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Ikea Hack: Art Cart


Some of my favorite things are those that are originally built for one thing, but can be entirely used for another. This cart from IKEA is one of those. I originally bought this to store bathroom supplies, like hair and beauty products, but really needed it more to organize Taylor's art supplies and puzzles. So I did just that. See how I recreated and repurposed this cart to be truly our own.


I think my favorite thing about this cart is that it has wheels. It currently sits in Taylor's play area near our kitchen. When we want to paint or do any of the puzzles, I slide it over to the kitchen island and when we are done, I just slide it back. It's that easy. It definitely beats having to lug or carry things in storage somewhere, and it's accessible enough that we can start crafting in a matter of minutes.


Let's start with the top shelf. This is where I keep majority of Taylor's art supplies. This includes paints, crayons, markers, glitter, trays, and modeling clay. 



I like to keep the "messy" items up top. It's tall enough that little fingers aren't removing items when your back is turned, but low enough so that adults can reach the things they need to set up arts and crafts. 


I found this Cynthia Rowley utensil caddy (similar here and here) at a Marshall's in Kansas while visiting my family. Originally I bought it for my kitchen, but thought it worked better as an art accessory holder for Taylor's things. Not only does it look great, but it's portable! Easy to take inside or outside, without having to move the entire cart.


 I had these blue mason jars left over from a birthday party, and turns out they fit perfectly in the divided sections. They also hold crayons, markers, and paint brushes with style and ease.


These non-toxic paint sets are perfect for toddlers. Great for finger painting, coloring canvases, or crafting a project of your very own. Worried about the mess? Don't be! The best part is, they are washable!


On the middle shelf, I like to store flat wooden puzzles. They stack easy, and are the perfect height for toddlers to reach for a quick play.


The bottom shelf holds all of Taylor's "other" puzzles. These are the ones that come in different shapes and sizes, and usually require my help to open. 



All and all, I have found this cart is a great way to organize and hold all of Taylor's items that seem to clutter up a play area. You could even store coloring books, stickers, or other items that need to find a home. Would love to know what you think, and if you have any hacks you would like to share that make your life just that much easier.



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  2. Yay! Love your IKEA hacks. This is a brilliant idea, love that it is portable and organized, especially with the utensil caddy. Great job!

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