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September 8, 2015

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart With Food Safe Wooden Top

Fall is definitely in the air here in the Canadian Prairies and would you believe they had snow in the mountains over the weekend. This cool weather has me thinking about root vegetables, homemade apple pie, and steaming pots of stew.

For people like me with a small kitchen and little counter space, what better way to add more food prep surface than with a small portable rolling kitchen cart. Even better, one with a food safe butcher block top and shelves below for extra storage.

I found this IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart for a song at a local online auction site. Other than in need of a good cleaning, it was in pretty good condition. While being solid wood, I have to say these handy carts lack any charm or personality.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Makeover

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Makeover


This is what it looked like when I got it...

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Before Makeover
*Affiliate links are included in this post so you can see what products I used for this makeover. See my full disclosure policy.

The first thing I did was remove the wooden slats on the shelves and sanded them using a mouse sander. Next, using a chip brush I treated each slat with Hemp Oil (*affiliate link).

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart with hemp oiled wooden shelves

Hemp Oil is a food safe product which is safe to use on butcher block counters, cutting boards, and wooden spoons. It worked beautifully to restore the luster on the wood top and wooden slats on each shelf of my kitchen cart.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Wooden Top Refreshed With Hemp Oil

To add some charm, I simply dry brushed chalk paint in the color Rustic Charm by Country Chic Paint. I applied long random strokes so the wooden underneath could still be seen.


IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart with rustic charm

Rustic Charm pairs beautifully with the light colored wood. I also protected the chalk paint with hemp oil for a matte finish - it works great as a protective finish for milk or chalk paint.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart chalk painted in rustic charm

I added a couple of bronze hooks (*affiliate link) for hanging dish towels or oven mitts.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart with bronze hooks

I staged the island with new linen grain sack stripped dish towels (*affiliate link) because there was no way you guys were going to see my stained, torn and tatty well-used oven mitts.  

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart With Butcher Block Top

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Makeover

I like how the casters offer portability to the cart so it could be used in any room for multiple purposes.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart with locking casters

I'm quite pleased with how much character this simple wood IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart has now, especially with the food safe wooden butcher block top.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart With Food Safe Butcher Block Top

Those of you who have been following my blog may remember the Fall Harvest Sign that I made last year.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart With DIY Fall Harvest Sign

I best end this post here because I have a date with my crockpot.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Makeover Before and After
This project is being shared at these fabulous LINK PARTIES.

I turned another IKEA tiered table into a Portable Multi-Purpose Cart for my home office. I also repurposed an IKEA Moppe into an Apothecary Cabinet. For my grandson's nursery, I repurposed an IKEA Tarva into a Nursery Change Table.


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