IKEA Bekvam Cart Makeover With Farmhouse Charm

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

If you're like me and have a small kitchen and little counter space, what better way to add more food prep surface than with a small portable rolling cart. Today I'm showing you how I gave a used IKEA Bekvam Cart a makeover with Farmhouse charm that can be rolled out of the way when not in use.

IKEA Bekvam Cart Makeover With Farmhouse Charm

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart Makeover

We found this well used one at a local online auction site and this is what it looked like when we brought it home...

IKEA Bekvam Cart Before Makeover

While it lacked any personality it's a solid wood cart with handy locking casters, making it the perfect portable cart for a small kitchen.

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Making the butcher block top food safe

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

IKEA Bekvam Cart with food safe oiled wooden slats

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

IKEA Bekvam Cart Food Safe Oiled Top

Adding Farmhouse charm

To add some charm, I dry brushed a light coat of chalk paint in the color Rustic Charm by Country Chic Paint in long random strokes so the wood underneath could still be seen.

IKEA Bekvam Cart With Towel Holder Hooks

Rustic Charm pairs beautifully with light colored wood and using 220 grit sandpaper, I distressed some of the paint for more of the wood to show through.

Did you know hemp oil can also be used as a protective finish? If you used a porous paint like milk or chalk paint, it absorbs into the paint and provides a beautiful matte protective finish. Apply it with a rag or chip brush, let it absorb into the paint for several minutes and away the excess.

IKEA Bekvam Cart Chalk Painted With Rustic Charm

I added a couple of bronze hooks for hanging dish towels or oven mitts on each side of the cart.

IKEA Bekvam Cart with bronze hooks

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

IKEA Bekvam Cart With Butcher Block Top

IKEA Bekvam Cart Makeover

The casters offer portability to the cart so it could be used in any room and for multiple purposes.

IKEA Bekvam Farmhouse Cart with locking casters

I'm quite pleased with how much farmhouse charm was added to this simple IKEA Bekvam cart with one coat of paint and food safe oil.

IKEA Bekvam Cart With Food Safe Wooden Top

The sign hanging above the cart was made with a thrift store picture frame and dollar store leaves and super easy to make. You can find the tutorial here in my post Fall Harvest Sign.

IKEA Bekvam Kitchen Cart With DIY Fall Harvest Sign

I hope I've inspired you to add some farmhouse charm to a simple portable IKEA Bekvam Cart. Now I have a date with my crockpot!

Here are some more IKEA Hacks that I've done over the years starting with another Portable Multi-Purpose Cart that I'm using in my home office. I also repurposed an IKEA Moppe into an Apothecary Cabinet where we keep our CD collection. For my grandson's nursery, I repurposed an IKEA Tarva into a Nursery Change Table.

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IKEA Bekvam Cart Farmhouse Makeover

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  1. Love this! I am picking up the same item this weekend and am going to paint it with white chalk paint. I hadn't thought of adding the hooks but they will be so useful. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Awesome, so glad you were inspired. Have a great time giving your new IKEA cart a makeover!

  2. This turned out great! I didn't know that about hemp oil.

    1. Thank you Alexandra! I'm glad you learned something new about hemp oil. It's a wonderful food safe and child safe product to work with both to protect natural wood on food prep surfaces, or to protect chalk or milk painted surfaces, especially in a nursery.

  3. Looks great! Quick question Marie: the slats just popped off with say a mallet? They weren’t glued?

    1. The slats are attached from underneath with small brad nails that were easy to lift by hand but a small crowbar or rubber mallet would work to remove any stubborn slats.


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