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Swanking up an IKEA Bar Cart

So as I've admitted before, I have a need to change my decor incessantly! As a matter of fact I've been this way since I was very young and have always been design obsessed! Always pushing my mother's furniture around as if it were my own house. I was even so obsessed with an ivory satin bedspread that I tacked the photo from the JcPenney catalog onto the wall above my bed when I was about 8. So whoever claims they started the idea of vision boards, I beg to differ. I was vision boarding my ass off by age 8, and I have one foot in the grave, so needless to say I've been manifesting since the dark ages. I once had an ex-boyfriend of mine say he hoped he'd never go blind because he'd never be able to find his way around the house, what with all my constant changes.

I LOVE finding things at a reasonable price and putting the Chrissy touch on them. I find it very hard to purchase items that are expensive because I do like to change my decor so frequently, but there's also a part of me that loves the hunt of an inexpensive find. I love scouring thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales or discount stores like Home Goods, Marshall's, and TjMax. Another place I'm absolutely obsessed with is IKEA. Their prices are amazing, and there's so many cool hacks you can do to upscale their items with just a little creativity, and generally some paint and handiwork. This project is an IKEA upscale hack, and I'll show you how to get two different looks out of one inexpensive bar cart.

So I decided it was time at the ripe old age of 44 to adult, and adults have bar carts right? I found this really inexpensive bar cart at IKEA. At the time I was doing more of a Hollywood Regency style (if that's even a thing. I don't claim to be a professional designer, but that's what I like to call it). The design was focused around golds, black, and pops of pink. So originally I painted it metallic gold. Added a fun little tray on top that was black and white with a chevron print. I loved it!!!! Throw some cheap little bar accessories that you can find all day at Home Goods or TjMax, and your bar cart is swanky AF.

Here's what the bar cart looks like standard out of the box:

However, it wasn't long until I wanted a more light and neutral design theme, think Restoration Hardware, so with the layer of a new paint color and wood trays from Home Goods, this bar cart took on a whole new life.

Just to be clear, a bar cart is not complete without a scantily clad broad for a wine stopper and some striped straws. I found the straws on Amazon, but have since seen them at Party City, and the wine stopper was a gift.

All the trays, the antlers, and the Chalk Board were all found at Home Goods. I love changing up the chalk board art during the holidays or when I host parties. The little light on top is an art light from Lamps Plus.

The cart is easily moveable being that it has wheels. It's fun, small, and portable if you need to move it for entertaining, or if you are limited on space. It tucks nicely in the corner of my formal dining area.

My dining room table was an amazing find at a garage sale for only $50! It's a Restoration Hardware table, and was very expensive new. The original color of the table was a cherry wood and not my favorite to say the least. I just brush painted it black and and then distressed the edges. I absolutely love it, and how can you beat $50.00 for a beautiful table like that! All the chairs were purchased at Cost Plus World Market as well as the chandelier, and the rug is from IKEA. I loved the idea of mismatching chairs and introducing other tones so it wasn't all matchy match.

So that's it for today. A little peak into my dining area and my IKEA bar cart hack.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time!

Christine XOXO

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