I've been eyeing up bar cart's for a loooong time. But I could never bring myself to spending the type of money required to get a good one. Finally about a month ago I found a DIY from RandiWithanI and thought I might be able to expand on to make the bar cart I was looking for.
It starts with the Bygel Utility Cart from Ikea which is basically the cheapest thing in the world and looks very utility-cart-ish. Confession: I'm terrible at building Ikea furniture...or really, any furniture. One time at work I was assembling a toaster oven (not furniture, but same concept) and my boss (who was fantastic, btw) was watching my struggles from his office. Finally, after a solid 5 minutes of struggling he came out of his office and exclaimed loud enough for the office to hear, "Ladies and Gentlemen...she can build buildings, but can't put together a toaster oven..." It was one of my favorite moments.
Now that you know my shame, you may be surprised to see that I was actually able to assemble this bad boy all by myself. Brian was at work...so I had to do it. I'm not sure how long it took me, but not long at all. I'm thinking around 20 minutes or so. Once you're done with the assembly it's time to primer that baby for paint.
Priming is an important step when you're painting over metal. It helps the paint adhere to the surface and saves you from roughing up the surface. I like to use a gray primer (light or dark depending on the paint color) because I find that the resulting color ends up with a better quality than it would with a white primer. Make sure you prime the cart and the shelves.
Once the primer is dry, it's time to paint the cart the actual color. For me, that was copper. Copper is having a huge resurgence right now and I'm in love. I've always loved having metallic finishes in my home, so this is bound to fit right in. This cart and shelves took one coat, the wine rack and stemware holder (which you should also prime and I'll talk about in a minute) took two because of the little pieces. Lesson Learned: I did not use a clear coat over this, but realize now that I should have. The copper does mar and chip easily. I'm going to be touching up and then apply this very soon.
Ikea Stemware Holder / Target Threshold Wine Rack
Following RandiWithAnI's lead, I picked up the stemware holder from Ikea (you can find that in the kitchen accessories area, generally in a large basket) and the wine rack from Target. I then used Gorilla Glue to adhere the wine rack to the bottom shelf and the stemware holder to the bottom of the middle shelf. Lesson Learned: Read the instructions on Gorilla Glue. Apparently it needs the surface to be wet and you shouldn't get it on your clothes. My sweatpants now have a permanent Gorilla Glue spot. Great.
Once the glue is dry, you're done! You can start filling up your bar cart with your items! I had recently gotten that 'In Wine There is Truth' box from a friend for Christmas and it's the perfect little holder for my wine stops. The crystal decanter I purchased at an antique store in Southern Missouri this summer. And the Stella glasses are from their Buy A Lady A Drink Campaign which provides clean drinking water to third world countries when you purchase a goblet.
The total cost for this project was around $70 which is still about half the cost of what I was going to spend on a good bar cart. If you decided to make one, let me know! I'd love to see photos!