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How To Make A Creative And Functional DIY Rolling Bar Cart

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See how I turned a $5 thrift store find into a beautiful and functional DIY rolling bar cart!

diy rolling bar cart before

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This $5 thrift store cart received a super fun makeover into a DIY rolling bar cart, using paint and a stencil.

I’ve paired up with a great group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge.

Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

I look so forward to these monthly challenges. I really wanted to create something different this month so I headed to my favorite thrift store to see what I could find.

before & after diy rolling bar cart

Supplies  Needed For Rolling Bar Cart 


I definitely picked the right day to go, as all wood furniture was 50% off! I immediately was drawn to this rolling cart-I think it was used as a microwave cart in its former life. Check this beauty out:

diy Rolling Bar Cart before

It was marked $9.99, which means I paid $5 for this baby! Now check out what I turned it into:

DIY Bar Cart painted sky blue


A rolling bar cart-cool right? I gave it a good cleaning first, then a light sanding. Other than that, the piece was in very good shape and didn’t need any repairs.

I used two coats of this beautiful Valspar seafoam color called Schoolboy Blue that I picked up for .99! They had a sale on paint samples at Lowe’s and this color just jumped out at me.

I find it very soothing. Once it was dry I gave it a coat of clear wax to protect it. I stenciled “BAR” on the bottom shelf and picked up some flour sack towels to hang on the handles.

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side view of diy rolling bar cart

I staged it as a bar cart, but honestly this cart could be used on a porch to serve sweet tea or even in a bathroom to store extra towels.

There are so many options and for $5 it was definitely a steal! This rolling bar cart is going to my niece-who will use it to serve her Aunt Fireball & Ginger ale 🙂

Hope you like it Breanna!


  rolling bar cart makeover


You may also want to check out this old bookshelf turned into a DIY bar cart.

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Monday 31st of October 2016

Hi Michelle. I've featured this post at A Tray of Bliss today. Thanks so much for supporting the Five Star Frou-Frou neverending linkup. Love, Mimi xxx


Sunday 7th of August 2016

Turned out great, can't believe you only paid $5 for it! #HomeMattersParty


Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

Great looking idea! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Monday 1st of August 2016

The bar is open, and I'm ready for a drink! Such a cute cart. Love this project. Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty ! :)

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai


Tuesday 2nd of August 2016

I'm ready too Lorelai! Thanks for hosting this great party!

Cecilia MyThriftStoreAddiction

Monday 1st of August 2016

Michelle, this is so cute! I just found a similar one at yard sale last week that I am anxious to transform too! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

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