Rawr! It’s a Tiger Striped Bar Cart

Everyone except Jenna who passed by this metal cart on the curb saw it as another piece of junk.  Jenna, on the other hand, could see the potential it had to become a sexy bar cart.  If you need a fabulous rolling bar in time for your New Year’s Eve celebration, check out this rescue at Rain on a Tin Roof.

Rain on a Tin Roof bar cart before

“After sanding a few rusty spots and getting aluminum foil unstuck that had been there for no telling how long, I gave it a coat of primer, then a few coats of coral spray paint,” Jenna explains.  The next step was placing the tiger stripe stencil on the top shelf of the cart and filling it in with gold paint.  She used Royal Designs paint in Antique Gold, along with a dabbing brush made by the same brand.  Jenna used antique gold Rub ‘n Buff to spiff up the legs of the cart.  She styled it to the nines, and this cart is now ready to ring in the New Year!

Rain on a Tin Roof bar cart after

See more fun pictures of this tiger striped bar cart makeover at Rain on a Tin Roof.

This Project Gives Roadside Bar a Whole New Meaning

Chelsea from Pinterior Designer and her husband were driving along one day when she spotted the bar cart of her dreams in the most unlikely place: on the side of the road.  She screamed for him to stop, and–to make a long story short–the bar cart came home with them.

Pinterior Designs bar cart before

Using some silver metallic spray paint she already had, Chelsea painted the cart.  She and her husband reinforced the underside of one of the shelves and added a wine glass rack that had been sitting in their storage room, so the actual makeover was completely free!  Chelsea shopped the thrift store for pretty objects to use for styling the cart.  Isn’t it lovely?

Pinterior Designs bar cart after

Get more details on this rescued bar cart at Pinterior Designer.

What a Change! Changing Table to Bar Cart

Over at Rustic Rediscovered, Susan’s husband picked up this changing table from the side of the road.  A changing table isn’t a necessity at their house any longer…so Susan transformed it into something that they’d use a little more often.

Rustic Rediscovered changing table before

She started with paint, using Krylon Color Master spray paint in Satin Almond for the frame.  Another curbside discovery, this wine rack, was inserted on one of the shelves.  Small wheels replaced two of the former changing table’s legs, to turn the piece from table to cart.  With the addition of several fun accessories, this has become the perfect bar cart.

Rustic Rediscovered bar cart after

Get all the details on this repurposed changing table at Rustic Rediscovered.

Trash to Treasure from Mom’s Basement

“So I was antiquing with my mom in Stillwater earlier this summer and an old AV cart with clear acrylic wheels caught my eye,” Jackie tells us at Teal & Lime.  “My mom said, ‘I have one like that in my basement.’ She must have seen my eyes widen and my ears perk up, because then she said, ‘Do you want it?'”

Teal & Lime AV cart before

Did she ever!  Jackie had been hoping to find one of these to use as a snack cart in her basement.  The one her mom had was a perfect fixer-upper.  She used Rustoleum’s Protective Gloss Enamel spray paint in Navy to cover up the drab avocado green.  Jackie also added Ikea cabinet handles to the top of the cart to serve as sides that would prevent the snacks from falling off.  Now the pretty cart serves as a healthy hydration station in Jackie’s basement–quite a switch, right?

Teal & Lime AV cart after

Get all the how-to’s and details on this metal cart makeover at Teal & Lime.

Fun Switch: Changing Table Becomes a Bar Cart

“When I found this sad old baby changing table, it was chanting to me, ‘”I WANT TO BE A COCKTAIL CART!'” laughs Heather at A Southern State of Mind.  She was happy to oblige, loading up the changing table and taking it home.

The Southern State of Mind changing table before

The makeover Heather gave to this little table was inspired by the pretty summer style of Lilly Pulitzer.  She started with a quick coat of spray paint.  “I used a new Lowe’s Valspar color Octopus.  It is the most perfect neutral gray with just a tint of blue.”  Heather had a great time stocking and styling her new cart with happy colors.  Isn’t it delightful?

The Southern State of Mind changing table after

See more fun pictures of this transformed changing table at A Southern State of Mind.


Turquoise is Served With a Vintage Serving Cart Makeover

Instead of trashing this old serving cart, it’s owner asked Design It Girl Nicole to work her makeover magic on it.  Nicole was excited to have such a unique piece to work on.

Design It Girl vintage bar cart before

The owner wanted the cart to be turquoise, so Nicole prepped it for painting.  She gave the cart a good sanding, and then applied Aquarium by Sherwin Williams.  The beautiful, new color really makes the interesting details of this cart pop.  The lucky owner is going to have a lot of fun with this little cart, I’m sure!  (Imagine how great this will be at parties…)

Design It Girl vintage bar cart after

Find out more about Nicole’s refinishing techniques at Design It Girl.

Summertime Bar Cart Makeover

When Deb of Lake Girl Paints spotted this bar cart on sale at the local thrift shop, she immediately knew it would make a great drink cart for her lakeside patio.  All it needed was a quick makeover.

Lake Girl Paints bar cart before

She started the transformation by adding a medium stain to the base of the cart.  Next, she worked magic with a paintbrush on the tabletop, creating stripes that looked like weathered wood.  The final touch of whimsy is lettering that spells “ice cold drinks.”  It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining during summers at the lake!

Lake Girl Paints bar cart after

See all of Deb’s painting techniques for this project at Lake Girl Paints.

Bar Cart Becomes an End Table

Tranae, who blogs at Becoming Fabulous, tells us, “Over the last two years a rusty old bar cart has been sitting on my patio.  It belonged to my grandmother so throwing it away wasn’t an option.  Instead I decided to give it a little TLC and bring it back into the house.”

Becoming Fabulous bar cart before

It took two tries with cans of spray paint to get the color right for this cart.  Rustoleum’s “Lagoon” was the final solution, and it definitely looks great in Tranae’s space.  “Since this cart is being used as an end table, I added a lamp, a couple of knickknacks, two books, and some homemade projects,” Tranae explains.  I think she did a terrific job reinventing and restyling this old bar cart into a useful and beautiful end table.

Becoming Fabulous bar cart after

You can get more details on this project at Becoming Fabulous.