DIY Bar Cart Customize Ikea Vittsjo Desk

Easy diy Bar Cart 
so you and your guests will be 
sipping pretty this holiday season! 

Here's what you’ll need: 

Ikea Vittzjo 
 The Desk soon to be Bar Cart:

 Assemble the Ikea Vittsjo Desk according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

 Once complete remove the small screws from the bottom of each leg. 

You can use this screw as a width guide when buying the screws to attach the bottom shelf. 

 The Bottom Shelf:

 When choosing the material for the shelf, make sure it’s no thinner than 1/2″ or it will bend with the weight of whatever you put on it. We used a 3/4″ thick Melamine board. Melamine is the same material use for closet shelving. Pine board and MDF are other options. 

 Cut the board the same size as the bottom of the desk. The goal is to be able to screw the legs to the corners of the board. 

Make a template for the drill holes. 
With a piece of paper line up the corner of the paper with the corner of the leg bottom.

Draw your drill mark on the board using your template. Line the corner of the template up with the corner of the board and mark. 

 Use a drill bit that’s big enough for the screw to fit through the board and extend out the other side. Carefully drill the hole so you don’t break the corner, which I did first time around. 

 Once drilled you can finish the edges of the board. 

 If you’re using pine or MDF board you should sand any sharp edges and prime the wood for spray painting.

 If using Melamine board, you’ll want to finish the edges using an Iron-on Melamine edging. It is easy to do and it looks great.
 Follow the product instructions for application. 

 Design Element:

 Our design element is the O’verlays Greek Key 4″ x 95″x 1/4″ strip. 
Other strip options are the Harper Thick, Lolita and Grace Thick strips. 

 Cut the strip into lengths that fit the area you want the O’verlays to cover. We chose to cover the bottom sides and bottom back and the top sides of the cart. That works out to be around 94 inches of strip. 

 To cut the O’verlays use a sharp xacto knife and a ruler to assure straight lines. Score the cut lines with a ruler and a sharp blade and continue scoring until cut through.

 Sand any rough edges.  

 The Paint: 

There are so many fabulous metallic spray paints to choose from. We chose a Rose Gold by Valspar. Rustoleum also makes a great Metallic spray paint that comes in gold, copper and other various metallics. 

 Before painting, lightly sand the desk and the melamine top and wipe clean. 

 Tape the wheels of the casters if you’re painting them to match the cart.


  Take everything outside or to a well ventilated area prepared for spray painting. Paint according to the manufacture’s instructions.

 Let everything dry thoroughly. 

Helpful Hint: Be careful not to spray the paint too heavy so you can avoid puddles and drips. When painting the desk, paint the surface that is facing up first then once the paint is dry turn the desk to another section and paint repeating this process until the desk is completely painted. This is the best way to avoid drip marks. 
This technique also works  for the O’verlays. 

Putting the Cart Together:

 Turn the table upside down and lay the shelf on the top of the legs lining up the screw holes. 

 Place a small amount of glue in the top of the screw hole and place the screw into place and secure to the table. 

Add a little glue to the top of the screw for extra strength. Do the same with all sides. 

  With the table still upside down attach the casters to the shelf about and inch or so from the sides at the four corners and secure with small screws. 

Attaching the O’verlays:

 A clear epoxy will hold best in this project. We like using Loctite clear epoxy. Adhere the O’verlays to the cart and let dry according to the instructions of the adhesive you are using.   

Let dry thoroughly.

You’re ready to decorate.

Cocktails anyone? 

 Happy Holidays, 

 The O’verlays Team


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Wow Rex...Look at those Door Knockers!

Meet the Ikea Tarva which had been painted a boring beige...

Curious to know what the door knockers are all about?  
Well, lets start from the beginning. This Tarva is just begging for a new life. 
Commence Tarva makeover now!

IKEA Tarva 3 Drawer Dresser

"Luxorious" black paint, by Velvet Finishes Paint was the first step in our beautification mission.
After a quick sanding, out came the roller and on went the paint.  
You can also use an interior acrylic black paint if you prefer.  
We find any paint holds better if you apply a few layers 
and a top coat of a clear acrylic matte finish to seal the deal.  

--Be sure to follow the paint manufacturers directions--

Velvet Finishes

We did not want to use the standard drawer pulls it came with, so we filled the holes with a wood filler. 
It's like they never happened! 

Now the part where the O'verlays Rex Thick  pattern and the Knockers meet.

  We found some Baldwin Door Knockers on the internet and they were on sale!  

They weren't exactly the color we had in mind but it's amazing what a can of Metallic Spray Paint can do.

The perfect  golden "Luxorious" combination

Next we glued the panels to the drawer fronts. 

--Be sure that the glue you choose bonds plastic to wood--

Then we drilled holes into the center of each drawer face to attach the knockers. 

We had to step back and give ourselves a little pat on the back for this one. 

Beautification mission complete! 

Where would you put this dresser in your home?

Let us know!

The O'verlays Team

Another suggested site for hardware:


Rules Change for Besta Console

 Bad news is IKEA® has changed the rules and the "Besta Combination Console" is no longer sold as a kit.
Good news is you can still purchase the parts to create it.  So we put together this guide to make it easy for you to create a beautiful console that is not only functional but also quite elegant!

Our project consists of the following Ikea® pieces 

1. You will need the IKEA Besta console frame.

Console size: 47-1/4 x 15-3/4 x 25-1/4 "

Would you like to add legs?  
This gives the Besta a graceful lift off the floor which adds shape and sophistication.

2. Four  IKEA Stubbarp legs one for each of the 4 corners of the console frame

Easy installation, just screw them on! 

Next you need doors.

3. We used 2 IKEA Lappviken doors.

Door size: 23-5/8 x 25-1/4 "
Now for the special touch.

4.  Two O'verlays panels of your choice! That fit it the Besta door size 23-5/8" x 25-1/4"
Featured below is O'verlays Harper Thick panels which are easy to paint and install. They ship white and can be a subtle accent to your new piece white on white, or with an accent color which can bring a new element to your space.

Panel size: 23.3125 x 25"
For a unique touch that says it's your design, add door knobs or pulls.  

We purchased the Baldwin Door Knockers used in the above image from Other good resources for pulls are and

O'verlays offers a variety of patterns for the Besta doors. You can shop here now.
You can also click on the photos for direct links for easy shopping!

Please remember to send us pictures of your finished O'verlays projects.  We love seeing and sharing your fabulous creations!


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