Wednesday, September 19, 2012

before and after: bar cart

 When I moved into my new place, I had the need for more kitchen storage.  I decided a bar cart would give me the versatility and mobility and display space I wanted in my extra storage.  Not ready to drop the cash for a bar cart worthy of Domino, I settled on a cheap, but sturdy brass bar cart at a thrift store.  As you can see from the "before" photo, the bar cart was in dire need of a facelift.

After scouring the web for contact paper or wallpaper in a design I liked, I found contact paper  with a brass-colored bamboo design at TJ Maxx.  While there were a few designs I liked better, I couldn't argue with the sub $10 price tag of the bamboo paper. 

If you want to similarly change the surface look of your bar cart:

1.  Thoroughly clean your bar cart.
2.  Carefully measure the shelves to be covered. Use kraft paper to make a pattern for your surfaces.
3.  Cut kraft paper to size using measurements, and place on shelves of bar cart to ensure that pattern      fits the surface area perfectly. Modify pattern if needed.
4.  Use pattern to cut contact paper to size.
5.  Carefully place contact paper on first bar cart shelf, and press firmly with a straightedge ruler to
     create a smooth surface without air bubbles.
6.  Repeat steps 4 & 5 with second shelf.

I am really satisfied with the way this DIY turned out and have used my bar cart for several get-togethers since moving in.


  1. Hey Kate, you are an artist. Greetings from Spain!

  2. fantastic! the cakes look delicious too :D xx


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