Beefing up the Bar

Do you remember the vintage bar cart Stephen and I found in Kansas City earlier this year?  Up until yesterday its sole purpose in life was to collect dust on its wobbly self out in our garage.  I’d been planning on having mirrors or glass cut to replace the shelves, but since we’ve had this cart for 6 months and that still hasn’t happened, I decided it was time to get some use out of this cart in its current state.

Vintage Bar Cart

You see, we’ve had a very small bar cart of sorts in the corner of our dining room for quite some time. You can see the small black cart on the right side of this photo from our dining room reveal back in January.

Old Bar Cart

As much as I love that little black cart, we needed a wider one to fill the space and hold more glasses and bottles.  So I dusted off our vintage find, tightened some screws, rolled it in and loaded it up!

Filled Bar Cart

The cart is the perfect width for the space and you hardly notice the slightly damaged shelves once it’s loaded up.

Cart from Right

On the top, I lined up some of our small glassware, a few cooking books and cocktail napkins.  The “tray” you see is actually just a piece of fabric in an inexpensive frame.

Top Shelf Cart

The bottom shelf holds our larger bottles and definitely has room for several more.  I picked up that ice bucket for a couple bucks at a flea market last year.

Close up Cart

Overall I’m happy with how the cart fits in this corner.  The art above is hung at the same height as the frames on the other side of our china cabinet, but I’m thinking about replacing those frames with a larger, lower mirror to add a bit more light and shine to the space.

Zoom out from Right

When I do get the chance to replace the shelves on this cart, I’ll probably Rub’n’Buff the metal details too to really make them shine!

Just a fun free update to get a little more use out of this corner of our dining room. What do you think?

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10 Responses to Beefing up the Bar

  1. Pamela says:

    Lovely! How creative you are, making that “tray!” Ugh, can I have your dining room? All of it? C’mon …

  2. Terrie M says:

    Love it! Found you from Better After. Sometimes they just need to be used in their current state!

  3. cassie says:

    oh i think it looks awesome! i don’t think you notice the shelves at all now that they are decorated. and i love teh shiny brass! 🙂

  4. It looks great! It really fits the space perfectly. And I think I’m new since you did the dining room reveal. Gotta go check it out. I love your hutch!

  5. Allison H says:

    Looks great!! perfect fit!

  6. Love the cart and how you accessorized it!

  7. Michelle says:

    I love these these bar carts. Looks like you’ll have to make my bloody mary oyster shots this weekend to try out it 🙂
    http://jarrahjungle.blogspot.com/2011/08/bloody-mary-oyster-shots.html

  8. How did I forget what you’re dining room looks like?! I love that hutch. You’ve inspired me to maybe try my vintage globe in our dining room. Ever since I bought the new hutch, that side of the room seems dark and the globe seems funny in my office where I have it right now.

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