the new accessories cart every little girl needs

news flash: i’m less than a month away from becoming an auntie. (side note: i’m still trying to figure out what to be called. if you have recos, shoot me a message!)

anyway, so last weekend, i went up to milwaukee to help out my sister + brother-in-law with getting organized for baby. we folded teeny, tiny clothes, and we organized. we made sure that they were ready. we made lists of what was still needed. overall, i hope this little trip gave them some peace of mind. (because let’s face it….my sis + i are cut from the same, anxious, need-for-over-preparation cloth.)

before i headed up there, i knew i wanted to make a little something for my little niece’s nursery that you couldn’t find in a store. i did some brainstorming and came up with the idea to do a personalized accessories cart. i mean, she’s going to have tons of headbands, hair bows, socks, tights, shoes, hats, and more….and, i just thought we needed to have a little cute way to keep all of that handy + organized!

to get some ideas, i went to pinterest…and funny enough, i didn’t come up with any accessory carts, but i got lots of bar carts! (p.s. i think that i might have started a new pinterest-worthy project!) the bar carts were great inspiration + with some design and organization, i put together something super cute, super useful, and something that she’ll be able to use for years!

supplies (check out all of the progress photos below!):

ikea sunnersta kitchen cart

spray paint in choice of color (i used the krylon colormaster paint + primer in brushed metallic; i only found this at michael’s)

assorted boxes/bins/holders (i scored all of the light teal + grey boxes at ikea, and the tiered tray from michael’s at 70% off!)

the process was all pretty simple….unpack the swedish cart, head outside with the side rails + can of spray paint. i will say that with the brushed metallic, it did take me two cans to do both of the side rails and to make sure there was good coverage. i also made sure to get the painting done in enough time that i could let them set outside to air out (because who likes the smell of spray paint?!?)

to add that special personal touch, i did whip out my vinyl cutting skills with a gorg light teal vinyl from cricut (that, yes, i cut with my silhouette cameo….gasp!) when it came to the monogram, i went back and forth between using a diamond monogram, or the script that i ended up using. the diamond just wasn’t looking good with the letters, and besides, i liked how the script totally played off the girliness of the accessories on the cart!

i was so flipping excited to surprise my sister with this last weekend! we got it all set up in the nursery, and little miss p is ready for her multiple daily outfit changes + the accessories she’ll need for the day!

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