IKEA Cart Mini Island

I don't know what other people do when they can't sleep and wake up at 5:00 am but here's what I did Saturday morning...

vintage stamp on wooden top

My plain IKEA cart never looked as good as it does right now! I've had mine for years and it looked like this...

Ikea cart painted green

Nice green color but hey, I have nothing else to do this early, I've already had 2 cups of coffee, so how about painting it white?

painting cart white

 Wow! Better already!

White painted Ikea cart

Now how about the top? 

First I sanded the top to bring it back to the original color.

Using a palm sander on the top

Then I began beating it with a hammer to distress it...

I wanted to duplicate the look of an old antique bread board I have, it has nail holes on the sides that look very rustic.

wooden board with vintage nails

I can do that!

I began by banging in some black tacks all the way around.

wooden top with nail head decor

Then I mixed black and brown paint with an antiquing glaze.

I stained the top and rubbed off the excess.

adding rustic touches to bare wood

 Then I banged some more nails into the top.

Again a little noisy!

nail in top of wooden cart

distressed wooden cart top

The black paint filled in the hammer marks very nicely!

Next came my inspiration piece... a stamp from the 

graphic from Graphics Fairy

I wanted to only use the black cancellation stamp.

I traced a circle, then used Stayzon stamp pad and stamps

row of 3 photos of Ikea cart top

and the top was finished!

Back to the base, I distressed the white edges with a sander,
and hung some rusty hooks and pretties on the sides. 

Hook on side of Ikea cart

I painted an inexpensive towel bar with metallic spray paint and added it to the side.

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I love it!

Who knew so much creativity could take place at 5 am?

transformed Ikea cart

Ikea cart painted and top distressed

I really need to wake up early more often.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .