KC Fun Finds: Vintage Bar Cart

After the destruction left in the wake of our bathroom remodel, our garage was in serious need of some attention.  When I got home yesterday, Mr. Heard was already at work, loading up items to donate to our local Habitat ReStore, and putting his brand new Shop-Vac to good use.  A garage-worth of sawdust later, he proclaimed this Shop-Vac to be our best home improvement purchase of 2011.

Stephen’s cleaning rampage also unearthed several furniture projects that I’ll be getting started on over the next few weeks.  On our trip to Kansas City a couple of months ago, I picked up this vintage bar cart, and I’m pumped about all the potential this piece has.

It has great deco-detailing, and after tightening a few screws it should be quite sturdy.

The shelves will definitely need some attention.  These faux wood pieces have seen better days.

I’m thinking I’ll poke around online and try to find some brass casters to replace the plastic ones that came with the cart as well.

Overall it should be quite the fun makeover!  The biggest questions once it’s done will be 1) should we sell it or keep it?  2) where should we put it?  3) what fun things should we put on it (in addition to liquor of course!)?

To answer question 3, I’ve pulled together some inspiration photos of my favorite bar carts from blogland.  Feast your eyes on these beauties!

That round-up sure helped me answer question 1!  I say we KEEP IT! 🙂

Do you have a favorite bar cart image I missed?  Any suggestions for fun, unexpected items to put on the cart once it’s done?  I’m partial to books and plants and vintage glassware myself, but I’m looking forward to poking around and seeing what we come up with!

Thanks for reading!

1, 2, 4, 9, 11 via One Love
3 via Casa Brasi
5, 10, 12 via Elements of Style
6 via Knight Moves
7 via Design*Sponge
8 via Little Green Notebook

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10 Responses to KC Fun Finds: Vintage Bar Cart

  1. Sarah says:

    We’re not really drinkers and with small kids having bottles of booze around is probably not a great idea but I would love to have one of these to use as a library cart. That way we could have books in our family room and it would be easy to change them because I could just wheel it into the room with the bookshelves and load it up.

  2. Candace says:

    I have a cart, too! I don’t have pointers for updating it…. quite the opposite. Would love to see how you do it, so I can give it a whirl! Mine is red formica. Yum.

    Right now I use it for plants…

  3. cassie says:

    i think it is so cool! it would look awesome with mirrors for shelves or fun paper on the shelves. i love it!!!

  4. Alaina says:

    Meredith i LOVE this cart i have been looking for one forever! If y’all like coffee you could make it into a coffee bar and put your coffee maker, coffee, mugs and other accessories on it! How much did you get it for? i found one this weekend for $20 but i was too cheap to get it 🙂

    • Meredith says:

      Oh Alaina, I love the coffee bar idea! You’re gonna die when you hear how much our cart was. I got it in KC in the 75% off section of an antique mall, and got it out of there for 5 bucks! I know!!
      I’ve seen ones for $40 and $60 and on up from there, but I’m too cheap too. At $5 though, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.

  5. CUTE!

    By the way, if you want to unbrassify it, there is a away. I cannot remember right this second. But I’m sure some googling will find you what you need. There is a simple way to remove the yellow brass coating and making look chrome/silver and loooooverly.
    I’ve seen it done lately on some craigstlist coffee tables.

  6. Anne says:

    Oh what a fantastic Idea.. Wow I can not wait to see it!! Hugs

  7. Michelle says:

    I want a vintage bar cart so badly! Yours is perfect I can see the potential a bottle of wine away … or maybe 2. I think it would look great in the dining room or near the kitchen.

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