Rattan Bar Cart DIY: Inspired by Society Social

Get the charming sophistication of a Society Social bar cart with this bar cart DIY for under $40

Ask any hostess with the mostest and she will tell you a bar cart is an essential entertaining tool, especially if you don’t have a built in bar. Bar carts are functional, offering storage for your liquor and wine collection as well as a designated space to mix cocktails. Plus bar carts are portable and add a certain chic panache to any room.

Rattan Bar Cart DIY- get the Society Social look for a charming and colorful bar cart perfect for entertaining

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Finding the perfect bar cart for your decor style and budget can be a bit of a challenge. I’ve long loved the look of Society Social’s rattan bar carts, but I just can’t justify their hefty price tag at $700 when S. and I have so many renovation projects on our list. Whenever I go antiquing or thrifting I keep an eye out for a vintage bar cart I could transform.

Finally, the other week I got lucky! Tucked away in the back of a consignment shop loaded down with books and other bric-a-brac was this simple rattan bar cart. I sauntered up to it trying to appear casual and not wanting to alert anyone else to this gem. I was nervous to look at the price tag, praying it would be affordable. I flipped the tag over and my heart did a little flip for joy. YES! It was only $30!

I knew immediately that this little guy had a new home in my dining room and that I wanted to paint him a bold color. It took me a couple days to decide between navy blue and black, but in the end I decided to go for the more unexpected and chic navy. Turns out the cart was from Target, and it must have been snagged on clearance. They restock this same style from time to time. Get it here!

This bar cart DIY was so simple and only takes about 4 hours to complete not to mention how inexpensive it was.

Rattan bar cart DIY in navy blue - perfect for chic entertaining

Materials for the Bar Cart DIY:

use these materials to transform your rattan bar cart with spray paint

  • Drop Cloth
  • Sanding Block
  • Rag
  • 2 Cans of Spray Paint – RUST-OLEUM 2 x Ultra Cover in Gloss Navy
  • Painter’s Tape

Rattan Bar Cart DIY


  1. Lightly sand down the rattan then wipe off dust. Sanding-Rattan-Barcart
  2. Cover wheels with painter’s tape to protect from spray paint. cover-wheels-DIY-Barcart
  3. Shake spray paint can vigorously and begin to spray rattan. Continuously move spray over surface in broad strokes to avoid excess paint and drips.
  4. Allow first coat to dry for about 30-45 mins. Then turn cart upside down and paint any missed spots. dsc_0540
  5. Apply second coat of spray paint, turning cart as needed. Expect to use 1 can and 3/4 of second can. Allow to dry 1-2 hours before moving inside.

Get the Society Social look for a fraction of the cost with this bar cart DIY - bar carts are a chic entertaining staple

Rattan Bar Cart DIY - paint your rattan bar cart to get the Society Social look

Turns out my “vintage” find wasn’t so vintage after all. When I flipped the bar cart over to spray paint the underside of the rails, I found a Threshold sticker on the top tier shelf. My bar cart is actually from Target and not very old.

I just love how these pineapple bar accessories look on my navy rattan bar cart!

I’m so happy with how my bar cart DIY turned out. I love the navy, and it looks great in my dining room with the aqua and white walls. Plus this was so inexpensive: I paid $30 for the cart and $8 for the spray paint. See how I styled it for Thanksgiving here and it decked out for Christmas here.

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  3. Billie on December 3, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I love this cart! The color is perfect!

    • Katherine on December 3, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Thanks so much Billie! I’m so happy with how it turned out, and I’ve been enjoying styling it for the holidays.

  4. Sherry Fram on December 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Love the bar cart! The color is awesome! Great job!

    • Katherine on December 4, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Sherry! : )

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  9. Paula on February 16, 2018 at 8:08 am

    You made this bar cart look great!

    • Katherine on February 17, 2018 at 7:37 am

      Thanks so much Paula!

  10. Ginnie on February 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    What a great find … consider me jealous! 😉 I love the paint your chose!

    • Katherine on February 24, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks so much Ginnie! This has definitely been one of the best DIYs I’ve ever done!

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