bar as the island for our dish drying towels, i am just waiting for the other pair of towel ends to arrive.

 

most of the ironstone bowls we use on a daily basis are now on the island instead of rooting around in cupboards. things in our kitchen don't move that often but my darling man is king of the "where does this go?" question. seeing it on the island helps him and me.

we found the welland box at a local antique store and it now holds our potatoes and yams. onions are stored in a crock on the top shelf. of course i majorly purged the kitchen because of this and threw out all the gadgets and dip holders we have from years of gifts that we have never used. our kitchen isn't big enough to keep things we don't use, my patience isn't long enough to look for things all the time, the space has to work for us. the back door people at the goodwill got a visit for a change.



 
looking into the dining room. we found these great wood corbels at a local pick we just went on by accident with a lovely local woman restoring a huge grand farmhouse. i have wanted to add something to this doorway for awhile but most corbels were too big.


Have a great morning everyone,

See you back in the kitchen for some more goodies this week, maybe a coffee or 2 as well!


Meg


What I'm Listening to:
Night Still Comes: Neko Case

42 comments:

  1. it's perfect!!! great inspiration and great result!

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  2. I love the island and what you did to it and how it fits into your kitchen.

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  3. Love the redo on the Ikea island. It looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Lovely!! Looks great and so professional. : ) I especially love the towel hangers.

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  5. Fantastic! Love the paint color choice and the marble top. Hadn't seen the wine barrel table, love that too. And I'm an ironstone junkie so can't have too many of those pieces!
    xoKathleen

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  6. LOVE IT...LOVE everything about your kitchen!!

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  7. LOVE the addition of the Ikea island, Meg. Love your kitchen too. The addition of the orchid really makes it beautiful. Plus the addition of the marble top!!! Did you just happen to have a piece of marble lying around???:):) Have a GREAT week.

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    1. hi pinky. no i ordered it through my favourite local fabricator. :)

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  8. Great transformation !!!
    Your kitchen is just beautiful :)
    Vistiing from Knick of time

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  9. Love it!
    And the barrell is just too cool!
    You have a beautiful kitchen.

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  10. Your cart turned out beautiful!! I bought one of those in college (much before Ikea hacking was a thing) and I always wanted to spice it up somehow, but never did. Seeing this post makes me want to go an buy another one (the college one is long lost) and make it fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Oh and also, I'm totally with you on the styled/realistic kitchen photos. The noted absence of toasters, coffee pots and microwaves makes me crazy too!

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    1. thanks. sometimes it is funny how we wish we kept things we threw out. in regards to the appliances, it just drives me nuts the overstyled photos that just make it look like a home with no people and roses sprouting out of the floor and countertops. thanks for visiting

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  11. This is absolutely stunning! I would love it if you linked up the The Makers link party going on right now. Hope to see you there!
    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures

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  12. I love what you did with the IKEA island - you took it up several notches and it looks like a piece you'd pay oodles for. Great job! It caught my eye over at The Scoop Party.
    Marie@TheInteriorFrugalista

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  13. You did a great job!! I'm giving you a virtual high five! I'm glad you wandered around your kitchen for more pics because it gave me some inspiration for my kitchen which I want to paint the cabinets white this year!! Beautiful job and thanks for being "real wit it".
    dija from theinspiredcafe.com

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    1. high five received dija. wow you pack a punch lol. have a nice night.

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  14. How amazing, are you going to post the tutorial for this? I would love to feature it on my blog if you have any step by step images and how to's? It turned out fabulous and I prefer it to the inspiration image.

    Lee

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    1. hi lee. thanks for the interest in featuring my cart. there really isn't much more info to give than what i already stated in the post. i painted it, waxed it, plopped the new top on, screwed in the towel bar and voila! have a great night. let me know if you do post it so i can come by for a visit.

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  15. I hide the toaster. The coffee makers sit on the counter. I love, love this hack. I love the marble top. It is gorgeous.

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  16. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely gorgeous!! Seriously I'm in love. I want it :) You did a fabulous job on this.

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  17. Love what you did with that ikea cart, so pretty! Your kitchen is gorgeous too.

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  18. This is gorgeous! Beautiful kitchen styling!

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  19. love it, so much more than the Williams Sonoma!!!

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  20. Awesome makeover! The rest of your kitchen is gorgeous, too. It has so much character.

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  21. Hello Meg,
    LOVE IT!!!! What an upgrade to that Ikea cart. It will be featured at my party on Monday.
    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. oh I'm in LOVE with what you did with your cart!!! we have a similar cart (not from IKEA) that we bought a few years ago, you've inspired me to paint mine soon!!

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  23. This is simply stunning! And I love the functionality it provides. Thank you for sharing!

    Rachel @ Maison de Pax

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  24. That is gorgeous - I love the dark grey. I've been contemplating getting an IKEA cart to use as an island but I was worried I didn't have enough space. Would you mind telling me the dimensions of your kitchen layout? I'd love to do something like this!

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  25. Love what you have done with the cart! I also absolutely love everything about your kitchen!! I'm glad I came across your blog...I'm your newest follower!:)

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  26. What a great solution (and transformation!) Love it! :)
    Susan

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  27. I always love seeing photos of your home, Meg and every time, I see something I really like. I'm loving that grocery sign above your door. Is that 100% vintage or did you make it? Either way, it's quite neat!

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    1. hi kim and thank you. the sign is a 50/50. the board is old that i clear coated to stop the shedding and then i painted/aged the letters and attached them with pl premium. i made quite a few for my shows as well.

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  28. I love how you redid this cart! I have a similar, but rectangular one that I've been thinking of painting for a while now. Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning :) ~Deborah

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  29. What a beautiful DIY! You did an absolutely fabulous job. Your entire kitchen is just lovely. Thanks so much for linking up at The Makers!

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  30. Came here via The Nester this morning! Your blog is not only beautiful but Yummylicious!

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  31. Beautiful, love your cart and the wine barrel. Not to mention all the great ideas. I have picked up several that would work at my son's home.....You are an inspiration <3

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  32. Our toaster and coffee maker and coffee grinder are out--loud and proud--on the counter. We use them everyday, who has time to schlep a toaster oven out everyday?

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  33. thanks for keeping your kitchen "real" :) I wonder that so often when I am on pinterest and then get disappointed with my own when it doesn't have that "staged" look...but that is so not real life. Loved seeing your kitchen!

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  34. What is the wood dealio in the corner over the toaster oven? I love it, like, REALLY love it. I stumbled on this blog through a link and look forward to a day of deep perusal!!! Your house is gorgeous and I love your style. Definitely inspiration for after my renovation (coming this Spring)
    Heather

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  35. What is the wood dealio in the corner over the toaster oven? I love it, like, REALLY love it. I stumbled on this blog through a link and look forward to a day of deep perusal!!! Your house is gorgeous and I love your style. Definitely inspiration for after my renovation (coming this Spring)
    Heather

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