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Oct 13

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Bar Cart DIY Transformation

The Homestead is a modest split level circa 1962.  While the home has been remodeled and added on to, the original rooms are still very… um tiny cozy.  Our petite formal dining room has a built in bar nook which is very cool.  We do love to entertain, and always need additional space.


I love a good bar cart as much as any gal… but we don’t want to pay $250-$350 for a nice one.


Bar Cart


I found an old TV stand.  I ended up paying $20.00 for it, which honestly is highway robbery for it’s condition.  But better than the alternative right?




It’s always fun to bring home items that have been tossed aside, knowing I am going to make it into something beautiful (or at least try.)




It was even missing a couple wheels.




I didn’t want to do brass, as it wouldn’t match.  I thought a chrome-esque look would be nice, but even with the metallic spray paint, it didn’t come out right. DO-OVER!   So the final answer was rubbed bronze.


(PS – if you guessed Hales Navy on the walls, you are correct!)




After several coats of the rubbed bronze, I also sprayed the top tray with polyurethane to help protect it from drinks and melting ice.




It’s nothing fancy.  But for $20 plus the cost of a can of spray paint, and 4 new wheels, I’ll take a $30.00 bar cart over a $300.00 bar cart.  Just sayin.




It’s officially 5:00.  Cocktails anyone?




Love, hugs, and CHEERS!




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  1. Trisha

    I am obsessed with Mad Men and am trying to catch up on all the episodes (still in season 4) – this bar cart is great and reminds me so much of the era! Nice job! It’s just missing Don and Roger!!

    1. Holly

      Hi Trisha – Oh wow I am so thrilled you said the barcart was Mad Men-esque. Super cool! I hate to say, I enjoyed the show, but lost interest. I was more about the fashion and decor rather than the plot! Hugs, Holly

  2. arod

    cheers great job on the transformation

    1. Holly

      Thanks! Hugs, Holly

  3. Kayla

    Looks great! I’m hosting a pillow cover giveaway that you should enter!

    1. Holly

      Hi Kayla – Thanks so much and thanks for hosting! Hugs, Holly

  4. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life

    Your bar cart makeover is wonderful Great job. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

    1. Holly

      Sweet Marty, Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

  5. Sarah

    Great transformation, can’t believe you got it for $20. Looks great.

    1. Holly

      Thanks Sarah! Hugs, Holly

  6. Momprojects

    Super job, makes me want a bevie right now! Enjoy your cart, and enjoy the drinks even more!

    1. Holly

      Hi Heidi – Salute! Hugs, Holly

  7. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy

    I couldn’t do a project with a do-over somewhere along the line — or two. Looks great! Thanks so much for sharing on busy Monday!

    1. Holly

      Hi Charlene – Thanks so much! Sometimes I do-over… sometimes I just keep on keepin on! Hugs, Holly

  8. Angela

    Love your transformation, makes me wish I had room for a drinks trolley, it would so fit in with my style too xx

    1. Holly

      Hi Angela – Thanks so much! It was fun to rescue that sad cart! Hugs, Holly

  9. Mandy Hank

    Great transformation Holly! And I love your little spider. Poor guy lost his home :) Thank you for linking up to Get Your DIY On this past week. I hope you’ll join us tomorrow with your Holiday Signs :)

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

    1. Holly

      Hi Mandy – Thanks so much for hosting and yes, this one was fun to do. I’m all ready to go for the sign party! Hugs, Holly

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