DIY Bar Cart


Bar carts have become the ultimate home decor essential over the past few years. It seem’s like every time I flip through a magazine or check out a house tour on TheEveryGirl I see a perfectly styled bar cart. They are so chic and classy. They always make me think of Betty Draper and Mad Men. Like if I had a bar cart in my home I would invite all my fabulous friends over and we would be wearing fabulous dresses and spend the night laughing and drinking fabulous martinis.

So fast forward to when I decided I needed a bar cart in my apartment ASAP. I started looking into buying one and shopped around at all my usual places and was seriously shocked at how much they cost. Sorry Target, but there is no way I am dropping $200 on a bar cart to entertain the friends that I never even have at my apartment. Not happening. I realized that there had to be a way I could make one myself. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

Since bar carts have become the “it” item for your home, you can’t even find a cheap one on Craigslist. I hunted for months. I even bought a little telephone table that ended up being way too small and became a night stand in my bedroom. It has been quite the journey. I had a vision in my head for what kind of pieces would work and was determined to spend no more than $50.

And then it happened. A few weeks ago I was shopping at a local resale shop and stumbled across this microwave cart that was tagged for $35.


It was a little beat up and really dirty but I knew it had potential. I loved the idea of having an open shelf and also some closed off storage. I also loved that it had wheels so if I wanted to move it around the apartment I could easily do so.

The first thing I did was take the entire cart apart. I took the doors off, all of the hardware got a very good bath and then I sanded every single square inch. I knew I wanted to paint it black so it would work with the other pieces in our living room and I ended up settling on a glossy black that is one of my favorites. It looks beautiful in person (but not so much in pictures unfortunately). I also spray painted the hardware and wheels gold and then got beautiful crystal doorknobs from Home Depot. The crystal knobs made the entire bar cart.

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Does this little crystal bowl and the gold flower vase look familiar?! These were both thrift store finds, as well as the crystal decanter on the bar cart. I got all three items for $11. Such a steal! I am also obsessed with this little gold pineapple shaker. It is so cute and the top comes off and flips around to become a base for the cup.

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I am SO happy with how the bar cart turned out. Can you see those crystal knobs sparkling?! They catch my eye every time I walk by! It perfectly fits in between the doorway to my kitchen and the doorway to my bedroom. Plus, now I can finally invite all my fabulous girlfriends over for fabulous drinks : )

I hope you are having a great week! Thanks for reading!

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