This DIY bar cart was originally an occasional table that was found at a salvage antiques store. All it took was a little imagination and some hardware to repurpose it into a beautiful beverage cart! Finding an old vintage piece to breathe new life into can be just as fun as the project themselves.
Here’s how we transformed the table into the cart. Of course, your thrift store find won’t be the same as ours, but the basic steps should be the same when you’re creating your own DIY bar cart.
DIY Bar Cart
Materials for DIY Bar Cart
- 5-in. Stainless Steel Bar Pull
- Clear Wheel Swivel Casters
- Vintage Style Satin Nickel Color Insert Knob
Step 1: Remove the table legs
Use a Dremel tool with a wood and metal flush-cut blade accessory for an even cut surface. Slide the blade between the base board of the cart, and the last peg of the cart legs.
Be sure to keep your hand as steady as possible, and apply even force when cutting. Your casters will be attached to this area after all the legs are cut off, so creating a flush surface is the key to an even piece. Repeat this process for all four table legs.
Step 2: Add casters
Before adding your casters, mark the desired placement of your hardware, taking into consideration the finished cart’s contents and load balance.
Use a 3/32-in. drill bit to pre-drill holes that you have marked. The Clear Wheel Swivel Casters come with installation hardware. Use a Phillips-head drill bit and a drill to attach the casters to the base of the cart.
Step 3: Add the pulls
To increase the cart’s functionality, we chose to add bar pulls to the side, these can be used to move the cart or to hang towels when the cart is stationary. Based on the width of our cart, we chose to use 5-in. steel pulls.
We used an Installation Template to mark the placement of our holes for a more accurate mounting of the bar pull.
After you have marked your placement, use a 3/32-in. drill bit to pre-drill the holes for installation.
Then, using a Phillips-head screw driver, attach the pulls from the inside of the drawer area using the included installation hardware.
Step 4: Add the knob
We used Vintage Style Satin Nickel Color Insert Knob for the front-facing drawer to keep the vintage integrity of the original podium, but also provided a fun and playful color pop to our finished piece. Use a Phillips-head screw driver, attach the knob from the inside of the drawer area using the included installation hardware.
Step 5: Style and enjoy!