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.
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.
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!