Monday, December 23, 2013

Wallet Smart Bar Cart

I have been hunting the internet for a great bar cart for months now. Unfortunately, most of them are way out of my limited price range ($50 tops). Most of the ones I loved were $400+ - wowzers. I was looking for an old-fashioned gold and glass cart. Instead of shoveling out a third of a paycheck, I turned to Pinterest from some bar cart DIY tips.

I saw a few that came from this IKEA cart and decided that this would be a perfect starter cart for me. It certainly does not look glamorous or even remotely pretty but I'm trying to see the forest for the trees here. I checked Craigslist to see if I could get this cart for any less than the $25 sale price and closer than the 45 minute+ drive to my local IKEA. And I found one! I dragged my (once again) ever patient boyfriend to an apartment in the city to pick up the cart. Luckily, it was in great shape. After a Lysol wipe-down and a screw from my local hardware store, this thing was a beauty....almost.

[phone books were delivered just in time to weigh down my tarp]

I took advantage of the uncharacteristically beautiful December weather this weekend (70 degrees in DC) and busted out my spray paint. After quite a few coats of Krylon Metallic Gold spray paint, I let this guy dry outside...and got quite a few looks from my neighbors. 


I loved it already. I was so impatient to get it inside to set up I barely let it dry all the way. Here it is! The finished product - it's not everything I want in a bar cart but it's a pretty good start. Now I just have to start drinking cocktails....maybe a gimlet this evening :) 

Best part is - this whole thing (cart, paint, screw) was less than $25!!! Not only does it significantly improve the look of the apartment, but the fact that it was SO inexpensive makes me ridiculously happy. Next, I'm looking for a few little wall hangings (perhaps a cute drinking saying or a colorful bottle of wine) to put on either side of the mirror. I would call this one a success! 

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