These photos are moodier than what I prefer, but this is the lighting we get downstairs in our loft; I decided to embrace it. Besides, I think it fits the theme and I love the shadow play.
As I mentioned in this post, I've been on the hunt for a simple, elegant, gold bar cart, mainly as a Valentine's day gift for A, but also as a decorative piece for our home. I did find two that I like and that aren't extortionately priced ($300+ for a cup holder? No, no) - this one (sold only in stores) and this three-tier one (on sale) - but ultimately decided to take matters into my own hands (literally!).
The DIY bar cart
I picked up the IKEA BYGEL utility cart, and a can of Rustoleum Specialty Metallic gold spray paint and marble-print contact paper from Home Depot, and went to town.
First, I built the frame of the IKEA cart, per the assembly instructions, without the shelves (basically, all the silver metal parts and the wheels). I set the frame upright, in a half of the cardboard box the cart was packaged in, to transport outside, where I sprayed about two coats of the Rustoleum paint.
While I waited for the paint to dry, I applied the contact paper to each shelf, making sure to smooth out any air bubbles. I used a small box cutter (an X-Acto knife might work better) to cut out the bits of paper in the curved corners, which are covered by the metal frame.
After 24 hours (the paint dries to touch in 15 minutes, but I waited to be safe), I reassembled the cart with the shelves in place, leaving out the drawer (which I thought the cart looked better without).
This was my first DIY project and sure it's a shoddy job, but we can call that 'character', right? :)
Just don't forget to stock the cart...
Do you have any DIY/Valentine stories? x