October 14, 2014

DIY: Bar Cart Re-Do

{Before: An outdated heated food cart from Value Village; After: My bar cart}

Last month I purged a lot of things I've accumulated over the years. I purge once every 6 months. I find it therapeutic. The lack of clutter make me feel lighter when I get home. My purging started the fall of 2012 after I got out of a toxic relationship. I was in a very dark spot for months. It resulted in me losing 25 lbs that even size 0 was too large for me. Eventually I got out of it... and then a few months later I lost my job. I was alone in a city with no family and no income. So I purged some more... Yeah, 2012/2013 was a fun time for me.

It was during that time that I learned the amount of designer goods I have and how pretty my house is are totally irrelevant to my happiness. I've proven it to myself time and time again during those times. Someone or something made me feel worthless and miserable and it was only up to me to get myself out of the hole. Just me. All that had nothing to do with how pretty I decorated my dining room or buying another Chanel.

That being said, when I have a bad day, it is still more comfortable to cry in a room of nice stuff. 

And so, here is a new cart I DIY'ed to store my liquor and the stuff I did not throw out during my purge :) I recently re-did my living room and thought a cart would be what the empty corner in my living room need- except bar carts are so expensive, I couldn't find one I liked for under $100. And then there was a little blip in the radar back in September when I came across the dinky cart above for $5.99 in Value Village...

I also had the guts to haul it to the front desk and ask if I could get it further reduced because "the wheels squeaked really loud". The wheels weren't bad bad but it was annoying enough. I ended up getting this cart for $2.99.

All this took for this DIY was some primer and gold spray paint.

The primer was important here because the surface of this old bar cart was a glass-like finish. The primer would keep the old paint on & keep the paint longer lasting.

Yeah, there are 4 bottles of tequila here. I love my tequila what can I say...

All in all, my bar cart cost me < $15 with the spray paint. The primer I purchased while painting my vanity table. I think this is one of my favorite DIYs so far!


  1. What an awesome job... you made this look beautiful. I am glad you are aware that you are not how pretty your house is or if you have on some high end clothing... they are not the things that make you... more people need to learn that...

    2012 and 2013 were rough learning years for both of us...

  2. Nice job!! I really like it ;)



  3. I fricken LOVE this! I can so relate to the toxic relationship, purging can be so cathartic, but I've found that making things is even more cathartic. I cannot BELIEVE you got this cart for only $3, I'm dying for a bar cart DIY myself, and I'm gonna need to hit up some thrift stores now. Love your styling, it looks so chic and expensive! Well done, my dear!
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

  4. I love how you have arranged the different pieces! What an amazing DIY find! Your pictures are really professional as well. Many hugs :)

  5. Ohhh good job with this cart! I like it c;
    I also like this skull shaped bottle thingie

  6. Your bar cart looks awesome! It could easily pass for one 100x more expensive.

    We got ours from IKEA for around $60; it's the little 3-tier turquoise kitchen cart. Perfect size and very cute. It gets compliments all the time.

  7. The bar cart looks really good! I've been meaning to buy a bar cart from ikea. They are fairly decently priced there, and I was thinking of painting it gold! :)

  8. Yeah, 2012/2013 wasn't a hot time period for me either. Great DIY project, though! That bar cart looks great!

  9. You are seriously the queen of DIY's. This looks so fantastic!

  10. You have exquisite taste and talent :)

  11. Yay for getting out of toxic relationships! I'm glad you're in a less dark spot now, and with a fancy bar cart in your living room no less. A pretty awesome trade off if you ask me. I can't believe you picked it up for $2.99. I need to learn how to negotiate better. This is definitely one of the better Before/After posts I've seen recently. Well done!

  12. Perfect DIY, and I love how human you are through your writing in your blog. I am a girl from Victoria BC myself (with parents who still live there) who had to move away and travel the world, and that's how I started following your blog (trounce alley post).

    Lotsa love, and best wishes in life, from Oman [next to Dubai;)]

    -Just another Bedouin Victorian Girl

  13. I left my toxic love (ex husband) and everything I owned that couldn't fit into one suitcase so I relate so much to this post.

    Here's to building a new life not dependent on others or things but on how beautiful we see ourselves and the world;)

  14. nice job..looks amazing!

  15. This is fantastic! I too believe it is not the price tag on things that will make you happy. However this is one of a kind and looks very expensive. You get to pride yourself in showing it off when you have company. Which is far more rewarding than buying one for $$$. (:


  16. Love bar carts! Yours turned out amazing! Super cute!

    <3 Shannon

  17. OMG this looks fabulous! You did such a fantastic job :)

    xo, carli
    Puppies and Polka Dots

  18. Such a fantastic revamp!

    xo Kylie

  19. I'm probably way off base, but my first impression towards a serving cart is that it's a very retro-cool thing to have. Sophisticated. And to think that you invested just $15 (and labor) is amazing! It turned out great.
    In relationships, you deserve the best. I'm sorry you got stuck with a jerk for a while--they should all have a red ear or something so we can see them coming.

  20. What a great deal! There's nothing wrong with asking for a discount, if you don't feel like you're getting your money's worth. It looks good in your home!

  21. No way. I have been eyeing bar carts for the past few months now, so this just resparked that desire. Ahhh! Love how you revamped it <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  22. Amazing DIY and decor! =D
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  23. You did an ah-mazing job on this bar cart! Toxic relationships are one of the worst things to go through, feeling that low is horrible, but I am glad you were able to realize what is truly important in your life.

    Clothes & Quotes

  24. You did a great job girl! That cart looks amazing!

    Reflection of Sanity

  25. I just can't get enough of how nice the bar looks, it is hard to believe it costs that much. Great job! I am also glad that you 'freed' yourself from unhappiness, I chuckled at ` it is still more comfortable to cry in a room of nice stuff. `


  26. Wow, great job! It turned out fabulous! I have been wanting a bar cart as well, but they can get pretty pricey. I hope I score a great find like you did!



  27. very creative, the cart looks great and vintage! on a depressed mode, I usually eat or shop whatever that I see but that is an expensive habit especially now that I'm always stressed out (work, mostly) and so I'm trying to incorporate getting rid of things too because they seem to just add up to amount of dark cloud in my life...it's a bit hard so I'm doing it slowly but soon probably I'll be like you who have a schedule and doing it on a semi annual basis :D

  28. Are you being serious?!? I have the EXACT SAME bar cart at home! My husband uses it for his seven million coffee utensils.

  29. Just in time for the holidays! Oh, you should be on Flee Market Flip it!