Out kitchen has lots of cupboards but not much counter space. Our solution has been an Ikea kitchen cart and some simple stools from Target.
This pieces have gone through a few... modifications... to fit into our kitchen. Here's their story.
Our first step was to just make the cart fit. We wanted to put it over a radiator so the shelves had to go.
Once the shelves were off it fit great! But something bugged us. The drawers don't have a stop on the back, they are designed to be able to be pulled out from either side. We have it up against a wall though and didn't like that the drawers would often be pushed too far back. Our solution was to add small metal L brackets mounted flush with the backs of the drawer. It was easy to install and worked like a charm!
|Ignore the white paint, we don't have a good "before" shot of the drawer stopper!|
Soon after the drawer modification we were looking for some more storage space so once again we looked to our little kitchen cart. We installed two hooks just below the drawers to hold a cast iron pan and serving tray.
|Old camera darkness!|
We had ourselves a functional, usable, kitchen cart full of storage spots, and that's how it stayed for several months.
The cart and stools were working well but they weren't looking so hot. The light wood looks good in certain settings but it clashed against our white/dark wood/stainless steel kitchen. And... there was a nasty stain on top. That's what we get for buying it cheaper through Craig's List!
Our temporary solution was a table runner. But with a bit of elbow grease (aka sand paper), stain, and paint we made a more permanent solution.
|Mike sanded the nasty stain right off.|
|Our sister helped paint|
|Ready for stain|
|Adding poly - now this is the rich color we love!|
The end result
We noticed a few things right away. 1) We totally forgot to paint a strip of wood between the drawers. 2) The "golden" radiator looks even worse against all the white paint. We'll have to go back and paint that strip we forgot and our plan is to spray paint the radiator silver this summer. We'd do it now but we don't want spray paint all over our kitchen! We have to drain the radiators this summer for some basement plumbing so that's a good time to drag it outside and paint. 3. The tray has got to go/be replaced/be modified as well! That golden wood is no longer working with the cart so we'll be tackling that project in the future as well.
Other than those three future changes, do you think our kitchen furniture matches better now?
P.S. The stain is Minwax Dark Walnut and the paint is Berh Creamy White.