Add more storage and counter space to your kitchen with this beautiful DIY rolling kitchen cart.
The weather is cooling off and that means baking season!!!! It’ my favorite season of the year. But in our new house, I didn’t have the perfect place to store my stand mixer.
So I partnered with Kreg Tools and their project plan site, BuildSomething.com, to make a rolling kitchen cart just in time for all that holiday baking.
Kitchen Cart with Fold-Down Leaf
Having too much counter space is never something I have heard someone complain about. And this modern kitchen cart is perfect for adding a bit more counter space to any kitchen.
The 26″ x 16 1/2″ cart can easily tuck away into an unused corner, then be rolled out when you need it. And the fold-down leaf add even more workspace.
The leaf is easy to fold up or down with the hidden leaf support that pulls out from under the kitchen cart. The 2×2 supports add strength to the leaf so you can use it as additional prep space.
Since I am using my DIY kitchen cart as a baking cart, the top is the permanent home for my stand mixer. And when it’s time to bake, I can pop-up the leaf and it makes the perfect place for measuring and prepping my delicious treats.
Extra Kitchen Storage
Storage is another thing that you can never have enough of. This modern rolling cart has two large shelves that are perfect for storing more kitchen wares.
The two shelves are made with a slight lip to them to help keep things from falling off when moving the cart around the kitchen. Since I am using my cart for baking, it’s the perfect place to store my baking cookbooks and the cookie jar!
And since the kitchen cart is on wheels, you can roll your items away when not in use. Making this the most versatile storage for your kitchen!
Easy Modern Design
To keep the lines of the kitchen cart modern and minimal, I used a fun new material for the corners: aluminum angle.
This inexpensive metal corner material is lightweight and easy to cut with regular woodworking tools. You can cut with a metal blade in your jigsaw or on your miter saw.
The aluminum can also be spray painted to any color you want. Just make sure to start with an aluminum primer (I used Rustoleum Self Etching Primer).
To keep my cart clean and modern, I used a satin black spray paint and stained the top frame (with the leaf support) with Minwax True Black wood stain. I love the way the natural wood pops next to the black and it matches the beautiful black vintage inspired castors I found here so well.
To build our kitchen cart, I used poplar wood for the base of the cart and shelves. Then for the top I used maple.
The poplar took the black stain beautifully. It really makes the black aluminum angle blend in so well.
And the poplar closely resembles the maple once finished, with just a hint of it’s tell-tale yellow/green. It was a great budget solution to using maple for all the natural colored parts.
And the maple for the top of the cart adds one more use for the kitchen cart. It is basically a rolling maple cutting board. So you could turn your cart into the perfect prep space too if you want.
Kitchen Cart Woodworking Plans
Are ready add more storage and function to your kitchen (just in time for holiday baking)? You can build your own rolling kitchen cart with the free plans over on BuildSomething.com.
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