My DIY Ikea Bar Cart (Less than $40!)

diy inexpensive bar cart from ikea

I have been pretty hyped about having a bar cart for about 2 years now. I wanted to be a hostess with a semi-full bar for my guests to drink the night away. I’d been eyeing the one at Target and even this one at Crate and Barrel that’s waaay beyond my budget. But a little tip from Google and Pinterest led me to Blush and Jelly, and I learned how to create my own bar cart for less than $40!

How I Did It

diy bygel utility bar cart paint gold You know the drill with Ikea. You bust open the box, see the million nuts, bolts and pegs, feel overwhelmed, moan and groan and eventually just put it together. This cart was relatively easy to put together, it was only a 9 step process. The sides were already assembled, which seemed like the hard part. I was up and ready to go in 20 minutes. diy bar cart spray paint gold kryolak 18kt

I bought Kryolan 18kt Premium Metallic spray paint from Michael’s for $7 (before my 40% off coupon). It was my first time ever using spray paint, and to be honest, I was so excited about the project that I didn’t read the directions.

diy bar cart paint gold It was a cold, windy morning. I laid out a piece of cardboard from the original packaging, and sprayed away. In the beginning, the color was uneven and blotchy, but it got better as I stepped back and did longer, more even washes.

diy bar cart paint gold

Styling

Beyond buying all the booze and spraying the cart, I wanted to make it look good too. I found a New Years Eve themed printable (I have no idea where, sorry!) and put it in a clear frame. Then I got some festive paper straws (cute to look at, too mushy to sip out of) and threw them in one of my small mason jars.  I bought champagne flutes (six for $2!) and appetizer napkins ($1). I added my wine glasses later (which I realize I didn’t finish doing when I took this pic).

I still don’t have the bar fully stocked, but having all that liquor is an investment! Baby steps.  Overall, I couldn’t be happier. I save a TON of money making it myself, and it came out way better than I could have imagined!

Comments

  1. says

    That turned out amazing, good job! I too have always wanted a bar cart, they’re so impressive! Lol. Love how you accessorized it as well!

  2. MyBaduBun says

    Ahh! This is so cute! The gold really takes it there lol. I was thinking about setting up a little bar too with really pretty decanters that I’m hoping to find on a thrifting expedition.

    • says

      Thank you! The shelves actually came with the rest of the materials from Ikea. They seem a little flimsy, but they are going strong. I just put a frame on that row to add a little character.

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