Monday, December 10, 2012

Chevron Liquor Cart!

Today I'm showing you how I made myself a liquor cart! I made this cart for less than $10, yippee! I was also able to make it just the way I wanted it, so that it would flow with our home beautifully. I've been wanting to do this for a very long time, but I had to be patient and wait for all of the proper materials to come along.

This photo is what first inspired me to design my own cart. In the restaurant business these carts come and go all of the time. We even have a couple at the restaurant right now. The problem is, we use them- a LOT. So I couldn't take a cart. I could look for one around town, at thrifts and restaurant supply companies, but I didn't want to spend money on one.
 If you follow along, you know that about 7 months ago we moved our restaurant into a new, bigger location. In comes my cart...
This old rusty thing has been sitting on the back patio of our new place for the last 7 months(hence the rust). It used to hold our coke boxes at the old place. Well, I cleaned her up and gave her a fresh coat of primer and paint and my amazing dad built me some shelves out of scrap wood. It took him all of about 30 minutes. Then I finished priming and painting. Next I drew on a pattern and taped it off so I could paint on a chevron detail. The I used a $2.50 true black paint sample. Afterwards(because it's a mini bar) I used a water based polyurethane to protect my design and to give it a little sheen.

I love the results. It's not exactly like my inspiration, but it's totally me and totally unique. I can't get enough of all of the details on the cart...the chevron pattern obvs. The vintage decanters my mom gave me that she's had since before she was my age. You can't see them but some of them have to cutest little silver tag labels. The gold duck glasses that are from when Kory was a little boy, I'm obsessed with them. They're so beautiful and one of a kind, plus they're totally Kory. I love that I was able to keep this cart fairly feminine while still incorporating masculine details, like the duck glasses and the deer shed. I'm not completely finished. I want to eventually add wheels to the cart(to make it an actual cart. HA!) and I'd like to make a fun banner to hang on it or above it that says "cocktails." But for now, it's amazing just the way it is!

 What'd you think of this post? Would you attempt this? How would you make your cart your own? Do share!
Melissa Loren


  1. oh i love it!!i love the chevron!

    1. Thank you so much! I had to have the chevron, the possibilities are endless though!

  2. I've been trying to find one myself for about a year! My hubs wants one so bad! We found an awesome vintage ice bucket now we just need to commit to a cart. Ugh! So challenging. Yours is absolutely amazing!!!

    1. They can be tough to find, especially for tht magical price! I'm happy with ours for sure! I hope to make another one for when our basement is finished!

  3. Great job! I love chevron everything!

  4. This looks fantastic! I've been wanting to do the same with our old changing table, but haven't gotten my mojo to actually do it. :)


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