Subway Art Kitchen Cart


Who doesn't have one of these carts???


Another Ikea Bekvam hack job!  I've wanted some subway art in my kitchen for a while, but never found exactly what I wanted.  A few weeks back I decided it would be cool to paint up my kitchen cart and print words on the apron sides.  I started my project with great gusto...  Unfortunately, both ideas that I came up with failed miserably and I put the whole thing on the back-burner.

 

               FAIL!                            FAIL!



It's funny how inspiration comes sometimes.  I had just bought some new paper napkins for the dining room and when I was putting away the old napkins (subway art napkins, to boot!) I realized they would be the perfect thing to add to my cart!!


I primed and repainted the cart creamy white to cover up the mess I had made with my previous attempts at subway art.  I pulled apart two napkins so that I only had the top layer with the pattern on it to work with.  I cut the napkins to size and applied modpodge to the sides of the cart.  I applied the napkins over the top of the modpodge and smoothed the surface with my fingers - being very careful not to tear the napkin.  I had centered the napkins on the cart sides, but they were just a little too narrow for the space.

My adoring dog who is always at my side gets a feature role here!
Luckily, the napkins had a gold edge so I cut extra pieces of the edging and applied them to either side of the pattern.  Then I applied another layer of modpodge over the top of the napkins.


I added extra hooks for hanging useful things.


I really like this look and now I have a little bit of subway art in my collection.  (Although now that I look back, I don't mind the other two looks as much anymore!)  Have napkin - create art!!

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And then this project was named one of the
top 10 Subway projects!  Hooray!



34 comments:

myric andreasen said...

It looks so cool! The scripted napkin was a great idea. Sometimes i tend to do things the hard way then i realize there is a simpler but effective way. Oh well we learn from mistakes :)

Xoxo
Myric

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Awesome! I love how you showed your fails and the process. It turned out looking great!

--Katie

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You did a wonderful job! I love how it turned out and I don't think the other two tries were bad at all:)

Anne said...

Anne,
Isn't it fun how something will just spark a creative idea?LOVE this cart.Looks great!
Anne

Cynthia said...

Great job I love how it ended up!

Cynthia

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

LOVE IT!!!!! does it come with the little doggie cutie pie!!!! hugs...

lynn said...

i've used napkins on other things, but, never to thought to try them on furniture pieces--very clever idea, ann! love your helper:)

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Very cute! Great idea using the napkins. I love how it ended up!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh I agree it turned out awesome looking!! You really did a great job!

By Nela said...

Saludos muy cariñoso.

Manoli

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Anne, I adore this!

I've been avoiding subway art projects because I'm not a fan of stencils. Okay, I'm impatient with the stencils and stencils need patience what with all that lining up the dots and dabbing just right ...

Now the Mod Podge the napkin option? yeah, I'm seriously digging that option ...

Loving the pup. And the cabinets and hardware in the kitchen!

:)

Linda

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Great job and your doggie is darling.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

The wording for your cart is terrific, Anne. It always tickles me how you will keep at a project until it's just what you had envisioned. Are you, by chance, a perfectionist? lol

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday again this week. I love keeping up with your wonderful projects.

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Jane Craske said...

I love your fails too but the final is truly wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing at this week's party, can't wait to see next week's project.

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Anne!

Great job! It really looks cool!

Big hug
Mia

Jennifer said...

Anne, All three versions were great if you ask me! I particularly like 2 and 3, but I have a gut feeling it won't be long before you come up with yet another makeover for this piece. You are so creative that way.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Hahahah, my first thought was 'wait, where is the fail?', I didn't think your other tries were bad at all. But I love the ease of the mod podged napkin...and the functionality of the cart. Great add on with the hooks. And your pup is adorable...we all need a supervisor. :)

thistlewoodfarm said...

I thought your first two were your INSPIRATION photos. LOL! But I couldn't miss the giant FAIL plastered across them :) All three carts look wonderful. Awesome job.

blessings,
karianne

Meg said...

Love it! Looks great!!

XO

Tammy said...

That's too funny! I like the one that failed at the top on the left hand side, but the napkin idea looks great too! Love the hooks. Thanks for linking up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

pembrokeshire lass said...

I am always in awe of my clever blogging friends. I would never even think of any of this! It looks great! Joan

gail wilson said...

that's what we do... try, try, try again! :)
Third time's the charm Anne!
cut cart!
gail

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

That turned out really cool. I actually like the second one too. I like the hooks you added. Function is something that is very important to me in design :)

~Lisha

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Anne! I love the whole cart actually. It looks like a great and useful piece to have in your kitchen.

Sharing Shadymont said...

That is just as cute as it can be!

Donna Wilkes said...

Heart this! Came over form Cowgirl Up to see another subway piece - yours is totally different and right up my Mod Podged alley.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Stacey said...

That is so clever! Love the subway art on the cart!
Thanks for linking - Stacey :o)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

adorable! i love the smaller scale- it suits the cart!

Small Holdings Farm said...

Very artful...it came out great! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back http://smallholdings.blogspot.com
Thanks for the post, Sherron

Jody and Stan said...

It looks so good! The napkin idea is brilliant! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks also for all your wonderful comments on my blogs, you're a great friend.

Jody

Meg said...

Fun idea! I like the other subway arts, too! I'm having a giveaway for $50, hope you can check it out!

Helen's Decor said...

Anne, I personally liked the first one right away. They all were nice. And no, I don't have a subway art cart. LOL, we have friends, who own several Subway sandwich shops and I read your topic..Subway art...my mind went immediately to Subway's sandwich art school that they went to. Thanks, Helen

Helen's Decor said...

Anne, I'm now following you on Linky and hope to see you over my way. Helen

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

I have a similar cart but I upcycled mine from a dining room table (http://www.thediyspot.com/2010/04/upcycled-table-is-now-a-kitchen-island/).

Perseverance always pays off. It turned out great!