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DIY Tales: Rustic Vintage Rolling Bar Cart

By Country Design Home on Feb 12, 2014

DIY Tutorial- Rescuing and Restoring and Reloving an old cabinet into a Rustic Rolling Bar Cart.

Country Design Home Bar Cart This antique, beat up yellow cupboard has been sitting patiently in the barn since the spring, when I scored it on my way out of Todd Farm on a sunny Sunday.

Cupboard Todd Farm The vendor let it go for cheap because he didn’t want to load it back into his car. It was next up on my DIM (Do It Myself) list this past weekend, so I finally had to decide out what to actually do with it. The inside writing indicates that it was removed from an old hardware store in Haverhill,

Bar Cart Hardware Co so my first instinct was to return it to its former nuts and bolts glory. But it really is too awesome to be hidden away in a workshop or storeroom, so now it’s a rolling bar cart! Better to be holding Jack Daniels than jackhammers, am I right?

Bar Cart Finished Kitchen SignedHere is the How-I-Did-It:
1. Washed the whole thing down-inside and out-with disinfectant cleaner-who knows where this thing was before I acquired it?!

Bar Cart Topless2. It was a bit wobbly and was missing the top, so I cut up some old pieces of scrap and glued and nailed it all back together so it’s nice and solid.

Bar Cart Top Braces3. No painting necessary, pretty awesome the way it is with all of the old chipped and splattered paint. But I did matte poly the inside to seal up any odors or dust.

Bar Cart Urethane Interior This thing is very old and rustic, so I wanted to make sure it stayed clean inside for storage purposes.
4. Added wheels to the bottom, so it can be easily moved-have bar, will party!

Bar Cart Wheels5. The new top was salvaged from an aged piece of wood-a yard sale find.

Bar Cart Top Old Table Top Washed it, sanded it, stained it and then waxed it to keep the old weathered appearance.
6. Attached the top to the base with some “L” brackets.

Bar Cart Attaching Top with L Brackets You simply flip the top over, attach one half of the L to that, then place it onto the cupboard and screw it into place, for a nice secure surface.
7. The hardware we had in some bins in the barn. Who knows where this stuff comes from?! But whenever I seem to be looking for something specific, it magically appears. In this case, a towel hook for one side…

Old Hook and a bottle opener holder for the other.

Bar Cart Bottle Opener8. The front panel needed some sort of embellishment, and I found this old rusted window lock. Perfect!

Bar Cart Front Adornment9. Here is the finished cupboard filled with bar stuff. Pretty cool, huh?

Bar Cart Opened I’m really happy with the final results. Looks great in my country styled kitchen! Stayed tuned for more exciting junque transformations. In the meantime, its Monday, so make it a marvelous, magnificent, magical one. Susan

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