DIY // Bar Cart Transformation


Hope you guys are having a great week!  Since I’m on a styling job in Vancouver this week, I thought I would share one of my favorite DIYs to date that Eden created for us awhile back.  It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to add some character or eccentricity to a space.  Plus, I think it would do really well outdoors for any of you planning to host a big Labor Day shindig.  It would be the perfect stage for a self-serve cocktail bar, don’t ya think?


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  1. Purchased a utility cart. I got mine from Sams Club for $60 (
  2. Assemble the cart and make sure to leave the bumpers off, it looks much nicer without them!
  3. Sand the metal as much as you can. The more the better, use different grades of sand paper too.
  4. Tape off the wheels, and spray paint the cart any color you want!
  5. The cart comes with plastic you can place on each shelf. I chose to only include one for the bottom.
  6. I covered the bottom plastic piece in upholstery leather from Leather Hide Store ( and used hot glue to adhere it to the back of the plastic, effortless but looks chic!!
  7. I also cut a small piece of leather for the handle on the bar cart. I also adhered the leather to the handle with a small amount of hot glue and it’s very sturdy!

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All photos and instructions by Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm

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  1. rachel


    always love a cocktail trolley! Great Make.

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  4. Love this!! I have been looking a thrifted cart to turn into a coffee / bar cart with no luck yet and this is perrrfect! I’m definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Wow, I can’t believe you found that cart at Sam’s for just $60, and you did a beautiful job transforming it into something so chic! Pinned 🙂 I’d love it if you shared this over at The Makers link party going on at my blog right now, Hope to see you there!

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  7. Where is that lovely California print from?

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  10. What paint & color did you use?

  11. What paint color did you use? I love it!

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  14. I have been hoping to do this for ages and have been looking for an old bar cart to come available in the right condition for the right price – this is much simpler. Thank you!

  15. What a beautiful piece!! I’m currently furnishing a new loft style apartment from the ground up and had my eyes on a few (very expensive) brass bar carts to complete our space. Your DIY cart has me rethinking that purchase! I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for sharing!

  16. What color and brand was the paint you used?

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