Most of us at some point or another have probably succumbed to the siren song of IKEA® furniture. It’s cool, modern and – my personal favorite – dirt cheap. That’s why I jumped at the chance to join the HomeRight® IKEA hack challenge this month.
You all know how much I love HomeRight. As an ambassador, I get to use their products in creative ways each month (their tools turn me into a superhero DIYer). Most importantly, I get the chance to give away HomeRight products to you! Stick around for a great one at the end of this post.
This month, my challenge was to transform a basic IKEA bookshelf into something amazing. Here are the materials I picked up to complete my project:
The goal? Build a rolling cart to hold our family’s crafting and art supplies.
I began by flipping the shelf over. I trimmed out four wood blocks on my miter saw to serve as a base for attaching the cart wheels. I used wood glue to adhere them to the bottom of the shelf and to each other.
Tip: Consider adding a plywood base that spans the entire depth of the shelf, so the wheels can be installed as far apart as possible. This will help increase the stability of the cart.
Next, I trimmed out some pieces of all-purpose molding to dress up the shelf. I attached them using a brad nailer.
After the wheel blocks and molding were installed, it was time to prime and paint.
I used a good primer and Rust-Oleum® Chalked Ultra Matte paint in Country Gray for this project.
Tip: Although chalked paint doesn’t require primer, use it anyway on surfaces like melamine-coated shelving. It will improve the durability of the finish.
Of course, my HomeRight Finish Max Pro* made easy, fast work of the painting process.
I ordered the swivel plate casters online here for $3.98 apiece.
For the top of the cart, I nailed on a wood piece that I stained in a Kona finish.
I built a rod to hold the craft paper using basic plumbing supplies: two galvanized 1/2″ elbows, two galvanized floor flanges and one 1/2″ pipe.
Finally, I filled the shelves with inexpensive baskets I picked up at Gabes, labeling each basket with a DIY wooden tag. (Find out how to make your own here.) I free-handed the labels for the tags using a nail art pen.
DONE! Time to enjoy the new, rolling craft cart.
Special thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post and giveaway. I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are my own.
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