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.
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 vintage 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. This bar cart DIY was so simple and only takes about 4 hours to complete not to mention how inexpensive it was.
Materials for the Bar Cart DIY:
- Drop Cloth
- Sanding Block
- 2 Cans of Spray Paint – RUST-OLEUM 2 x Ultra Cover in Gloss Navy
- Painter’s Tape
- Lightly sand down the rattan then wipe off dust.
- Cover wheels with painter’s tape to protect from spray paint.
- Shake spray paint can vigorously and begin to spray rattan. Continuously move spray over surface in broad strokes to avoid excess paint and drips.
- Allow first coat to dry for about 30-45 mins. Then turn cart upside down and paint any missed spots.
- 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.
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’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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