Good things come to those who wait. Well, good deals, at least!
Last spring I asked your opinion about adding a small piece of furniture to our petite dining room. For new readers, our dining room looks spacious but it’s an optical illusion (thank the sheers and white walls). The chair under the painting can just barely be pulled out when it’s time to dine. Although our dining table is a nice size, I wanted a place to store a bottle of wine, pitcher of sparkling water or even some side dishes when hosting dinner, to help keep the table clear for wild hand gestures and animated conversation. I thought a corner hutch or bar cart would be a cute sideboard stand-in and offer extra display space when the dining room isn’t in use. Readers chimed in and a bar cart came out on top for its flexibility, small scale and versatility. Thanks again to everyone for their feedback!
Well, I hunted and hunted all summer, trolling the classifieds, yard sales and vintage shops but came up empty handed. I’ve even seen a few different want ads for bar carts and tea carts in the local classifieds, so it seems they are in high demand in Ottawa. Are we all playing Mad Men or something? With no bar cart to be found, Handy Hubby and I planned to weld one. So funny in hindsight, that we thought we’d have the time! Summer flew by with trip preparations and then I jetted off to Hungary for four months. We’d talked recently about finally welding a bar cart this summer, but we have a lengthy to-do list and lots of fun trips and adventures planned. When I spotted a pretty brass cart for only $20.00 on kijiji, I pounced on it. I drove out to Barhaven and arrived at the seller’s house a little breathless, with crazy-eyes I’m sure.
I know some folks rock the brass look (Carrie’s looks amazing) but, although I pine for gold, often it seems, I plan to paint this a vintage-inspired mint green or bright turquoise (maybe the same colour as my chair).
The little Genie finials were cropped out of the seller’s photo (above), so they were a bit of a surprise. We are snipping those off ASAP and adding something simpler or just capping the end. Looks like we might end up welding anyway!
I’m happy to show off this find, only ONE YEAR LATER! As soon as spray painting weather arrives (i.e. it stops snowing), I’ll paint this baby quick and show it off! You know now that I finally have a bar cart, I will find dozens more thrifting, antiquing and yard saling. That’s just how these things work . . .