Today we share a little tutorial for those of you who want to make this IKEA outdoor bar cart. It really is quite simple once you round up all the supplies.


  • IKEA SNIGLAR baby change table
  • 4 Swivelling Casters– 1 5/8″ (Likewise brand)
  • Sanding block (fine grit)
  • lint-free cloth
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Indoor/Outdoor Spray Paint– Rustoleum Universal Paint & Primer in One White Gloss
  • Drop cloths or Cardboard
  • Small Hook with Screws


  • Saw (we used a mitre saw)
  • Drill with bits
  • Tin snips
  • Hammer
  • Screw driver


Cut to Size

Begin by measuring the finished height you’d like for your bar cart. We made ours 30 inches tall, which is basically table height.

Using a saw (hand or mitre), carefully cut the legs down (be sure to account for the height of your casters when determining how much to take off).

Add the Casters

Flip the table upside down and mark the center on the bottom of each leg. Drill a hole the size and depth outlined in the instructions for the casters.

Before inserting the socket into the hole, trim the sides a bit with tin snips so they don’t overhang past the leg. Gently tap into place.

Press caster stem into socket until it locks.

Spray Paint

Using a sanding block (or paper), go over the entire surface to remove debris and roughen it up a bit. Wipe down with a lint-free cloth. Tape off casters and hardware with painter’s tape.

Tip: To go around the circular bolts, press tape all around and remove excess from the outside edge with a utility knife.

It’s best to spray paint in your garage with drop cloths covering a large portion of the floor. Spray paint has a tendency to migrate. Be sure to have the door at least partly open and wear a mask. The fumes are strong!

We used Rustoleum’s Universal paint which has a paint and primer in one. Otherwise, we would suggest spray priming first for best stain blockage, adhesion and overall coverage. Two light coats seemed to cover well. The comfort spray tip made painting easy and it went on evenly with no drips. The next day, we did go back and touch up a few areas with some light passes.

Let it dry and remove the tape carefully.

Although we’ll use this cart mostly for outdoor entertaining, it’ll be stored inside. To protect it even further, you can give the whole thing a coat of clear paste wax, finished with a good buffing.

Attach Hook

Hold the hook up where you want it and mark the holes with a pencil. Pre-drill the screw holes using a small bit to prevent the wood from splitting.

Tip: Be sure to check the depth of your screws before attaching the hook to the edge. The ones that came with the hook were too deep for the cart and would’ve penetrated the other side of the wood, so we changed them out with shorter ones.

Voila. An Ikea Hack Bar Cart for less than $50!

Style the Cart

Stock with outdoor glasses, ice bucket, assortment of beverages, straws, napkins, garnishes and more. The fun part is changing it up depending on who your guests are or what the theme of your party is. We put this one together for casual Friday night drinks with the neighbors.

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