Portable bar carts can be stylish and functional pieces of furniture to keep in any entertaining space. They offer a place to store and display glasses, drinkware, and, of course, the beverages that go with them.
Bar carts don't have to cost a fortune either. DIY wood bar carts can be a great choice and most can be built for less than $100. Check out these ten ideas for inspiration.
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Bar cart, mobile island, or kitchen counter extension? Whatever you choose to use it for, this wood cart built from scratch may be just your thing.
Projected at $75 for all materials, all you need for this cart are moderate woodworking skills, a drill, a table saw, and a jig.
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How can you not love this seriously utilitarian outdoor bar cart? A partial list of its fun features: hook for the corkscrew, another for the towel, a built-in bottle cap opener, a strong top that can hold an ice chest.
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An Unusual Upcycle
Erin Souder at design blog Earnest Home Company promises that this bar cart/table is so simple, even the DIY-averse can do it. What makes it so easy is that it is hacked from the base of another piece of furniture that is entirely unrelated to carts, bars, and tables.
Amazing enough, she used a wooden director's chair.
She added a wood serving tray to the top, painted it in Sherwin-Williams Lemon Twist to make it stand out against her neutral dining room walls, and–done! Instant bar cart/table with a pop of yellow.
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Ashley Rose over at Sugar and Cloth had so many things going on in her life–eradicating a "cesspool of mosquitoes," installing light switches, and fixing an ice maker–that building a wood bar cart from scratch was not part of the plans.
Ikea's Kallax bookshelf came to the rescue. Using Kallax as a base, she added brass pulls, casters and a few other accessories that dressed up the shelf and made it bar-ready.
The best thing about using wood as a base is that she had no problem screwing in the casters and pulls, as the soft MDF material is easy to work with.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The secret behind this fantastic natural wood bar cart is to use cost-controlling Southern Pine or white wood instead of expensive hardwoods.
Softwoods, too, can be stained darker colors to emulate the look of pricey hardwoods. Just be sure to use a pre-conditioner to avoid blotchy staining.
Anna Liesemeyer provides you with all of the details on her site.
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Gold and Bold
Not all wood bar carts must look like wood. Cris at StyleAnthropy turned an ordinary Ikea Lack table into a bar cart objet d'art with just a can of spray paint, mirror tiles, and two towel racks. Everything, including the table, costs less than $60.
Gold Wooden DIY Bar Cart from StyleAnthropy
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Ashley and Whitney over at Shanty 2 Chic had "serious love" for a certain Crate & Barrel bar cart, but not for its $800 price.
For only $150, they built this fantastic copycat bar cart. Being two self-described "power-tool-wielding DIY queens," they decided to build the cart entirely from scratch.
Building plans are laid out in great detail over on their site.
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Uncork and Relax
Oenophiles will love Allen Lau's DIY wood bar cart because it is large enough to accommodate wine bottles on its middle and lower racks.
Inspired by Crate and Barrel's Collins bar cart, this from-scratch creation cost Allen less than $30.
Lau left the wood natural, but you can stain it and apply a protective coating, if you wish.
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A Satisfied Pallet
What's better than combining your desire for a bar cart with that favorite word of all–free? Holly Ledingham did just that when she turned a stack of wood pallets from her local post office into this gorgeous cart.
One tip when using a pallet to make a bar cart: check it for cleanliness. Some pallets are embedded with oil and other toxic materials that are difficult to remove. For that reason, many DIYers choose to purchase clean pallets.
Pallet Wood DIY Bar Cart from My Pinteresting Life