From IKEA Billy Bookcase to Craft Cart

Most of us at some point or another have probably succumbed to the siren song of IKEA furniture. It’s cool, modern and – my personal favorite – dirt cheap. Recently, I transformed a basic white IKEA Billy Bookcase into a rolling craft cart to hold all our family's art supplies.
Here's a sneak peek at the final result!
Here are the materials I picked up to complete my project.
I began by flipping the shelf over. I trimmed out four wood blocks on my miter saw to serve as a base for attaching the cart wheels. I used wood glue to adhere them to the bottom of the shelf and to each other. Tip: Consider adding a plywood base that spans the entire depth of the shelf, so the wheels can be installed as far apart as possible. This will help increase the stability of the cart.
Next, I trimmed out some pieces of all-purpose molding to dress up the shelf. I attached them using a brad nailer.
After the wheel blocks and molding were installed, it was time to prime and paint. I used a good primer and Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte paint in Country Gray for this project.
Tip: Although chalked paint doesn’t require primer, use it anyway on surfaces like melamine-coated shelving. It will improve the durability of the finish.
Of course, my Finish Max Pro made easy, fast work of the painting process.
After the paint dried, I attached the wheels to the wood block bases.
For the top of the cart, I nailed on a wood piece that I stained in a Kona finish.
I built a rod to hold the craft paper using basic plumbing supplies: two galvanized 1/2″ elbows, two galvanized floor flanges and one 1/2″ pipe.
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What do you think of the transformation?

Living Rich on Less - Susan
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