BEKVAM Kitchen Cart
For those do it yourselfers this piece of furniture from Ikea the BEKVAM can really be transformed to enhance the look of your kitchen or whatever space you decide to use this furniture in. I'm going to share with you my experience doing this mini project. Level of difficulty is 3 (imo). This has to be as easy as it gets, so this is for anyone. I had to improvise in a few steps and am curious if I will pay for it in the distant future. As always read and follow the instructions.
- Ensure you setup your cart where you have enough lighting and room to navigate all sides.
- Keep your greasy hands off the cart!
- Use knee pads.
- After each layer look for drips underneath and clean them up.
- Setup your cart on old newpaper and….
- don't plan to move your cart until it's fully dried.
My first hiccup started when I was acquiring the required materials. I didn't have and still don't have steel wool which is used to sand down the surface. Instead I used what I had which was 150grit sandpaper (recommended for prep before sanding).I also used a sanding block for the sandpaper. I noticed after the first coat my finger must have been greasy and left impressions that were visible. I used a diluted solution of rubbing alchol to remove any grease for the next coat. I did use 2 coats of stain on the cart but the top got 3 coats due the the finger impressions. They were no longer visible by the third coat.
This little job turned out to be a diamond in the ruff and the end result blends in with the decor beautifully. This took about 3 days to complete including dry time and each session to stain was about 1.5hrs including clean up.