Bar carts have been making a comeback in a major way, and I’m not immune to their awesomeness–it probably also had something to do with my recent Mad Men binge. I’ve been wanting one at my house for a while, so I thought of my project in terms of something I would use in my own house, which meant, of course, it also had to fit my style. The problem with the bar cart at my house, is that I need pieces that do double or even triple duty due to limited space, and a dresser, which provides tons of extra storage, seemed ideal for a bar cart. I can totally picture this in a corner of my living room, providing the perfect place for serving at parties, but also, two extra drawers for all of those table linens, glassware, and dishes that we only use for special occasions and never seem to have a permanent home.
So, here’s how I turned an expensive dresser into a high-end looking bar:
We started here…
…and then with a coat of stain (Jacobean by Minwax). We were lucky enough to have had the dressers assembled and painted for us before we got to Iowa, but you can see my whole rundown on how to stain here.
Next remove the top drawer. If you’re the one putting this together, just don’t attach the front panel of the drawer, but assemble the rest according to the directions.
The bottom panel of the drawer needs to be flush with the sides in order to attach the hinges, so you’ll need to cut off the excess. I just used a simple handsaw. Since this wood is thin, you’ll want something with a fine(ish) blade so that it doesn’t just rip it to shreds.
To keep the drawer closed, attach a magnetic closure–you can find them in the cabinet section of the hardware store. (Please excuse the blurry picture, this one is from my phone.)
You can head over and check out the tutorials for the other ladies’ projects too!