Brass Bar Cart

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Apr 05, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner
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!