Bottom's Up! 9 DIY Bar Carts to Elevate Your Cocktail Hour

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It's no surprise that artisanal cocktails are all the rage, and having your own stocked bar cart is a fun way to get creative while entertaining guests at your next get-together. Whether you're mixing up drinks or devising a clever way to store your assortment of liquor bottles, a cart or tray is always a handy and glamorous accessory. Get inspired by these revamped bar carts that serve up some serious festivity.

Related: eHow -- How to Artfully Arrange a Bar Cart

A styled bar cart can bring a little revelry into your home.
A styled bar cart can bring a little revelry into your home. (Image: eHow)

9. Brass Bar Cart

When Julie of The Life Styled found this cart, she was determined to restore it to its former glory. Now with refinished brass and clear glass shelves, this cart proves that patience and a little creativity can go a long way.

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This antique bar cart is balanced by a gallery wall of modern prints.
This antique bar cart is balanced by a gallery wall of modern prints. (Image: The Life Styled)

8. Campaign Chest Bar Tray

Fit for a Manhattan martini bar, this tray gets an uptown twist with the addition of brass corners and drawer pulls. This tray, seen on Honestly Yum, can be pulled together in just hours and ready for a cocktail party by five o'clock tonight.

Related: Honestly Yum -- DIY Bar Tray

An inexpensive restaurant stand in a coordinating color can give your tray total versatility.
An inexpensive restaurant stand in a coordinating color can give your tray total versatility. (Image: Honestly Yum)

7. Navy Blue Bar Cart

An old AV cart can be re-purposed into a wonderful cart to hold snacks and beverages. Jackie from Teal & Lime was lucky enough to grab this cart for her family’s basement. Wanting to create more of a kid-friendly vibe, she filled it with munchies like popcorn, cookies and mixed nuts.

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If you choose to situate your cart against a wall, placing two matching chairs on either side of the cart will provide balance.
If you choose to situate your cart against a wall, placing two matching chairs on either side of the cart will provide balance. (Image: Teal & Lime)

6. Industrial Bar Cart

If you’re one of the lucky few to find a bar cart from a flea market, this DIY project is for you. This cart, re-purposed by the girls at A Beautiful Mess, has good features and with a little TLC provides the perfect space to display a diverse cocktail collection.

Related: A Beautiful Mess -- Industrial Bar Cart

Stock up on various cocktail bar staples like Hendrick’s gin and Angostura bitters; you never know which drinks your guests will prefer!
Stock up on various cocktail bar staples like Hendrick’s gin and Angostura bitters; you never know which drinks your guests will prefer! (Image: A Beautiful Mess)

5. Bamboo Bar Cart

The bamboo details of this cart might suggest that this cart existed in a tiki bar at one point in history. To get that vintage bar cart look, Julie of Coordinately Yours used spray paint and cut custom fitted glass shelves.

Related: Coordinately Yours by Julie Blanner -- Bamboo Bar Cart

The handles on your cart can be used for more than wheeling the cart into the dining area. Hang cotton towels to aid in the event of a spill.
The handles on your cart can be used for more than wheeling the cart into the dining area. Hang cotton towels to aid in the event of a spill. (Image: Julie Blanner)

4. Utility Bar Cart

Trying to find the ideal cart from a flea market or thrift shop can take a lot of patience. If you’re looking to DIY a bar cart ASAP, you can purchase a basic metal cart and embellish it with memorable details. The girls at The Effortless Chic added upholstery leather to the handle and bottom shelf, giving the cart a handsome touch.

Having an assortment of glassware can add variety to your cocktail menu: A Gin Fizz, an Old Fashioned, and a Tom Collins are all traditionally served in different glasses.
Having an assortment of glassware can add variety to your cocktail menu: A Gin Fizz, an Old Fashioned, and a Tom Collins are all traditionally served in different glasses. (Image: The Effortless Chic)

3. Shabby Chic Bar Cart

Believe it or not, this adorable cart started out as a dusty, garage sale score in need of a little revamping. With a fresh, white coat of paint and some charming adornments (see: striped straws and pale pink roses) this cart from Design Sponge is ready for entertaining.

Related: Design Sponge -- Shabby Chic Bar Cart

Homey touches like books or candles are a great way to incorporate your personal style into the mix.
Homey touches like books or candles are a great way to incorporate your personal style into the mix. (Image: Design Sponge)

2. Yellow Bar Tray

Hosting brunch at your place? Use a wide tray to serve up a mimosa bar like this one from House of Earnest. Bonus points if you squeeze your own orange juice!

Related: House of Earnest -- Yellow Bar Tray

Fresh flowers add an element of grace to a cocktail area.
Fresh flowers add an element of grace to a cocktail area. (Image: House of Earnest)

1. Artfully Arranged Bar Cart

Liquor bottles, glass tumblers and decanters are all essential accoutrement for a classic bar cart. eHow Home blogger Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY brings all of these components together in a balanced, aesthetically pleasing way.

Related: eHow -- How to Artfully Arrange a Bar Cart

In search of some snazzy glassware for your cocktail area? Estate sales are great places to find vintage treasures that won't break the bank.
In search of some snazzy glassware for your cocktail area? Estate sales are great places to find vintage treasures that won't break the bank. (Image: Carrie Waller)

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