Thursday, June 6, 2013

~thrifty thursday, the making of a bar cart~

This is hands down my favorite thrifty Thursday project!
I wanted to create an inexpensive unique bar cart for our dining room, so I set out thrifting in search of various pieces that I could "marry."
 Here is what I stumbled upon in a local thrift shop.
A wood t.v. tray~$2.99
a really cool {and dirty} old trunk for $39.99.
In my mind I knew I wanted the base to have these cross legs, so this was perfect.
What wasn't perfect was the size of the top.
The trunk overpowered the small based.
So, when I got home I unscrewed the top and replaced it with a larger piece of wood cut to the same size as the trunk.
I also had to reposition the legs more to the outer edge of the top.
 Once the new base was all put together, I spray painted it all black,
 brought it inside and placed the cleaned trunk on top.
 I topped it with a white chippy wooden tool caddy and started filling it up.
I used a clear vase to hold limes and lemons and added a couple vintage seltzer bottles.
 Next, I added the drinks, alcoholic, and non alcoholic. 

 I got this sweet tea at World Market, just for the name.
 Also, sitting inside the tray which you can't see, is a wine opener and other essentials like a martini shaker and bottle opener.
 The inside of the trunk is empty for now, but eventually I'd like to get a new key and 
lock made for it and store things inside.

And because I cannot let anything go to waste, here is what I made out of the old top to the t.v. tray:



  1. Your bar cart turned out fabulous! I think it is a magazine worthy story. Love it!

  2. Great job! As always... All about being creative with what you find!

  3. Loving it!! before I even read your post, I thought you would have made the inside of the trunk your "tray"... but like the white caddy on top so much!

  4. Cool! My favorite part is the top to your tv tray. I'm gonna go scrounge our garage and see what I can find to paint now!

  5. LOVE it...and love what you did with the tv try top. And you changed up your table?? Stain...paint? Maybe I missed that!!

  6. Wow! What an awesome and creative makeover!

  7. You are so amazingly talented! WOW! I love it...but then again, I love EVERYTHING you do!

  8. I agree, I think this might be my favorite one too!


  9. Love it!! Teach us how you do the sign lettering.

  10. Wow! Your Bar Cart turned out awesome! I Love it, and the sign You made also! You are so creative! Will you be doing a tutorial on how you made the sign?
    How awesome to find the sweet tea.


  11. You NEVER cease to amaze me!! Your new creation is truly fabulous!

  12. I love the sign you made out of the old top. I was hoping you'd use that too. Love the trunk bar/table idea because I found an old trunk curbside trash day and it's bottom is damaged and i hadn't figured out how to use it yet. So THANKS!

  13. The sign was just a stencil!
    It's from Maison de stencils!

  14. OOh la have me over for some cocktails. Super cool, Melaine. Talented is an understatement! Jenny Carroll

  15. Wow, lady! That is impressive! I love everything about it!! Did you make the tray on top or did you find it? It fits perfectly!

  16. Can you do a tutorial on the sign as well... I've always wanted to know how to make lettering like that? Stamp? Stencil????

    Please show us!!!

  17. Okay, Love, love this! I'm having trunk envy!!
    xxo Monica

  18. Have been looking for a white tool caddy just like the one on your new fabulous bar!! Did you make that one or was it a find? Serving....Shaken or stirred?? LOL

  19. Shaken, and the tray was a flea market find years ago. Monica, I found another trunk almost identical, call me if u want to know where!

  20. Love this idea!!! You've my mind thinking!! LOL!! Thanks!~~Angela

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  23. Such a great idea! I just found a trunk like this on the curb. Mine is navy and a bit bigger but I've been thinking of different ways to use it. Right now I am thinking it would make a great coffee table. I posted about here if you want to take a look.
    Love your blog!

  24. You are amazing for real girl.....!