My Ikea Raskog cart transformation

I love to find things in thrift stores and Good Will, but every once in a while, after saving and scrimping, I treat myself to some wonderful organizational piece. This is that piece! My Ikea Raskog cart. I bought it last year and left it a bland but pretty cream color. I grew tired of this bland appearance, so I decided to give it a bit of a makeover. It was time-consuming the way I did it, but I want to redo things and make them last a long time. (My frugal nature rears its head again lol). Link to the Raskog cart below.

 

It wasn’t as difficult as I expected it to be, and unless you’re the anal-retentive DIYer like I am, simply put it together and paint it already assembled. The way I did it, it took five coats of paint (three cans) to get the finish I desired. Are you ready? Here we go!

First, I disassembled the cart. Next, I placed all of the parts on a large piece of cardboard to protect the concrete (outside of course, the fumes and overspray from spray paint are awful).

Using four light coats, I sprayed each piece, each side, allowing each coat to completely dry. The key is LIGHT coats. Heavy coats end up running and dripping and looking kind of ucky.

 I actually used a box to paint each of the three shelves, because they fit perfectly inside it and kept the overspray to a minimum.
Finally, I assembled the entire thing and gave it one more good coat. After that was dry, I added washi tape to the top of each basket to give it a look that complimented my craft room. The result was stunning, if I do say so myself.
I added an Ikea Bygel cup to the right to store adhesive taperunners, and I added an Ordning utensil caddy to the left with zip ties to hold taller things like my heavy duty scissors and rulers. Each shelf is a separate ‘zone’ so to speak and will be explained here:
The top of the cart holds my 4×6 and 6×6 paper. I use these quite frequently to mat photos, use for journal boxes, or too use for small punches or die cuts. In the front in the green Dollar Tree bins are some Project Life materials. I don’t follow Project Life per se, but I love their small cards for journaling. When I see them on sale or clearance, I grab a few packs. They’re great for journaling! (Note the washi tape around the top shelf — matches my room perfectly).
The second level holds my boxes of punches, Becky Higgins sketches for inspiration when I’m stuck trying to decide how to lay out a scrapbook page, and a Dollar Tree bin of Wink of Stella markers. These markers are wonderful! They not only are markers, but they have glitter built into them, so your journaling or coloring gleams with glitter!
The bottom shelf holds my Texture Boutique embossing machine, and two Totally-Tiffany embossing folder clear plastic containers. I LOVE these clear organizers! They make it so easy to see my embossing folders (I store them alphabetically by my description not the name. I’d never find them by name because quite honestly, some of the names by the manufacturers are very strange lol).
So there’s my cart! I pimped it out, I love it, and it works great in my craft room. I roll it where I need it then put it back. It holds everything I use every day in scrapbooking.
UPDATE: Ikea is adding two new cart colors to their inventory but are doing away with the beloved dark grey & turquoise. If you want one, get one quickly! Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Rumor is they’re replacing these colors with burnt orange & black.

Author: Christine

Working mom who runs all day long but loves to craft! I'm the Queen of all that is frugal, and love to pass along my wonderful finds & upcycled projects! I began scrapbooking years ago, but have evolved to include all types of crafting. I also love to pass along organizational ideas!