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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18 comments on Bar Cart DIY Transformation

  1. Trisha
    October 14, 2013 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    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!!

    • Holly
      October 14, 2013 at 11:37 am (3 years ago)

      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
    October 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    cheers great job on the transformation

    • Holly
      October 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! Hugs, Holly

    • Holly
      October 15, 2013 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

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

  3. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    October 15, 2013 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

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

    • Holly
      October 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Sweet Marty, Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

  4. Sarah
    October 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm (3 years ago)

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

    • Holly
      October 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah! Hugs, Holly

  5. Momprojects
    October 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm (3 years ago)

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

    • Holly
      October 17, 2013 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Heidi – Salute! Hugs, Holly

  6. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy
    October 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm (3 years ago)

    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!

    • Holly
      October 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm (3 years ago)

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

  7. Angela
    October 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

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

    • Holly
      October 24, 2013 at 7:09 am (3 years ago)

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

  8. Mandy Hank
    November 16, 2013 at 10:21 am (3 years ago)

    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

    • Holly
      November 17, 2013 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

      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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