If you follow me on Instagram you may remember the bar cart that I designed and built for season 8 of The Builders Challenge. Well, today is the day that I finally share build plans for this DIY bar cart! It was a fairly simple build so it would be a good project for a beginner woodworker. There are endless options when it comes to finishing this cart but I went with a mix of marble tile, rose gold accents and white paint. It’s such a beautiful piece of furniture! I really enjoyed building this piece and I hope that you will too.
The dimensions of this bar cart are 38″ wide x 17-1/2″ deep and 36″ tall.
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Ok, let’s move on to what you’ll need to complete this build…
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QTY 2 – 2×2 x 96″ boards
QTY 2 – 1×4 x 96″ board
QTY 2 – 1×8 x 96″ board
QTY 3 – 1/2″ x 48″ dowel
QTY 72 –1 – 1/4″ Pocket screws
QTY 12 – 2″ Brad nails
QTY 2 – casters
Spray Paint – flat black Primer
Spray Paint copper rose
Sand paper (120 grit and 220 grit)
How I finished my DIY bar cart
Step 1 – Prep for paint
Before I applied any finishes I first filled the exposed pocket holes and brad nail holes with wood filler. Then I sanded the entire cart using 120 grit and then 220 grit sandpaper. I didn’t bother filling the pocket holes on the bottom of the shelves because I was going to tile over them.
Step 2 – Install the tile
Next, I installed a beautiful marble tile on the bottom of the shelves. The tile was actually left over scraps from my laundry room remodel so it didn’t cost me any extra money! I linked the specific tools and materials that I used to lay the tile and grout in the materials section at the beginning of this post.
Step 3 – Paint the legs , handles and shelves
After the tile was installed, I used painters tape and construction paper to cover it so that it wouldn’t be damaged when I painted the cart. Then I applied a few coats of white paint on everything but the dowels. I had some extra semi gloss white paint laying around so I used that for this project. It was the Behr paint and primer in one.
Step 4 – Spray paint the dowels
Since I sprayed the dowels, I first had to cover the white painted parts and the tile. It looks crazy but it was actually much easier to tape off than I expected. You’ll need some patience for sure but it’s worth it in the end. I used painters tape and cut up a garbage bag for this step.
I also taped off the wheels on the casters so that I could spray them the same color as the dowels. First, I drilled two holes into a scrap board and then I inserted the casters into the board to hold them in place. This made spraying the wheels much easier because I could spray all sides at one time.
A great tip when using metallic spray pains is to first prime using a flat black primer. Trust me on this, you’ll need way less of the metallic paint if you prime first.
The final color that I chose was copper rose by Rustoleum because I wanted a rose gold look. It looks so pretty with the marble tile.
Finished Bar Cart Photos
Ok, now for the finished bar cart photos! I added a hanging wine glass holder to hold my wine and martini glasses. It was such a great find because it matched the copper rose spray paint perfectly and provided storage for my glasses.
Here are a few pictures of the diy bar cart all stocked up! If you’re interested in any of the accessories that I have added links below:
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What do you think of this bar cart? I love it so much. It’s definitely the prettiest piece of furniture that I’ve ever built.