I always wanted a bar cart. Countless of hours were spent online looking up trolleys and pinning cute models that one day would reside in my own home. Unfortunately, becoming a home owner meant we are currently faced with very tight budgets so the lavish gold, mirrored trolleys i would see in stores would be too expensive for our newly reduced pocket. Having notions can be very expensive!
So this particular notion was parked indefinitely, to an one day status. Until one evening, i was browsing Instagram and ive seen a fab cart model – copper frame with marble trays – on Saloule’s and Sinead’s profile. And it was from IKEA of all places! Sarah and Sinead did an awesome job DIY’ing their Sunnersta Trolleys and i had to copy them immediately. And the best part is that it only costs €25!
IKEA SUNNERSTA BAR CART DIY STEPS
You can get the IKEA SUNNERSTA Trolley (here) in any IKEA outlet of course, we had a bit of trouble finding it on display in the showroom but if you ask one of the staff members, they would be more than happy to point you to your very own flat packed bar cart of your dreams. Its the perfect canvas for DIY as it is perfectly white with clean lines and minimum hardware. A dream to work on. Did i mention its only €25?!
I had to consult the ultimate DIY expert – Catherine from DaintyDressDiaries when it came to getting my supplies. So after a quick chat and a few screengrabs, i proceeded on a maiden quest to Homebase to get my Rust-Oleum Surface Primer (white, matte finish) and two cans of Rust-Oleum Metallic Bright Copper Spray Paint. I went for a warm copper shade, but it would look brilliant with gold, silver or any other colors you might prefer – matte or metallic finishes. The world is your spray paint oyster!
The three cans of Rust-Oleum costed €13 each (€39 for the lot).
As per Catherine’s advice, i primed the frame first with the Surface Primer and let it dry for about 30 minutes on each side. I honestly seen the difference between primed surfaces and non primed – i didn’t prime the bar cart handle (i forgot) and the spray paint didn’t go as smooth as it did on the primed surface. So like with makeup, make sure your work is well primed!
I ordered my vinyl self adhesive marble paper from Amazon – got mine here. You can use any print, any colors that you might fancy, just make sure its a good quality vinyl that wont look too cheap or be too flimsy. I received two rolls of marble vinyl – i only had to use one – and it costed £6/€7. You don’t have to dress the trays in paper, you can just spray paint them and have a minimalist bar cart. Or you could glue on mirrors for a more glam look, again its your choice.
Last step, the FUN part! I used two cans of the Bright Copper and applied two coats on each side. The whole process took about an hour roughly due to drying time. The spray paint is a fast drying formula, so its touch dry in 20 minutes and fully dry in 24 hours. Also i loved that there was no smell whatsoever after it dried and no streaks or color differences. It was honestly due to the quality of the spray paint as i am quite the disaster at diy.