Mar 152015

Last year, I picked up a basic but functional bar cart at an estate auction for less than $50.  As I said, it is basic but I think it has potential and could become a welcome focal point when we entertain.   I noticed over the holidays bar carts were a very popular topic, inspiring me to do something fun with mine once the nicer weather arrives.  

Currently  the cart is sitting in a corner in our dining room without any definitive purpose.  I have been using it to display / store the cut crystal pieces I own and those I have also acquired at estate sales. 


Estate Sale Bar Cart in need of a New Look

 This cart does need some work because it is partially covered with an over spray of latex paint.  Meaning: I obviously need to do a better job protecting my stash inventory when spray painting in the garage. 

I have always planned on painting this piece but I am not sure what type of finish.  I do know I don’t want black.  I also think it will be moved around and possibly brought outside to the terrace or the deck.

Should I add a splash of colour? 

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Turquoise
  • ??

Or should I go metallic? 

  • Copper seems to be making a big comeback
  • Bronze:  the chandelier and sconces in the dining room are bronze
  • Nickel
  • Chrome

I went to the internet and Pinterest to get some inspiration.  There are lots of similar, simple carts out there but wow! They can be expensive!

Lolita Bar Cart, Gold

One King’s Lane $499

Emile Bar Cart, Nickel

One King’s Lane, Emile, $259

Chrome Metal with Black Tempered Glass Bar/ Tea Serving Cart

Overstock, Chrome Metal with Black Tempered Glass, $143

Safavieh Bar Cart - Gold

Target, Safavieh Bar Cart, $240

Pier 1, Lucette, $330

 I will admit right now that all of these look much more substantial and perhaps sturdier than mine but still, I could not find anything similar for under $100.  So even if I decide to get some fancier glass, I would be way ahead of the game.

I also saw some great practical ideas of how to styleize bar carts.  Once I decide how I will finish this one, I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas.


Love this little corner


So, I am open to suggestions as to how to re-finish this little gem. 

Add colour?

Add metallic?

Add different glass?

Be sure to leave a comment with your thoughts. 

The weather here in Toronto is improving and I will soon be able to get outside and paint this baby!



  14 Responses to “Bar Cart Inspiration”

  1. I’m loving your cart! Hmm, that is a good question. I don’t know what colors i’d used either. Maybe yellow? Because spring is right around the corner. Have a great day!

  2. This is so neat!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  3. Love, love love your bar cart…I would use either bright yellow or aqua with it, definitely not not a metal!

    • Thanks for dropping by Marigene! You know, I am really thinking yellow might be the colour! Another fav of mine is apple green. Regardless, if I do not like the colour, I can always paint it again!

  4. I love your bar cart. It’s not overly designed so it leaves a lot for you to do to decorate it. I like the black but white or metallic would work well I think. As for color to add, I’d play off the colors in your curtains because they are beautiful. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing on the Wake Up Wednesday link party! Hope to see you next week!
    Kate |

  5. I myself like metallics but color is always nice. If you don’t like it you can also re-paint. I myself have done that a few times. You could do a pattern on the glass with some frosting to dress it up a bit. I am sure that it will look great no matter what you decide. Have a great weekend!

    • I am really torn between a metallic and something bold like yellow! Stay tuned to see what I end up doing! Thanks for dropping by and I hope to see you again soon!

  6. Wow! What a steal! You’re absolutely right, you would never find this for under $100! I think it would look great painted like the Pier One bar cart in your inspiration photo; but I’m sure whatever you decide will look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesdays! I can’t wait to see what you decide!

    • Thanks for dropping by Amy. Iam thinking of going the brass look like the pier one too. Or maybe crazy bold like YELLOW. Regardless, it needs to warm up a bit here in Toronto so I can go outside to spray paint! I hope you drop by again!

  7. Beautiful curtains, indeed! What a great print!

  8. Can’t wait to see what you decide for the color! Thank you for linking up with Idea Box!

  9. Go for colour! My vote is definitely colour! Seeing that it is spring time in the US, I think that yellow would be perfect. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday

  10. Oh ! Nice score.. I found a cart at a yard sale and turned it into coffee station. You can see it on my blog. I found another one at a sale but haven’t done anything with it yet. However, looking at what’s trending I was thinking bronze with some funky fun paper… the shelves on my latest find are not glass.
    Deciding on a color is such a personal thing. But don’t over think it. Go with your gut. It will be fab!

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