In rearranging our living room furniture the other day for the umpteenth time, I found myself with an empty spot in the corner just begging to be filled. I’ve always liked the idea of having a bar cart, but could never come up with a good place to put it – until now! Having West Elm taste on an IKEA budget, I decided to see what kind of IKEA hack I could come up with. This post on the Rain er Shine blog looked appealing, but $100 for the IKEA piece was more than I was willing to spend on this project, especially as the base price. Then I came across this post on StyleMePretty Living using the $40 VITTSJO laptop table. While the look of their bar cart wasn’t really my style, I liked the lines of the laptop table they used and the price was certainly right. I decided to add a wooden top and shelf, installed a wine glass rack for additional storage, and ended up scrapping the addition of wheels (hence the “ish” in the title). There isn’t really anywhere to move the cart to, and with all the bottles and glasses on there, I’d be afraid to try moving it even if I could.
Here’s everything that went into the project:
- VITTSJO Laptop Table – $39.99, IKEA
- Useful. UH-A103 Under Cabinet Stemware Rack – $24.97, Amazon
- Two 8-foot long 1 inch x 8 inch common boards – $21.96, Home Depot
- One 2-foot long 0.25 inch x 1.5 inch alder hobby board – $1.95, Home Depot
- Sander, saw, screwdriver, hammer, nails, rosewood stain, and satin polyurethane – already had from previous projects
- Wine bottle racks (two of the VURM 4-bottle racks from IKEA), glassware, bar accessories, and lamp – already owned
I had Home Depot cut the 8-foot long boards into four 39.5″ pieces, so that I could use two boards for the top and two for the bottm shelf. The width of the boards combined was a bit more than the depth of the laptop table, but I was able to sand them down to get close to what I needed. For the shelf, I also cut 0.75″ square notches out of the corners to accommodate the table legs.
After sanding and staining all the boards, I put the two top boards onto the table, with the glass part removed, and traced the opening where the glass had been. I used this as my guide to screw on the wine glass rack – make sure you get the back of the rack close to the back of the opening so there’s room to put the glasses into the rack in the front. I also cut down the craft board to about 12.75″ long and nailed it to the two boards on the left edge of the opening to hold the boards together, and act as a guide to keep the top from slipping around on top of the frame. Both the wine glass rack and the craft board were the same depth as the glass that comes with the table, so they fit nicely on top of the little notches that are built into the table to hold the original glass.
The total cost of the project came to just about $90 ($88.87 plus tax) and I love the way it turned out!