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Brass Bar Cart

Since last Spring, I have been obsessed with adding a brass bar cart to our home. I don’t think my husband will ever understand it, but I feel bar carts are a classic and versatile piece. I envisioned using it as a “console table” and end table in our living room, and wheeling it into the dining room when hosting dinner. So, I began my search…
beautiful brass Beckett Bar Cart from Williams Sonoma
Cosmopolitan Bar Cart from Williams Sonoma {over $1,500 with tax and shipping}
Arteriors Brass Bar Cart
$600 “bargain” Bar Cart from Crate & Barrel
Best Buy Bar Cart from Ballard Designs for just $430
For a piece of furniture that my husband just doesn’t comprehend, they were all too expensive. I began a Craigslist hunt, created a wanted post on Facebook, asked around if anyone had one, and visited antique shops. A year later, I received a text from friend and florist Erin Volante. She had discovered one on Craigslist and I was first in line to purchase it at just $200. I knew I could update it into the cart I had been dreaming of! Here’s a before photo:
I knew the frame was something I could work with. So the DIY refinish began!
First, I spray painted the frame. I wanted a classic brass look.
I was going to change the casters, but after they proved to be difficult to get off, I spray painted them as well {which I would have to do to new casters to match the finish anyways} and saved myself $20!
Next, I replaced the antiqued mirror with traditional glass that I had custom cut. It was cut to be a better fit that the existing piece.
I’m so happy with the end result and at a total of just $220, so was my husband!
I love the handles!
I also love how the glass exposes our hardwood floors versus the original mirror. It balances the heavy frame.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing this piece a lot in my future entertaining as it makes a great bar, dessert bar and more! Learn how to style a bar cart here!
How to style a bar cart - the simple tips & tricks to great styling, while keeping it functional for entertaining!
Julie

18 comments on “Brass Bar Cart”

  1. I LOVE it! Now you have me wanting one too. Good work!

  2. Love it! I’ll keep my eyes open for you!

  3. I would love to have one of this in my future house. ^ ^.

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  4. I’m on the hunt for one at the moment too! Have found a beautiful one for $350. Initially thinking it was too much, since looking around, it sounds like a steal! You did a beautiful job with yours. Bravo!

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  5. Kim, they go fast! If it has beautiful “bones”, I’d act quick!

    • Thanks Karolina! I wonder how much they were asking for it! I use mine a couple times a week…I can’t wait to share photos of it from last night’s dinner party.

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  9. Love this!! What make and color spray paint did you use?
    Thank you!!
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  10. Hi Julie, I think Karolina is right. That looks like a genuine Maison Bagues bar cart. They sell for about $3,000.

  11. Not your fault! You have a great eye and gravitated toward something beautiful. I say you enjoy the cart knowing you won’t have to be bothered with polishing it. But if you ever have lots of car repairs or need the cash, then you can strip in in a week:-)

    • You are so sweet! I love your mindset. I was wondering if I could strip it without removing the initial finish. I may give it a try. I also can’t believe I replaced the original glass. Who knew. Oh yes, YOU DID!

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