How to Artfully Arrange a Bar Cart

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Few trends have taken the decor world by storm quite as strongly as the bar cart. Boasting both functionality as well as a bit of glamorous style, the artfully arranged bar cart is a highly coveted trick to master. Happily, getting the look isn’t as difficult (or pricey) as you might think!

First things first—the cart. If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect bar cart to add to your home, try searching places like thrift stores, estate shops, consignment outlets and antique malls. Our own brass and glass piece was snagged from a local second-hand shop for just $50.

As for the styling, there a few key pieces that every bar cart should have. First, of course, the libations. I’m a sucker for a good label, and liquor and mixer bottles hardly ever disappoint. Go with your personal preference during this phase of the accessory gathering process—there’s no reason to stock brands that you won’t actually use.

Next, come the glasses. I have two sets of bar cart glasses—one set of six gilded tumblers, and a larger collection of gold rimmed champagne glasses that I keep on a lower shelf for entertaining. Both came from a local estate shop for less than $10 a set.

To finish off your bar cart, bring in a collection of assorted accents, things like vintage decanters, striped paper straws, a small glass filled with toothpicks (for olive-loving martini drinkers!) and artwork. To dress up our bar cart, I framed a gold foil “Pop, Fizz, Clink!” print by Laura Hooper Calligraphy, and added a DIY paper tassel garland for texture and pizazz.

If you’re still a little unsure of how to pull this look off or if you haven’t found just the right bar cart to add to your inventory, try this trick in the interim. Grab a tray—any tray will do—and use the same principles of a full size cart. A collection of glasses, a decanter, a few favorite liquor bottles and even an ice bucket. This compact option is perfect for those on a budget or who live in a small scale apartment. Cheers!

Carrie Waller is the writer, designer and stylist behind the blog, Dream Green DIY. Photos courtesy Carrie Waller.

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