Ikea Marble & Gold Bar Cart Hack




I saw this DIY floating around Pinterest for about two years now. It started with people using the BYGEL cart from Ikea. It had three white shelves, a tiny drawer under the first shelf and a few hooks. It looked incredible when people gave it a makeover. You would’ve never thought it was an Ikea product. I finally decided I wanted one of my own since I have so many bar accessories collecting dust in my cabinets and I wanted to show them off! I drove my butt to my local Ikea to find out that the BYGEL cart was discontinued. WHAT. OH MY GOD. NO. WHY IKEA WHY..oh wait..they remade a similar kitchen cart that looked just like the BYGEL one. Phew.. I over-exaggerated for nothing.

This kitchen cart is almost identical to the BYGEL one you see DIY’d on Pinterest..minus the tiny drawer and hooks. It’s called SUNNERSTA and its only $39.99!!! I purchased the cart and built it right when I got home.

The steps are very self explanatory, but it thought it would be fun to take a few pictures and show you what steps I took to make this incredibly cute and stylish gold marble bar cart!

  • First step is to find a clean open area to spray paint in. Preferably something outdoors or in a garage. Spray paint stinks and if you spray it in a confined area you will get lightheaded and feel wobbly. I’ve made this mistake before hahaha it was awful. 
  • Make sure you lay down either some newspapers or a large cardboard so the spray paint doesn’t get on the floor.
  • Also rubber gloves! Super useful you don’t want your hands covered in spray paint.
  • I decided to build the kitchen cart and then spray paint it without the shelves. It made for an easier application and I didn’t want the spray paint drying to the cardboard and peeling when I removed it to spray paint the other side.

  • Apply an even coat of spray paint to the entire kitchen cart. I used a can and a half of spray paint because I did two coats just to make sure there were no white spots still showing.

  • The wheels need some extra attention. Make sure when you spray the wheels, don’t forget to roll the wheel over and spray the white parts that were covered!

  • How pretty are these white/green hydrangea’s in my backyard!

  • And the first step is done! It takes a few hours to fully dry before you can move on to the next part. But doesn’t that look so great already?? Time for step two!

  • You’re going to want to spray paint the screws gold to match the rest of the bar cart. I stuck the screws into a thick piece of foam and spray painted the tops of the screws.

  • Now onto the marble shelves. You’re going to need:
  1. A pair of scissors
  2. A pencil
  3. A ruler
  4. Marble contact paper. This one from Amazon is hands down my favourite one. One roll is more than enough to cover all three shelves and the marble print looks identical to real marble!

  • Spread the marble contact paper on top and around the shelf to get an idea of how much you are going to need for your shelf.

  • Measure each side depth of the shelf so you can have an accurate measurement before you cut the contact paper. Make a small pencil mark where the edge of the contact paper lines up to the edge of the shelf.

  • The great thing about this marble paper is the grid in the back. It helps out tremendously with lining up the edges. I used a ruler and penciled a straight line just to double check that I was going to cut the line straight. Remember, measure twice, cut once!

  • Snip snip!!

  • Once your contact paper is cut to size, you’re now ready to remove the adhesive and apply it to the shelf. Make sure you take extra time with the side edges of the shelf. You want to make sure each side is equal so that one edge doesn’t have more contact paper hanging over than the other side.

  • To ensure there are absolutely no air bubbles take your time spreading the contact paper onto the shelf.  A nifty trick I used to make sure I didn’t rip anything was using a small soft towel. I find using a credit card or anything with a sharp edge to smooth out the contact paper not the greatest. I’ve had a lot of unfortunate instances where the paper got ripped using sharp edges, so using a soft cloth works just as well and you’re guaranteed no ripping!

  • Bend over the contact paper hanging off the side on both edges of the shelf and press firmly to make sure the adhesive sticks to the sides.

  • The corners aren’t as tricky as they may look. You’re going to want to fold over one side, and then fold over the remaining sticky side on top. You should then have a clean flat folded look that doesn’t stick out.

  • Because we folded over the holes that are needed to screw into the cart, you’re going to want to puncher the holes through the contact paper. Don’t worry about ripping, it’s a soft material and a sharp pencil will go right through with no problem.

  • And here is the final result of the marble shelf! Repeat the steps with the remaining two shelves and then you’re ready to assemble the cart! The Ikea cart will come with instructions in the box that you can follow as normal.

Bar cart styling post! 




  1. August 3, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    This is GORGEOUS! Wow. I just went to IKEA and thought about grabbing one of these carts – I totally should’ve. I think I might try this out on my new desk – gold legs with a marble top. Thanks for the DIY tips!

    xoxo, Paige

    • braveandbrilliant
      August 30, 2017 / 2:09 pm

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! If you recreate the post please leave me a link I would love to see it!!

  2. Maria
    October 11, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your aesthetic! Every post amazes me. Keep it up girl, you’re awesome!

    • braveandbrilliant
      October 11, 2017 / 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much Maria! So happy you like my blog!! ♡

  3. October 15, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, this would go perfectly in my home. I love it. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this! I guess it’s time to go to Ikea. 🙂

    • braveandbrilliant
      October 17, 2017 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! Gas up the car, time to head to Ikea!!

  4. November 3, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    what a brilliant idea!

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