DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

My husband and I have walked through Restoration Hardware a dozen times, admiring their designs and styling, and never once buying a thing. This changed when one of their kitchen pendant lights were very reasonably priced, and the quality was a standout compared to the others we were looking at. I’m not sure I’ll ever own a home worthy of their grand designs, or that my budget will ever allow it, but I love the style and inspiration this brand provides me. I have been looking for a piece of furniture to live across from the formal dining room. It’s a little nook and walkway so it’s been tricky. I finally came up with a solution, a DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart!

The journey to finally just build this piece has been long and winding. I first saw an amazing vintage bakers rack at 417 Vintage Market in Branson Missouri. Then I found a large rolling cart for gardening supplies at The Junk Ranch show in Prairie Grove Arkansas. Both were out of budget and I’m not sure they would have fit in my SUV anyway. It only recently occurred to me that I could and should build something when I stumbled upon Ana White’s rolling shelf build. With so much amazing inspiration, it was time to sketch out and plan my DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart. Here’s the original that inspired it all:


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

There are many other similar versions of this rolling cart for sell, but when you DIY, you can customize the exact size, color, and style you want (plus save a lot of $$). When we first moved into this house, I placed a tall bookcase in this space across from the dining room, the bookcase also used to be in the dining room of our previous home. So, I already knew what a tall bookcase looked like in this space, and it didn’t allow for much to go above it. I wanted a rolling cart that was tall enough to be useful, but not too tall that I couldn’t use the wall space above it. So, I built my DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart long, and not as tall. Here are the exact dimensions of my design: 6′ wide, 50″ tall, 14″ deep. Adding two-inch nonskid wheels brings the total height to 52″. This design can be created to fit any space you want. I used 2×8 boards as the center board of my shelves because I had them on hand. However, if you need deeper or more shallow shelves, you can create whatever size shelves you need.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart
Here’s a pic of our custom-built home in Oregon. That bookcase has been all around and is currently upstairs in our bonus room holding craft bins.

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

You may have noticed that my support rods across the back of each shelf are wood dowels. After pricing out various pipe, I decided wood dowels were much more my speed and I already had the drill bit to create the one-inch diameter hole that I needed. I stained the dowels with the cart, and I love how it looks less industrial and a little more vintage. However, you could use PVC pipe and paint it, or if it’s your style and in your budget, copper piping would also be stunning. So many possibilities – all customizable.


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DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

I created a video (below) to show the process of building this DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart, but I will list the basic steps here as well:

  1. Determine your dimensions and list out your shelf lengths. The top shelf is the longest because it sets on top of the vertical corner support boards. The inside shelves will be a total of three inches shorter because they fit inside the vertical corner support boards. And the bottom shelf has the inside 2×8 board the same length as the top shelf, but the outside 2×4 shelf boards are shorter like the inside shelves. Ana White created the image above to show her dimensions, but I want you to notice the lengths of boards for each shelf. Design your DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart and create a cut list for your pieces. Here is a link to my cut list.
  2. Assemble the shelves. I drilled pocket holes in the 2×4 boards and then attached them to each side 0f the 2×8. This construction created my 14″ deep shelves. Drill 1.5″ pocket holes and use 2.5″ pocket hole screws. I plugged the pocket holes on the top shelf because I thought the underside may be seen. You can plug all the holes, none, or the top shelves – your preference.
  3. Add the four vertical support boards. I also drilled pocket holes at the corners of the inside shelves. I added the four 2×4 corners to the bottom shelf first, then I added the top shelf, and lastly installed the in between shelves. For the top and bottom shelves I used 3″ self-drilling wood screws instead of pocket holes, but be sure to predrill holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
  4. I turned my assembled rolling cart onto one side and drilled my one-inch holes for the back support dowels. Be sure to measure carefully. I centered the hole on the 2×4 and then measured up 6″ inches from the shelf. I didn’t want my back support to be perfectly centered, so I adjusted it down a bit to look right to me. Add the wooden dowels by twisting and pushing. I centered the wooden dowel so that a little was hanging out on each side. Then I used a multitool to cut the end flush.
  5. Now it’s time to sand. I sanded down all the surfaces using 80 grit paper on my orbital sander. Then I finished with 220 grit. I usually do at least three grits, sometimes four on more finished pieces, but some of the boards had a reddish tint and the whole piece was more rustic and vintage so I wasn’t concerned about a perfectly finished look. I also hoped the white wash technique would even out the different colored boards.
  6. Dust and wipe after sanding and then add a preconditioner to the wood. This quick step also allows the wood to evenly absorb the stain. It dried quickly, but wait at least 30 min. before applying your first coat of stain.
  7. Be sure to follow the instructions on your stain. I used Rove & Dwell’s farmhouse interior stain. I use a staining sponge to evenly apply the beautiful color. Once dry, I used a 220 grit sanding sponge to smooth things out. Dust and wipe, and then apply the white wash stain. The particular white wash stain I used said to not sand between coats of white wash. I applied two coats of the white wash stain. Brush it on, let it sit for 3 minutes and then I used a staining sponge to wipe up the excess. You can add extra protection by adding a layer of matte finish polyurethane.
  8. Once dry, add the non-marking casters and any other decorative brackets you want. I did not use the screws that came with the corner brackets because they wouldn’t have worked with all my pocket hole screws. Instead, I used upholstery brass nails and they look and worked perfectly. The bracket is purely decorative, so two nails hold it just fine.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

Full disclosure: My rolling cart has a little wobble. However, once I added some decor it helped. The most frustrating part of this design is that all the wood isn’t perfectly straight and square. This is especially true when using the cheapest common 2×4 boards I could find. Even if you check for bowed boards at the store, it’s just impossible to get every board perfectly straight. I’m sure there are tricks to correcting this, but in my beginner status, I’m still learning. And even with the imperfections I’m very happy with the way this DIY Restoration Hardware inspired rolling cart turned out. It looks better than I pictured and styling it is going to be so much fun. There aren’t a lot of places this new piece can fit in this home, but I’m so excited to enjoy it until I build my dream piece for this spot. Be sure to subscribe to my blog to get decorating and DIY inspiration and tutorials – including this dream piece of furniture I will make in the future.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart
Here’s a quick photo of the dining room – the space that faces this little nook.

DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

Well, that’s it – our new little rolling cart is done and I’m so glad I made a piece of furniture for this spot. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope it was helpful and inspiring. This last photo is how the cart is styled as I write this post. I’m sure it will be changing again soon, but with every little tweak I like it even more. Be sure to follow me on Instagram where I post more decorating photos and videos. Take care and be safe while building your DIY dreams.


DIY Restoration Hardware Inspired Rolling Cart

Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top

Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top

As a self-proclaimed DIYer and avid crafter, it’s hard to confess this, but I barely have the patience for sewing. I even took sewing class in junior high and loved it, but the only projects that held my attention were the quick ones. I love sewing projects and hand-sewn items, but it takes a lot for me to sit down and do it myself. I have to really want something to get the motivation to sew it. I have a great admiration for those who can sew and create amazing things with their hands! However, this fabulous DIY no sew upholstered bench top is not only easy, it’s also a project that doesn’t require too many tools or skills.


Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top

This fabulous DIY no sew upholstered bench top can add a little cushion to a wooden or metal bench, a built-in seat, a piano seat, or even an outdoor porch swing. Our bonus room prompted this particular DIY because there is a strange looking built-in bench that goes from wall to wall below the windows. It’s actually a building code so that in case of a fire we can climb out the windows. I really wish the built-in part was only below the windows, but I was determined to add some functionality to this odd feature upstairs.


Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top

In regards to the bonus space upstairs, I have zoned out four separate areas to make the best use out of the large space. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so that you can get updates to this space as they happen – I have some big plans and hope to even wow my family!

Zone 1 is where the murphy bed is located – this is our guest bed and the murphy style helps us to save room when it’s not being used. I assembled it myself and it wasn’t as dreadful as I thought – but it wasn’t exactly fun either. Zone 2 is the relaxation area where we have a TV and sofa. My girls love this space and my oldest likes to use this space with her friends. Zone 3 is currently in the planning phase and it will be where I build some built-in storage and a desk. This desk is where I will record my voiceovers for my YouTube videos and even write posts when it’s too noisy downstairs. And finally, zone 4 is where the fabulous DIY no sew upholstered bench top will be used with a farmhouse table that I’m going to build. So far, I have the legs and some wood to frame my custom table – so stay tuned! The cushioned upholstered bench top will be along one side of the table for seating. This way, I only have to buy a few chairs and we can get some practical use out of the built-in bench.


Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top

I’m referring to zone 4 as the crafting corner. I hope to enjoy a lot of painting with my girls at this table (this corner has great natural light). We can do other crafts, puzzles, games… whatever tabletop activities we want to do. I’m really excited to start projects with my girls at this table and not have to worry about cleaning it up immediately because we need the table to eat or someone is coming over. I’m hoping to add a special light above this table as well, and eventually a rug. Every zone has plans and will take time, but the journey of design and decorating is what I love the most. I’m not naturally a patient person, but waiting for a design to come together is always worth the wait.


Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top – Supplies:

I found all the supplies I needed on Amazon, and I already had the plywood. And of coarse you can use any fabric of your choosing to coordinate with your personal style, but be aware that upholstery fabric will wear better and be a little thicker which helps to avoid the fabric from ripping from the staples. Walmart actually has some great deals on fabric, or you can use coupons from Michaels and Hobby Lobby too.

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Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top – Video:


Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top – How to steps:

  1. Determine the size of your bench or hard surface, then subtract one inch from the seat depth.
  2. Cut 1/2″ plywood, or have Home Depot cut it for you. Don’t use plywood that’s thinner if you want the staples to hold well into the wood.
  3. Place the wood onto the foam – lined up square – and trace along the foam cushion to make your cut marks. You want the foam to fit perfectly onto the wood.
  4. Use a knife or scissors to cut the foam. A serrated knife will make a mess, so I used a carving knife and it worked great.
  5. Set foam onto batting, then set wood on top of the foam. Cut enough batting so that you can fold each side up onto the wood with plenty leftover. Too much will make your bench top over-stuffed so just enough to fully cover the wood.
  6. Use an staple gun to attach the batting around each side – one side at a time, being careful to fold smoothly around the corners. Make sure batting is flat when pulled over and stapled – this is the underside of your bench top.
  7. If necessary, iron the upholstery fabric. Set bench top onto the wrong side of the fabric with the cushion side down. You will cut the fabric so that plenty of fabric is wrapped around the bench top to staple. My fabric didn’t fully cover the batting – if you don’t want any batting showing, cut enough fabric to cover.
  8. Staple each side of the fabric, one side at a time, making sure it’s pulled for a smooth finish, but not too tight. Make sure each corner is wrapped nicely with the fabric squared off. along the edges an at each corner.
  9. Cut any excess fabric off to prevent having a bulking uneven bench top, flip the bench top over, and place onto surface. You’re done, great job!

Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top

It doesn’t get much easier than that, and it didn’t take long at all. I’m even considering making a matching seat for the other side of the room near the couch and TV. I’m also considering using shiplap in several of the zones to tie the spaces together, so be sure to subscribe and stay connected. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve ever made an upholstered seat top or if you’re now planning on it. Thanks so much for checking out this post, there are some other posts below that you may also like!


Fabulous DIY No Sew Upholstered Bench Top
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Affordable DIY Cane Headboard

Affordable DIY Cane Headboard

The first room I’m tackling in the new house is Quinn’s room, but the second room is Sawyer’s room. I want their rooms to be a refreshing and relaxing space with colors and the style they prefer. Each space should reflect their likes, preferences, and personalities. I have had so much fun planning and discussing Sawyer’s room design with her and soon realized that I needed to create an affordable DIY cane headboard. I have probably asked her a million questions, but I want to make sure I know exactly what she likes and doesn’t like so that when the room is revealed she will be thrilled.

Both girls have agreed to stay out while I’m putting each space together, they want it to be a surprise and I’m all over that. However, some parts won’t entirely be a surprise, but hopefully they will be surprised at how great it all looks together! Sawyer helped me design this affordable DIY cane headboard, and we saved hundreds by making it ourselves. Cane furniture is beautiful and pricey.


Affordable DIY Cane Headboard
She has been enjoying her new headboard in the apartment while we wait for our house to be built!

Affordable DIY Cane Headboard

Sawyer’s bed is a queen size, so the measurements I provide are for a queen mattress on a Hollywood frame. She was also very specific about how tall she wanted the headboard – not too tall, but not low profile either – she wanted the cane to show around her pillows, but not too much. I love that she knows exactly what she wants. Here are the basic steps to create this wall mounted headboard, but you can quickly watch the video to understand the construction.

  1. Day 1 – soak your roll of cane webbing in the bathtub (20″ wide x 6′).
  2. Day 2 – drain the bathtub and let the webbing air dry until it’s not dripping and damp to the touch – it should still feel wet and be pliable.
  3. Cut two 1×4 side boards at 16″ long (sand).
  4. Cut the top 1×4 board at 62″ long (sand).
  5. Cut the bottom 1×10 board at 62″ long (sand).
  6. Use the Kreg pocket hole jig to drill two holes at each end of the top and bottom boards (eight holes total).
  7. Then line up all four boards to create your rectangular frame, add 1.5″ wood screws to all eight holes connecting the side boards into the top and bottom boards.
  8. Determine which side will be front facing. Now turn the frame over so that you can attach the webbing to the back side.
  9. Carefully unroll the cane webbing making sure the holes are lined up along the top board. Use clamps to hold the webbing in place.
  10. Use a staple gun and 3/8″ staples to secure the webbing to the frame.
  11. You can cut off any excess webbing, but be sure to leave about an inch of webbing outside the staples.
  12. Optional: Add duct tape to the edge of the webbing to prevent the webbing from scratching the wall.
  13. Find the center of the top of the headboard, measure, mark, and predrill holes for the metal French cleat.
  14. Determine where to install the other half of the French cleat onto the wall, measure, mark, and predrill. The French cleat comes with a level to make this part even easier.
  15. Hang the headboard and enjoy~

Affordable DIY Cane Headboard – Watch + Learn

Sometimes a video is the best way to learn! I loved being able to show how to use the Kreg pocket jig tool to make my hidden pocket holes. It’s a $20 tool that elevates wood working. I will be using this tool for so many projects! Please check out the video and hit that Like button~


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Affordable DIY Cane Headboard
Once the headboard is hung, just push the bed against it. It’s low profile and is securely hung.
Affordable DIY Cane Headboard
Cane is so versatile in style, but I do love it for the boho look. You could paint the wood frame, and even the cane webbing if you wanted.
Affordable DIY Cane Headboard
Sawyer loves styling her new headboard with pillows! The texture and warmth that cane provides to a room is one of my favorite things about it.


Here is the headboard in her new bedroom. The best part about this DIY is that she loves it and it’s exactly what she wanted. Be sure to sign up for my emails and join me as I tackle a ton of DIY projects in the new house to elevate it above builder-grade and give it character and personality~ Thanks for checking out this post, let me know if you have any questions, and I’d love to know what you think so please drop a comment below.


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