How to Style Bar Carts

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Oct 16, 2016

Do you have a Bar Cart? Do you want a Bar Cart? I am a ‘No’ and a ‘Yes…please’. In anticipation of  acquiring one soon, I’ve been looking at how to style bar carts, so that I’m ready when I finally find one.

OK…so I may be a bit late to the bar cart ‘thing’, but then again, I was late to the whole Mad Men ‘thing’ so that about explains it. But, as the saying goes, ‘better late than never’.  

I love the idea of bar carts and the civilized, ‘sit down for a chat and a cocktail’ mood and era it evokes. And, as fate may have it, I have identified the perfect spot in my dining room for a lovely, well-stocked bar cart. 

In the perfect world, I’d find one at my local thrift store, put a little elbow grease into it and have a lovely bar cart in the end. I have definitely been on the hunt, but thus far have come up empty-handed. I’m not giving up on that hunt; but, since I’d love to have one for the upcoming holidays, I’ve expanded my search. 

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First off, lets look at some beautifully styled bar carts I’ve happened across.  Here are some of the elements that make these bar carts so well adorned and functional:

  1. Flowers or greenery
  2. Drink glasses
  3. Alcohol Bottles and Liquor Decanters
  4. Bar Set/Tools
  5. Ice Bucket
  6. Cocktail Napkins
  7. Drink garnishes
  8. Serving Tray

My friend Sherry found her cart abandoned in her garage and made it beautiful, as she is wont to do. (I want a garage where I find abandoned bar carts! whiny voice) bar-cart-54-6299-419x628

Savvy Apron

When I was growing up my parents had a rattan bar cart similar to this one. Of course, when they passed it on to me I didn’t really appreciate it and used it as a potting bench for years until it disintegrated (can you see me kicking myself?!)barcart_southseas-027-alt_crop_base

 

South Seas Bar Cart by Serena and Lily

Of course, Julie Blanner has beautifully styled her bar cart…and I just happen to love the whole bamboo, brass and glass feel of hers. My perfect bar cart would look very similar to this one.how-to-style-a-bar-cart

Julie Blanner

This modernly-styled bar cart by Jonathan Adler still evokes an ‘art nouveau’ feel to me. modern-decor-bar-cart-a-spr15-jonathan-adler-1

Jonathan Adler Cheval Bar Cart

The Ken Fulk Admiral Bar Cart by Pottery Barn speaks of leather chairs and paneled walls, doesn’t it?ken-fulk-admiral-bar-cart-o

Ken Fulk Admiral Bar Cart

And for something completely different, this bar cabinet from Pottery Barn fills the same need with a completely different vibe.georgia-bar-cabinet-o

Georgia Bar Cart

So, I shall continue my hunt for a reasonably priced bar cart that I can fix up to suit my needs. But…time is ticking if I want it for my holiday entertaining.  I’ve been looking online in case I do need to go the ‘new’ route. Here are a couple I have found that are also fairly reasonably priced.

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World Market Grand Cole Bar Cart

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Target Fitz Bar Cart

 

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Joss and Main Ellie Serving Cart

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Target Sinclair Bar Cart

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One King’s Lane Ivanna Cart

As luck has it, the one I’m leaning towards (the Ellie at Joss and Main) is on sale and quite reasonably priced right now. I may have to give myself a deadline, in the near future, if I want to take advantage of this price. 

So, do you have a bar cart? Do you love it? Of the ones I showed above, which ones do you love?Great examples of how to style bar carts to make them both functional and lovely; perfect for casual, formal and holiday entertaining.

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6 Comments

  1. Carol

    October 17, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Lynn, these carts are so pretty! Unfortunately, with our downsizing we don’t have a place to have one, anywhere. I’m glad we did downsize, but it has it’s cons.

    Reply
    • lynn

      October 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Carol, that is one of the downsides of downsizing (see what I did there?!) And truthfully, since Terry and I plan to put our home on the market in the spring, I probably shouldn’t be conniving for a bar cart…but nevertheless…I am! I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can.
      Thanks for swinging by.

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply
  2. Debrashoppeno5

    October 17, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I do like bar carts. They look so elegant.

    Reply
    • lynn

      October 22, 2016 at 6:31 am

      Thanks Debra…now I just need to get my hands on one!!! Wish me luck.

      Have a great weekend.

      Lynn

      Reply
  3. Liz

    October 19, 2016 at 12:11 am

    With limited cabinet space and a growing interest in craft bourbons and whiskeys we’ve considered getting a bar cart; love the options you’ve included here!

    Reply
    • lynn

      October 19, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Thanks Liz…I’m chomping at the bit to find one! I’m bound and determined to find one at a thrift store. wish me luck!

      Reply

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