Making a DIY bar cart to have in your home may seem like a pretty grownup move, but let's face it: one of the most enjoyable parts about being a real, live sophisticated adult is being able to try different kinds of delicious cocktails. Sure, there might have been a time in college when you were happy enough to sip a light beer at a poorly ventilated basement party, but times have changed, and your palate has expanded. Now, vodka gimlets have taken the place of cheap rum and cokes, jello shots are a long forgotten memory, and you're more likely to sip on an old fashioned than participate in a beer bong. Before you
know it, you have several different types of bitters in your pantry, and a
cocktail shaker waiting at the ready. But once you acquire several different
sets of drinking glasses, all with designated uses — martini, old fashioned, and
margarita — where are you to display them?
Not only are bar carts the perfect grownup apartment accessory, they're also the best location for your growing collection of liquors, syrups, and bar accessories. They’re the greatest way to feel like a sophisticated Don Draper, ready to shake a cocktail when entertaining family and friends. But if you're unwilling — or unable — to spend several hundred dollars on a bar cart from a fancy furniture store, it's time to roll up your sleeves and try out the do-it-yourself route. After all, what's better than serving the perfect drink for your guests, if not revealing that you made the cart it was prepared on, too?
To help get you started, we've put together nine of the coolest, most chic bar cart DIY tutorials around. And once you're done making your own, reward yourself with a refreshing cocktail. You deserve it.
1. The Green Machine
amazing is that lime green color? This beautiful bar cart was restyled from an
industrial cart found at a flea market.
2. The Ikea Cart
than $30 — and a trip to Swedish heaven, IKEA — you can have yourself a brand
new, blue bar cart.
3. The Golden Goddess
4. The Pop of Color
5. The Simple and Sweet
6. The Ombre Oasis
7. The Square Sweetheart
8. The Utilitarian
9. The Blue Beauty
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