Published on March 10th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Need kitchen space? Get a cart

A movable cart is a great mini kitchen island. Extra counter space, storage and serving space. What’s not to like? Terry does a great job making the Bekvam fit his kitchen’s look and feel.

She says, “I thought you might want to see how I changed an Ikea Bekvam kitchen cart.

First, I stained it to match our new Ikea Liljestad cabinets, then sealed with Varathane. I used leftover tiles from the backsplash to tile the top. To finish the tiled top I added a frame of wood, stained the same color as the cart.”

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14 Responses to Need kitchen space? Get a cart

  1. Great idea to use tiles to transform a basic kitchen cart to match the kitchen decor.

  2. Anonymous says:

    please Terry, tell me how did you arrange the tiles on the cart! did you glue them? planning to do the same with the up part of my kitchen island but I’m not sure how to do it…

  3. curtis says:

    Very nice Terry. I’m perusing IkeaHacker for ideas as I’ve had an eye on this cart as well. Tiling it may prolong the life of the table’s surface as I plan on using it for a toaster oven.

    This is such a versatile little item. So far I’ve sen it transformed into a bathroom sink frame and a work bench. So many great uses.

    Thank you for your contribution(s).

  4. Anonymous says:

    very very nice!! The cart is beautiful!!

  5. Christine says:

    what stain did you use? I am just starting the “hunt” to match and would love any help.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Not sure about the choice of tile. I understand why you did it- waste not, want not… The countertop surface instead would have been a nice compliment.

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  9. Jules says:

    Oops, Terry. Corrected. :)

  10. Marleen says:

    Wow! Lovely tiles, and a great job of fitting them on the cart.

    But that’s hardly a small kitchen! Mine has all of two drawers, and three cupboards. Someday…

  11. Robj98168 says:

    I like the use of tiles to complete the cart- makes it look like it belongs in your kitchen!

  12. Terry says:

    Thanks for posting my kitchen cart. We love how it works in the kitchen. Just a little FYI–I am Terry, who did the work and I’m a “she” Terry, not a “he”!

  13. waywardmedic says:

    Well done hack. I do like the tiled top and the frame for it. Planning to do the same for my small kitchen. This is an inspiration.

  14. prue says:

    a perfect match – well done!

    the added frame definitely improves the proportions of the cart.

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