Wednesday, July 3, 2013

{DIY} Turn a TV Stand Into a Bar Cart

This bar cart was such a happy accident.

As I was putting our screened porch together this spring, I had this empty spot to the left of the french doors that was screaming for something...something...but what??

And then I remembered this humble little TV stand in our basement.

My parents bought this at IKEA probably 20 years ago now and at one time used it in their basement.  It long ago made its way into my furniture hoard and was the TV stand in Scott's and my first apartment.  Then it hung out in our basement and/or attic for awhile, making sporadic appearances here or there when we needed a small table.  Most recently it was in our girls' playroom but was soon retired to make way for the ever-growing collection of toys.

And wouldn't you know it was the perfect size for that little empty space on the screened porch?

Situations like this really do not help me break my furniture hoarding tendencies...

The transformation from lackluster old TV stand to bar cart was actually really easy.

First I cleaned and very lightly sanded the whole table.  Then I gave the bottoms of the legs a coat of metallic gold spray paint.  When the gold had dried, I used Frog Tape to tape a straight line across the legs and cover the gold, then gave the whole table several light coats of royal blue spray paint.  When that paint had dried, I removed the tape, drilled holes for hardware in the drawers, and attached small brass furniture casters with black wheels.

That is it!

I love the pop of blue - I am obviously embracing color in this room :) - and the gold accents add the perfect amount of sophistication while still keeping the bar cart's overall feel as a playful piece. 

The little details here, like the brass hardware (buy HERE), gold-dipped legs, and brass casters (purchased at Ace Hardware), are what really make this look like it was made to be a bar cart from the beginning.

I also pieced together this little tray to corral ice and beverages from a cheap plastic tray and some leftover wrapping paper.  I'll share the how-to with you next week!

Can I fix anyone a drink?


  1. WOW. i would have totally passed it up before- what a gem now! pinning this one!

  2. What a great idea! I love being able to repurpose what you already have!

  3. LOVE! J'adore!! Can I have it?? LOL, just kidding, no, but really...xo K

  4. Love the blue and gold! What a transformation!

  5. Absolutely love it Jennifer! What a huge transformation.

  6. This is adorable and so practical. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love it! The vibrant blue is awesome and love the gold feet. I just ordered two more pillows in the jacobean print for indoors (I LOVE the one I purchased for our porch so much). We have a similar space on our porch that needs a little something. This would be perfect.

  8. LOVE! The little casters and gold touches definitely put it over the the top! The blue is SO good too!! I think I need to paint something this color next ...

  9. Such a good idea! I've been looking for something like that to turn into a cart for our dining room! Awesome!

  10. You are brilliant! I love it! I'll take a lime marg on the rocks please! :)

  11. I can't believe the difference! The dipped legs and added casters totally made the piece, and I love the color!

  12. wow i love how this turned out - the color is perfect and what a transformation!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak
    -- design in your home link up

  13. The before and after pictures are amazing! I love how it turned out!!

  14. Absolutely fabulous transformation!!

  15. Gorgeous and classy! I love how this came out!


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