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{Before: An outdated heated food cart from Value Village; After: My bar cart}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