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If you’ve been wanting a bar cart for forever but can’t justify spending over $150+ on one, then you are in luck my friend! I have found a way to make one for half that, enter the DIY Bar Cart! I’ve wanted a bar cart for so long but the only ones I’ve liked have been between $200 and $300 and that’s crazy. Some even get up to $1,000 and beyond. Opting for a cheaper DIY option is almost always a winner, and this one is no exception. All of the supplies to make this bar cart can be found at Orchard Supply Hardware too! No need to run around going to different places. Plus, you get a free apple!
- Shelving Unit
- 32″ x 12″ piece of plywood
- (3) White Spray Paint Cans
- (4) 5/6″ x 1″ Caster Wheels
- 30″ of 3/4″ Copper Pipe cut to 2 pieces of 11″ and 4 pieces of 1-3/8″
- (4) 3/4″ 90 Degree Copper Elbows
Paint all of the pieces of the shelving unit white (or the color of your choice). I used about 3 cans of the spray paint linked above. Make sure you get one suitable for metal. I painted the piece of plywood with this paint and a paint brush but you can also spray paint it instead. Also remember to paint the 90 degree copper elbows.
Assemble the shelving unit, place the plywood on the top shelf, and put the wheels on. My wheels were a little too small for the holes but they still work. You will need two people for this part so that when you put two of the wheels on, the other two don’t fall out. I bought the wheels in 2 2-packs but Orchard Supply has some that you can get individually that I think would fit better because they are a tiny bit bigger.
On the top of each vertical pole of the shelving unit, leave the caps off so that the holes are open. Next you will assemble the handles. Orchard is great because they will cut copper on the spot in store for free. You could either have them cut it or cut it yourself with a copper cutter. Place the elbows on the ends of the 11″ pieces and put the 1-3/8″ pieces in each of the elbows. Then place the two handles on each side of the cart. The 1-3/8″ pieces will fit nicely inside the open holes of the cart.
DECORATE! This was my favorite part, of course. There is actually a thermostat that I hid with the “Bar” sign, which worked out perfectly. For the palm leaves, I taped them together and put them through the bars of the cart to rest on the top of the bottom shelf. To see where I got all of the decorations, scroll to the bottom of this post. Drink tip: Mix Blue Curacao, Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka and Sprite together for the best drink ever. It’s so delicious. I also have another blue drink recipe that I’ve shared along with how to paint floral cups that can be viewed here.
Decorate Like Me
All other decor is from either Marshall’s or Home Goods
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*Thank you to Orchard Supply Hardware for sponsoring this post.