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May 3, 2012

Hatching a Plan: Bar Cart to Steal

I'm not literally planning to steal a bar cart, but copying a person's brilliant idea is still theft.  I should feel ashamed, but instead I'm pretty excited.

After all of your awesome feedback about what to add to our teeny tiny dining room, I am 97.5% sure we're going to go with a bar cart.  I think the airiness of it won't make the space seem lopsided, although I don't plan to load it up with stuff.  I like an uncluttered space, anyway.  So I'm thinking only a few accessories, maybe decant our hooch into some vintage bottles.  Ultimately, I need a surface to use during dinner, like a sideboard or buffet, but we just have zip room - for even the smallest buffets.  Even the play kitchen, hanging out beside the table, is almost too big.  Have I mentioned the space is small?

We decided to make a bar cart (of course), but when I started sketching designs I got a little overwhelmed.  How do furniture designers do it?  I just couldn't narrow down what I wanted and changed my plans daily.  But then I spotted the perfect cart!  Its high price tag ($800-$1200) almost gave me a mild heart attack, but we plan on getting our welding on to make our own version, for a fraction of the cost (barring any unforeseen thrifting successes).  And, whew, pressure is off for designing the perfect piece!

This is the cart, the World's Away Hampton Bar Cart:

This is about $1100! Yikes!

I am thinking of painting it turquoise, which is actually a stock colour so I already get to see what it would look like:

I like that the squares echo the squares of our headboard (which I actually designed and didn't copy from anywhere - go me) and our desk (which I totally did copy).  

Although, truthfully, I'm getting used to the play kitchen there (I'm delivering it in a few weeks).


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  1. LOVE bar carts. I found a metal utility cart at a flea market and spray painted it a glossy white to use as a bar cart.

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    1. Ooo, I'm super jealous! I have been keeping my eye out for one to refurbish but no such luck (well, I found a few crazy people asking hundreds online for really cheap-y ones). That's why I decided to just make one but I'm still hoping maybe this Saturday's yard saling will be fruitful. . .

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  2. I'm also obsessed with the idea of a bar cart. I've done scouting but sadly it looks like there are either no bar cart lovers in my area or they are hoarding the ones they already have. I'm hoping to DIY my own but the styles I love most probably wouldn't work in the room so maybe I'll try to go simple with the design and bold in the color. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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    1. I think with the popularity of Mad Men, bar carts are newly "hot" because I can't seem to find a good one to spruce either! Well, good luck with your project, I can't wait to see what you create!

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  3. I love the style of that cart. Can't wait to see yours when done! I have a huge teak and glass one I found at auction, and I'm madly in love with it.

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    1. Oooo teak & glass sounds gorgeous! I don't think I have seen a teak bar cart - only a few less than special tea carts. You should get it!

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  4. Love it - can't wait to see your version. I wish we could weld here - I need a new coffee table base.

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  5. I love bar carts too! My mother in law has one and I eye it every time we eat in her dining room. Hopefully if they ever remodel or get rid of it I have first dibbs. pretty sure she got it at a thrift store too!

    I'm sure if you guys are going to WELD one it's going to be amazing! wow good for your guys!

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  6. Definitely love the turquoise! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  7. I have a total crush on bar carts, and this one is a classic winner!

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  8. This is going to be so perfect. I can't wait to see your finished version!

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