Before & After: Bar Cart Update

BEFORE

Pathetic-ville, I know. To be honest, I went back & forth on whether or not I wanted to keep this bar cart all together. I’ve had it since my studio apartment days (circa 2015) after finding it at a Homegoods store. Needless to say, I felt it leaned a tad on the feminine side in terms of style. But after considering getting a new bar cart all together, that too didn’t seem like it would be a legitimate purchase. In reality, I drink mostly white wine and beer, both of which stay in the fridge 95% of the time, and Thomas prefers whiskey & red wine options, which get stored on the cart on the occasion we even have it in the apartment (as you can see from the lack thereof of bottles above.)

So we figured it was better to make use of what we already have; just needed to beef it up a little in the masculine department. In order to keep it relevant with our existing living room theme, opting for rustic wood & metal in the decor and accessories felt like the right way to go.

AFTER

Here’s the result! A few accessory touches here & there, along with making better use of available space within these 3 shelves, led us to a brand new bar cart vibe. I absolutely love how it turned out (as does Thomas) and now feel at peace having our entire living space now looking complete. Funny how it only took 70+ days indoors to trigger me into actually completing my home improvement projects lol. But hey if there’s anything to be proud of accomplishing in Quarantine, it’s checking things like this off the never-ending list!

I’ve linked all the available items you see below (or something very similar to it if no longer in stock) as you scroll down & check out the new bar cart up-close. I hope you enjoy as much as we do!

TOP SHELF

The Art of Mixology Book

Probably the most useful find I could get (for myself), as each page is filled with easy-to-follow cocktail recipes from well-known concoctions to out-of-this-world suggestions

Whiskey Rocket Decanter
Old Fashioned Whiskey Glasses (Set of 4)

I know you see only 2 in these shots, but they came in a set of 4; the others are in the dishwasher. Highly recommend getting these 2.5″ ice cube ball trays too to really elevate the at-home experience

5pc Gold Bar Tool Set
Malaysian Bamboo Reed Diffuser

Quality like the Nest Fragrances, but half the price! Plus, all purchases help support the amazing small business behind it

Wood Serving Tray

MIDDLE SHELF

Countertop Wine Rack

Although you don’t see many bottles here, this rack is the perfect small space solution to hold the 2 we usually have in-stock. The champagne & moscato bottle you see here are clearly there for display purposes; they returned right back to the fridge following this photo shoot, in case you were concerned lol

Tip: Be sure to store any wine bottles you have outside the fridge on their sides, as doing so allows the cork to stay moist and your wine tasting great longer than it would be if you kept it upright. Otherwise, the cork will begin to dry up & it will start to let air inside, causing premature oxidation and therefore ruining your wine


BOTTOM SHELF

Gold Ice Bucket
Open Bar Wood Sign

Propping it up with this mini frame stand (same for the Mixology book above)

Gold Tray
Wood Nesting Boxes

Using these to store all our coozies & wine stoppers out of sight

WHAT HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED DURING THE QUARANTINE?

Let me know in the comments below!


16 Comments

  • Reply Alex Valenzuela May 28, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    LOVE THIS! I have been dying to get a bar cart and this is so chic!

    xoxo

    • Reply Tilden June 1, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you Alex!! xx

  • Reply Omonigho Obonna May 29, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I love the cart….

    • Reply Tilden June 2, 2020 at 2:20 am

      Thank you so much!! xx

  • Reply Amanda C Burrows June 1, 2020 at 10:15 am

    I’ve been meaning to create a bar cart for my outdoor patio. This will serve as inspiration for me when I finally order a bar cart — there are just so many to choose from, ha! I’ll need a similar wine rack and I’ll be ordering the book you have for tips on crafting cocktails.

    XO Amanda || Affordable by Amanda

    • Reply Tilden June 2, 2020 at 2:22 am

      Yay!! So happy to hear this Amanda! xx

  • Reply Shelbee on the Edge June 1, 2020 at 11:59 am

    Tilden, it looks so great! I love the style of your bar cart with all the rustic touches. Definitely worth keeping! We have a butcher block table that has turned into a mini bar but it seems to also collect all of the children’s school work and other stuff! Thanks for sharing and linking up.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • Reply Tilden June 2, 2020 at 2:27 am

      Ahh I love the concept of a butcher’s block / definitely want something like that in my future house for sure! Thanks for stopping by, Shelbee! xx

  • Reply Loniesha June 2, 2020 at 12:55 am

    This is just the cutest idea! I’ve always thought to have a cabinet built but never a cart! Maybe I should rethink this, haha. I definitely love the aesthetic it gives.

    • Reply Tilden June 2, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Thank you so much Loniesha! The best part about a cart too is that you can move it around/change up its location, esp if you’re in an apartment setting – helps to make things feel fresh sometimes 😀 xx

  • Reply Gianna June 2, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    I love that Malaysian Bamboo Reed Diffuser!! Such a good place for it too. Want to add that to mine!

    • Reply Tilden June 2, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      It seriously smells INCREDIBLE! Think of it as Nest Fragrances quality but half the price! Plus, it’s from a small business in Greenport, NY 😀 xx

  • Reply Jacqui Berry June 3, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Brilliant additions, I’d love that in my room. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Jacqui x

    • Reply Tilden June 5, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you so much Jacqui! xx

  • Reply MILLEA June 8, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Very good idea, I’m very fun. this can be an inspiration for me to create bar cart for my outdor patio

    • Reply Tilden June 8, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Yayy!! So glad you like it! xx

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