Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY: The Bar Cart ♥

Ladies and Gentlemen, the bar cart is finally done (at least for now).
If you're just tuning in... you can read HERE to catch-up on my Bar Cart obsession. In a quick summary: I am obsessed with Bar Carts but was never obsessed with the price I could find for said item. Thus, I took it into my own hands to create an affordable, chic, dazzling bar cart for my apartment. If you would like to create something similar, here's the rundown of my Bar Cart journey for inspiration:

THE BEFORE
Knowing that pre-designed bar cart displays were either way too expensive or way too generic (or both!), I decided to put my DIY'ing to the test and devote an entire Saturday to finding a diamond in the rough at our local antique stores.

The Boy and I pored over many treasures, diligently looking at every item to find the ideal candidate. When the Boy saw this one, he screamed my name across the antique plaza and I rushed over to lay eyes on my new little friend in need of some TLC. Yes, we had found our Bar Cart!


THE DURING:
I am fortunate enough to live near my Parents' house. I am incredibly grateful for this especially when I need to do any dirty work such as sanding, painting, etc. as a hip,downtown spot provides no room for such tasks. I always drag everything to my Dad's house (specific supplies I need in tow) and then use his garage and drop-cloths for a few days while I do my resurfacing. With respect to that, I went to Ace Hardware prior to heading to my Dad's and picked up the spray paints I needed.

{I did more than 1 project this night so that's why there's so many. The ones pointed out were used on the BC}

Once all set-up, I sanded down the entire bar cart VERY LIGHTLY: Enough to wear down rough edges but not enough to expect any of that black to come off. After that, I wiped it down with a warm, damp cloth. I also taped the wheels to save them from errant spray paint. After all of that prep, it was time to spray. Over two days, I probably did about 4-5 coats. Some angled up, some down and some sideways to make sure that I got every open surface. I let it dry about 30 minutes between each coat and then for an evening after I was all done.

Then, I had to get glass for the shelving units. Places like Michael's will easily do it for you for a reasonable price. Go talk to them with measurements in hand.

THE AFTER

Finally, I took it into my new apartment and started decorating.


 {^so beautiful!}


{^the top shelf display}

{^Bird's Eye View}

{^Got those Blue Flutes at The Salvation Army}

{^Screw The Girls Next Door- come'on to my house, to my house, I'm gonna give you cannndy... and a Cosmopolitan}


{^oh, I just love it}


{^Unfortunately, people had gotten to the booze before I took the pictures.}

{^Don't forget the mixers!}

{^I'm pretty sure I'm going to change the color of the 'S'. My next project.}

{^I adore those stems.}

{^The utilitarian shelf}

{^Job well done if I do say so myself}

Needless to say, I am obsessed with it. I love the practicality of having a stylish place to store all of our drinkware, I love the ease of entertaining guests and I love that no one else's looks just like mine. But what I love the most is the fact that I put my own elbow grease into it and was able to produce a gorgeous home embellishment using my imagination and a small budget.


DIY Purchases:
Bar Cart- $35.00 Spray Paint - $12.00 Glass - $100 (I didn't pay that much as I had coupons)

Decorating:
I already owned most of what is on there but the top shelf is decorated with items from Target, ZGallerie, Restoration Hardware, Salvation Army, Marshall's. You can email me if you have specific questions about an item.

So... what do you think of the bar cart!
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42 comments:

Charlotte said...

You won't believe how impressed I am by this.. I really, really want to make a bar cart now!

You did good :) xx

Aida said...

My dear,
I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It's beautiful, well structured, interesting, sweet amazing [probably your own qualities right?] and it has completely got me hooked. I think we're going to get along just fine! ;)
I'd like to invite you to follow each other. I’d be very pleased.
I wish you lots of success and will surely come back often
kisses

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Jax said...

I think it is gorgeous!!!! I would have never thought to put any of that together. At all. In fact, before you, I never even knew what a bar cart was. But now, I want one LOL

I love the pop of color with the flowers and the lemons in a vase. It's way too cute!!!! Job well cone :)

Val said...

This is some serious awesomeness!!!! I'm so impressed. I may just have to sit and look at these pics for awhile. So cool.

Erika said...

Okay, so now I want a bar cart. Seriously. This looks INCREDIBLE, Caitlin - I absolutely adore the end result! :)

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Caitlin, it looks great! You did an excellent job! I agree that the color of the S needs to be different; black seems too heavy for such a fun piece. Very well done and I know you're glad to have one project marked off the DIY list. Great job! Thank you for the b-day wishes and welcome back too. :) I hope you enjoyed your time away!!

in HER shoes said...

it looks so fancy, i love it! wish i could be a more DIY person, and the funny thing is i do like repurposing things it's just that i don't make enough time to do things and end up being lazy and buying brand new things most of the time. tsk, tsk.

Harriet said...

I LOVE it!! It looks amazing... it looks perfect in that corner. So cool!!!

Bonnie said...

That is a gorgeous bar cart. Seriously. It's more like art. You did a fantastic job!

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Qué Acierto! said...

Really amazing. I want one like that right now. I need it.

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Wow this looks so great. Really classy looking, you have such elegant taste!
Love it
xx


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QT said...

The job well-done!

Kristin said...

That turned out so amazing! We used to have one...until the dude started wheeling it around. Haha!

Kristin said...

That turned out so amazing! We used to have one...until the dude started wheeling it around. Haha!

Mandee said...

it looks AWESOME! I love that you DIY! I also love that you used coupons at Michael's! I am kind of obsessed with using coupons:)

Johanna said...

You did such a great job. It looks 100x's better! So chic!

Katie said...

I think it turned out great - you did such a good job!

kimberdoll said...

OMG it's perfect! Seriously, I want it! You did an amazing job, I can't believe you can paint it silver! Now I really want to have a drink with you. Love the flower and orange accents. It also looks too pretty in front of your floor to ceiling windows. A+!

hello, Friday said...

You totally rocked out the bar cart! It looks so beautiful!! xoxo
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Kinsey Michaels said...

your bar cart came out so gorgeous Caitlin!! well worth the investment and hunting around for the perfect one. i'm on the hunt for one as well, i love the look of them, and it's such a pretty way to display booze ;) really really love yours! saving some of the pictures in a folder for inspiration!

Rick said...

Oh wow, Caitlin! what an amazing job. I like how you put your creative energy into upgrading a piece you feel so passionate about. It's caused me to look around the house and see if I can apply a similar principle. Plus it looks like you had so much fun doing this! :)

Taylor Morgan said...

So cute! So creative! Very cute :)

xoxo
Taylor

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Bravoe Runway said...

This is really amazing! I think you did a fantastic job creating this bar cart, I've been wanting one for AGES. Saw one at restoration hardware for $750....

aki! said...

That is so freaking impressive and gorgeous I don't know what to say. You really had to have a vision for it!

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| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Love, love, LOVE!
You did great job! (Seriously, wanna come over & help me paint my bedroom furniture?) You know, I am so down for cosmos, I will bring the cupcakes. What's the "S" for? I kinda like it in black...

PS: You are totally inspiring me to redo my room. I just wish I had your DIY skills.

xo SARMIN

Leia said...

Oh my goodness, you did an amazing job! It looks SO pretty. I don't even drink and now I want one of those in my house! haha. I love the trays you've used too - the gold one is to die for. You are a DIY queen!

Naghmeh said...

aaah I had been waiting for this post!! it turned out amazingly! you did such an awesome job. I LOVE DIY projects, you can get exactly what you want that way :) can't wait to see more of your little projects :)
xx

Panty Buns said...

What a pretty, functional, all around well done restoration! As you know I no longer drink, however I'm capable of being around those who do without danger of slipping - I'll pass on those hangovers. I have to admit I miss the relaxed atmosphere but If I started I might not stop.

An even bigger confession is that I had difficult concentrating on the bar cart because I was too busy fantasizing about indulging my exhibitionistic urges and putting on a show male-modeling lingerie in those lovely large and perfectly located windows.

Incorrigible, aren't I?

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

DYING. Obsessed. You better NOT invite me over because I will bring my largest handbag and try to sneak it out! You did an incredible job. Looks so expensive. I love all of the details that you do so well! <3 <3 <3 <3

Ashleigh said...

I'm just going to say it... I am straight up jealous!! (But sooo happy for you!) You did an amaaaazying job on DIY and I'm loving how you styled it. If I *ever* find one I'm coming back here and stealing all your accessorizing ideas ;)

Mani said...

That is so cool! Great idea <3

Elle Sees said...

omg omg i love a bar cart...i'm pretty sure i've told you before. i LOVE this and want one of my own! i have a cabinet dedicated to my stash currently

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

bravo!! looks fab and i am loving the drinks that are stocked....can i come over for a happy hour? haha

Kara said...

Gurrrrrrrrl THIS. IS. AMAZING. I've been waiting with bated breath to see it!! And it turned out far more fabulous than I'd ever imagined!!!!!!! Everything is perfect, right down to the little touches - the lemons, fancy glasses, initial, booze selection...it's official. I'm coming over to indulge in all your alcohol.

FABULOUS!

bananas. said...

it's beautiful and PERFECT against the windows. great job you guys. you KILL'T it...in a good way!!! passing the DIY crown over to you now.

this free bird said...

You did a kick ass job with the bar cart! For real--it looks fab and all the accessories go perfectly with. Go girl!!

ps-next stop: Pendleton. If I ever get up there, we should totally visit together.

xo,
c

rinniez said...

love it caitlin!!!

femmefrugality said...

Been looking forward to this! It looks so great! And amazing tip about the glass shelving...

Kristin W said...

I love it! I looks awesome!

shesnomartha said...

LOVE.IT. Drink on!

Raven said...

ummmmmm effing A. I LOVE THAT! I can't believe you found the base at an antique store that works PERFECTLY! And the way you finished it and laid it all out, perfection! I am insanely jealous. I would totally make one of those for my house if my kids wouldn't help themselves to it :)

jesslope said...

oh how cute. nice job. awesome photos.
i just got done adding color to my bar cart.
take a look : http://lifeinprogress-jesslope.blogspot.com/2012/06/bar-cart.html