So I might be a bit obsessive about my house. A tad over the top.
Recently I made a subtle change that probably only I will notice, but was so worth it. You may remember the last time I shared my kitchen, it looked like this:
I loved my little Ikea kitchen cart for its practicality (it stores everything from appliances to plastic bags to tools!) but since we got it on Craigslist, I wasn’t too crazy for the colour.
Very beige and very boring. I had thought quite a bit about sanding it down to reveal the wood, or at least sanding down the top and painting the bottom white, but it all sounded very labour intensive.
But! A few weeks ago I was browsing the As-Is section (love the As-Is section!) at Ikea and I found the exact same cart for 50% off! Apparently it had a chip in one of the legs, but I can’t see it whatsoever. Maybe one day it will suddenly collapse on me, but I doubt it.
In any case, I picked it up for $30, and sold the beige one for the same amount! We originally bought the second-hand cart for $40, but in my mind, this way I at least broke even on my new purchase. Here’s how it looked in our kitchen.
Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone when it comes to Ikea, so one night while Shaun and I were watching TV, I whipped out the stain I used on our laptop table.
I had thought about doing white on the bottom and a stained butcher block top, but with all those narrow pieces making up the shelves, I decided the effort wasn’t worth the pay off. Since it was untreated wood and fairly rough (sanding wasn’t really necessary) I just grabbed a cloth and got to work.
Sorry for the blurry photos; I get more into the project then the eventual post quality sometimes! It gives you an idea of the stain colour compared to the untouched wood though.
An hour or so later, it looked like this! I didn’t bother protecting it as I only use it for storage and the odd extra plate of food while I’m cooking, but it would be easy to coat with a protective layer of varnish.
Such a quick and satisfying transformation.
I left it to dry overnight, and loaded it up with my small appliances and kitchen extras. Here was our eating nook a few months ago…
(Don’t mind the little stool on the bottom. I need it to manoeuvre around my top cabinets!)
The cart turned out perfectly. The stain works so well with the varnish I used on the open shelving and the exposed wood adds a nice bit of warmth and interest compared to the basic beige.
I love the look of fresh flowers on our kitchen table.
Totally worth the extra effort to sell the first one on Craigslist! Have you ever reworked a piece to make it fit better within your space? Better yet, bought the exact same piece twice? Does your partner find your constant tweaking as crazy as my fiancé does mine?