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
and
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:

xoxo

27 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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  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!

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  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!!

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  6. Wow! What an awesome and creative makeover!

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

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

    Heather

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

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  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.

    Sandi

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

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  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!

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

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

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  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!

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  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!!!

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

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  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

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  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!

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  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. http://tiffanyleighinteriordesign.blogspot.ca/2013/06/trunk-coffee-tables.html
    Love your blog!

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

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