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DIY | Marble & Gold Bar Cart (for under $10!)

DIY | Marble & Gold Bar Cart (for under $10!)

I love having a bar cart! It’s such fun decoration, real cute and easy to serve friends a quick drink when they stop in! I’ve had this utility cart from IKEA for about a year, I spray painted the frame gold when I first bought it to match the rest of my house, but then I left it alone from there., at the time it was enough.

Then I got bored with it, it was a little plain and I wanted something a little more dressed up!  So I recently spent a few weeks shopping around for a new bar cart. They’re pretty pricey, and I knew it wasn’t a necessity, there are plentyyy of other things I’m looking around for for our home!

Sooo when I was browsing amazon, and came across this genius that is marble contact paper, (that legit looks like the real thing!), I knew instantly I would update my current bar cart for under $10!

You guys, it came out soooo much better than I ever expected! My husband came home from work the night I did it and says ‘wow! it looks like it costs hundreds of dollars!’ It really looks way fancier, way prettier, and I love it so much!

It was also super easy to do! The contact paper is incredibly simple to work with, it’s self adhesive and you can put it down, peel it up and try again many, many times…any bubbles that came up were easy enough to rub out with a dry towel, and it looks so so real! I want to marble alllll the things now!

Read on for instructions, though I realize it’s pretty self explanatory, and check out how I styled our bar cart!

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  • Bar Cart (I had this one here)
  • gold spray paint
  • marble contact paper (this is the exact one I used)
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • dry hand towel

DIY | Marble & Gold Bar Cart (for under $10!)


If you’re buying the utility cart new from IKEA, (which you should, for only $30!) build the frame and spray paint it gold, keep the shelves out of it.

If you’re just covering shelves, remove them from your current bar cart if you can, it’s much easier to cover them if you can wrap the contact paper under the edges. If you can’t, no biggie, I did one with the shelf in the cart and it worked fine, just a little more work is all.

Begin by wiping down all your shelves, you don’t want any dust particles left or they will leave little dots in your paper.

DIY | Marble & Gold Bar Cart (for under $10!)

Next, measure your shelves (don’t forget any edges) If you’re using the IKEA cart, I measured and cut my contact paper at 20 1/2″ long by 16 1/2″ wide. I did that for three of them, one for each shelf. This was just enough to cover the tops and wrap around the edges. So roll out the contact paper, make your markings, and cut as straight as you can. (To help this, I measured and made a marking 3-4 times along the paper for a straighter cut)

DIY | Marble & Gold Bar Cart (for under $10!)

When you start applying the paper, begin by peeling up a few inches at first and lining up the edge of the contact paper against the edge of the shelf. Stick it on a few inches at a time, rubbing out any bubbles with a towel as you go, and pull the paper slowly.

DIY | Marble & Gold Bar Cart (for under $10!)

Once you cover the top, and any bubbles have been pushed out, you need to cut the corners a bit to fold the paper down. As you can kind of see in the photo, I cut into the corners in a sort of triangle shape, then push the paper down from the top first, and then fold it into the corner from each side. (Almost like when you’re wrapping a present, or making hospital corners when making a bed! ha!)

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Once your corners are folded and your edges are wrapped, you can place your shelf into your cart. Repeat the process with the other two shelves and you’re stylin!

So easy, right?! It’s so fun, so pretty, and such a fabulous budget friendly upgrade! What do you think?!

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  • Reply Kasie Chelanne

    You did a fabulous job on this makeover, I never would have guessed it started as an Ikea cart. Gorgeous!

    February 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      thank you so, so much! I love a good transformation, especially an easy one! 🙂

      February 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Brenna

    Did you order more than one of the contact papers? Also, would you recommend ordering the smoother for the air bubbles? Thanks in advance!

    May 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      Sorry for the delay in response! I only ordered one of the rolls of contact paper and I still had some left over! A smoother may be helpful with the bubbles for sure!

      May 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Lexie

    How many coats of spray paint did you have to do to make the gold solid? Trying to make this bar cart, among other Ikea hacks, and having trouble getting the spray paint to stick!

    May 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I used two coats! I didn’t have any trouble at all with the paint sticking. what kind of paint are you using?

      May 15, 2016 at 8:35 pm
      • Reply Lexie

        I got the Rust-Oleum Metallic Gold spray paint! It’s so strange, it won’t stick to any surface. I’ll try it again tomorrow once everything has dried and hopefully it will work better! The contact paper, on the other hand, worked perfectly 🙂 Thank you for your reply!!

        May 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm
        • Reply Alaina

          that’s so weird that its not sticking to any surface, hmm. have you googled it? lol Ive just never had that issue. I mean, I have some faux wood surfaces that spray paint doesn’t stick to, but never an issue with the metal, or with the metallic paint. Maybe its a bad can? Im glad the contact paper is at least working out! I hope you figure it out!

          May 18, 2016 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply Beatrice Burgis

    Hi! I love this project and think ti’s going to be my next Ikea hack… one question though… the cart comes with a tray that slides out from under the top shelf; did you consider “marbling” that as well? Not sure if possible but I was wondering if that tray could be used on bottom “slot” then to improve stability/safety for bottles. Thought? Thanks and congratulations again!

    June 2, 2016 at 10:53 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Hi! I did consider marbling it, but I preferred to have more space between the first and second shelf for glasses and such! But you could always try, although I do think you would need an additional roll of the marble adhesive to fully cover that! Im not entirely sure what you mean by the bottom slot or stability, so sorry! I hope this turns out well for you!

      June 7, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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  • Reply Ashley

    Hi what kind of spray did you use? I love the matte finish and want to try to get the same gold finish

    June 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I just used rust-oleum metallic gold and it dried matte!

      June 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply C.Ho

    I noticed your second shelf on the cart is not “finished” or is it suppose to be like that? The paper is sticking out.

    June 7, 2016 at 6:41 am
  • Reply C.Ho

    Other it looks great! Great idea!

    June 7, 2016 at 6:42 am
    • Reply C.Ho

      Sorry typo, I meant, Otherwise I looks great! Great idea!

      June 7, 2016 at 6:42 am
      • Reply Alaina

        thank you! I think for that corner I just forgot to tuck that piece in before I took the photos! sorry!

        June 7, 2016 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply Debra

    Just discovered you via Pinterest! You bar cart hack is fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Debra

    July 2, 2016 at 4:58 am
    • Reply Alaina

      oh thank you! its such a fun piece!

      July 8, 2016 at 10:42 am
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  • Reply Megan

    Awesome cart! I have everything to make this (slightly different cart IKEA was out of stock). Did you use a paint primer?

    July 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      thank you! I believe I did actually use a grey paint primer, I should probably edit my post to add that! but yes, I did! I hope yours turns out awesome!

      July 20, 2016 at 11:35 am
      • Reply Megan

        It turned out amazing!! This is my first diy. I’m awful at this stuff so one of my friends helped.

        August 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm
        • Reply Alaina

          oh Im so, so happy that it turned out for you! I love hearing that!

          August 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm
    • Reply Lindsey

      Which cart did you end up buying? I couldn’t find the one she used or one that was similar on IKEA 🙁

      August 24, 2016 at 9:24 pm
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  • Reply Ashlea

    Which gold did you use? I saw Rust- Oleum Metallic pure gold. I wasn’t sure if that was the same one. I like that the color you used looks matte and almost darker (could be the photos) almost a rose gold. Sometimes some golds can look gaudy, and yours doesn’t. Also did you take it apart before panting, or paint it before putting it together?

    Love the cart! Found this ikea cart on Craigslist and can’t wait to try it out.

    August 29, 2016 at 11:44 am
    • Reply Alaina

      hi! that is the gold I used. I primed it grey first, then used the metallic gold, which is probably what helped it dry matte. I put it together, minus the shelves, to paint it, which I think makes it easier! Have so much fun, I hope it turns out awesome for you!

      September 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Elena

    Hi ! love the gold bottom glasses, where are these from?

    September 14, 2016 at 10:48 am
    • Reply Alaina

      thank you! I picked these up at world market, but Ive recently seen them around Marshalls as well!

      September 21, 2016 at 11:50 am
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