Resurgence of the Bar Cart

Have you seen this month’s issue of House Beautiful – one entire page dedicated to the resurgence of the bar cart.  Maybe it’s the Mid-Century Modern trend and/or Mad Men mania, but bar carts are back in the main stream and I’m crushing just a little bit on them!


Resurgence of the Bar Cart by JNO Designs and


I asked my dear friend and Interior Designer, Nkem of JNO Designs, to provide some more insight for you.  Welcome back, Nkem, I’m so glad to have you here today!





In recent months on my travel expeditions to various unique design and home decor showrooms, I have come across the interesting resurgence of the bar cart. Yes – the Bar Cart! I can vividly remember in my early childhood having seen the bar cart proudly displayed in relative’s homes as the ultimate showcase of who’s who in spirits.  The aroma and exotic shapes of these various alcohol and wine bottles still very much ingrained. Interestingly enough, I have always thought the bar cart was a cool display of show and tell of fabulous substance of wine and liquor bottles. Not only does it function as utilitarian and mobile equipment, but provides as an added value in aesthetic to home décor and design.


You can view some of these beautiful display of the resurgence of the bar cart on the following sites:


West Elm – Parker Mid-Century


Parker Mid-Century Bar Cart



One Kings Lane – Arlington Bar Cart


Arlington Bar Cart, Walnut



Z Gallerie – Metropolitan Bar Cart





Crate & Barrel – Porter Bar Cart


porter bar cart


If you are a fan of my friend Nkem, you will want to read her previous post, Field Trip to Furnitureland.  Please be sure to stop by JNO Designs and say hello!




If you love the look of the bar cart, but don’t want to spend the money, you can go the DIY route like I did with this TV stand to bar cart transformation.



Bar Cart DIY by



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12 comments on Resurgence of the Bar Cart

  1. Susan
    July 11, 2014 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

    I love the mid-century vibe of bar carts.

    • Holly
      July 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Susan – I love MCM everything. I was born in the wrong decade. Hugs, Holly

  2. Alycia Nichols
    July 11, 2014 at 5:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a bar cart that my Mom bought back in 1958 (the year I was born), I think. She was going to deep-six it some years ago, but I rescued it before it met its fate curbside for trash pickup. I feature the cart in many of my dining room tablescapes. I repainted the metal part years ago, but it’s due for a change to update it. I had new glass put in it years ago, too, but have toyed with the idea of getting thicker cut pieces installed so that the cart can hold more heavy Costco gallon bottles of spirits. (That’s my gentle way of explaining the blatant alcoholism that apparently resides here! 🙂 ) I am SO glad I didn’t let her get rid of that bar cart because as you said, it is making a comeback in a big, big way! It has always been a convenient fixture in our home, so I guess I was just a little ahead of the fad!

    Fun post! Thanks to you and to Nkem!

    • Holly
      July 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Alycia – Thank you so much for sharing about your bar cart. They add such a fun, mod component to a dining room! Nkem is the best too! Hugs, Holly

  3. Dee
    July 13, 2014 at 3:59 am (2 years ago)

    I love your bar cart, Holly — what a great way to make over a TV stand! Love the one from Crate & Barrel too. Thanks for sharing with everyone at Snickerdoodle! 🙂

    • Holly
      July 13, 2014 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Dee – Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

  4. Kristina & Millie
    July 16, 2014 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I remember my parents had a fancy doodle cart, always had knick knacks on it though. I like the arlington one 🙂 Have an awesome week Holly!!

    • Holly
      July 21, 2014 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

      Hi K&M – I’ve never heard it called a doodle cart before – how much fun! Hugs, Holly

  5. Natasha in Oz
    July 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I love bar carts as well so I really enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for sharing at the Say G’Day Saturday Linky party. I’ve just pinned your post.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz.

    • Holly
      July 21, 2014 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

      HI Natasha – Thank you for your kind words and especially for pinning! You’re the best! Hugs, Holly

  6. Megan Walker
    July 19, 2014 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the idea of the bar cart!

  7. Holly
    July 21, 2014 at 8:52 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Megan – Awesome! Thanks for stopping by. Hugs, Holly


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