Bar cart makeover: they see me rollin’

vintage bar cart, craigslist

This summer in preparation for my new apartment space I scoured Craigslist for some hidden treasures to fill my place. If you recall my 5 necessities for my new apartment, I was drawn to a vintage bar cart set up like the ones below on Pinterest.

bar cart, make over, craigslist Source 1, 2

After weeks of combing through sketchy Craigslist furniture postings, a miracle happened. I found the perfect cart! She was a beauty, located in Rockville, and only $50! I was emailing the seller before I could even start dreaming up different arrangements of bottles, flowers, candles, booze, etc.

vintage bar cart, craigslist

As you can see, the cart was in need of some attention. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s a great quality cart. Unfortunately the 2 glass shelves were missing and while the body of the cart was bronze, it was starting to rust. So after some bronzing polish and a stop at Columbia Mirror & Glass for two custom new glass shelves, she was already in better shape!

I’m struggling with how to best utilize the cart’s space and how use it for storage while keeping it styled pretty, so it’s still not figured out 100% quite yet. I’ve already changed things on the cart a few times.

bar cart, makeover

bar cart makeover, craigslist, bar cart diy

I lined the bottom shelf with a Paris map sheet from Paper Source, topped the shelf with succulents and my favorite candle,  and lots of my go-to cookbooks. Unfortunately it’s a little overwhelming how my glassware takes over. I’ll have to find my soup crocks, margarita glasses, and shot glasses a new home eventually. I love having the cart in the new place!

When I sent the picture to my mom, she says “Wow, that’s a great piece! Heirloom quality to give to your future kids!”. Ok mom… what kind of mother gives her children a BAR cart?

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    August 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    This is a great find Morgan. I like how you lined the bottom with the Paris map, it’s very cute and I like it with all those glasses.

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    andrea nicole
    August 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    awesome! this looks great. i love the idea of having a bar cart too. so fun. so classy.

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    August 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    i love this! you did such a great job!
    xx theflossylife

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    November 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Morgan, I love how it turned out! I too would be a bit stumped on accessorizing…but I am sure you will figure it out.

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      November 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks, Shannon! It’s been a few months and now I can’t remember how I lived/entertained without a bar cart!

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