We’re a big fan of DIY projects. Whether you’re making something old new again, or making someone else’s old your new!
My daughter is a huge coffee fanatic. While perusing Pinterest, she stumbled upon ‘coffee carts’ or ‘coffee bars’ – coffee + bar? Sign us up! We knew putting together the coffee bar would be the easy part, but actually finding the right ‘cart’ was key. We had every intention of going yard saling, hitting up department stores, but before we could do any of these, she inherited an old wine cart. It truly was everything she was looking for; small enough to fit in her apartment, basic enough to make her own, and table height.
Step 1: Painting
The colour of the bar cart was a nice dark espresso (fitting for a coffee bar!) but it didn’t match the kitchen. She has a wine bar and dining room table that are a flat black colour (our previous DIY post can be found here), so we wanted the follow of the décor. Similar to our previous projects, we took apart the cart and sanded the entire cart. After sanding, we prepped our paint. Since the top of the cart is mirrored, we used painters tape to ensure we didn’t get any paint on it. The entire paint job takes a few hours (factoring in the drying time). It’s recommended you leave it over night, we only used one coat.
Step 2: Design
After the paint dries, make sure you put everything back together securely. You’ll be placing fairly heavy items on the cart, so you want to make sure everything is stable. Now the fun part begins! We wanted everything to match not only with the kitchen, but we wanted to incorporate a fun, Kate Spade theme (very similar to the rest of her apartment!)
After an extensive search for matching mugs, it turns out she already had matching white and gold polka dots (very Kate Spadeish too!) The mugs are from HomeSense, they also came with a matching pink tea pot. We opted for four mugs, because they coupled well on the mirror top. I think the mugs act as a focus point for the bar!
We also had old mason jars laying around, so we used those for coffee and sugar. I had left over chalkboard stickers, so we placed those on the front and used chalk to label them.
Eventually, she would like to have an actual espresso machine, but a Keurig will have to do for now! Given the space, it actually works well on top. Anything bigger wouldn’t exactly work.
On the bottom, we placed the tea pot, tea bags and tea cups. To finish it off, we hung an old chalkboard with some fantastic graphics!
It’s a great space for entertaining. We placed her wine cart directly adjacent to the coffee cart, and it adds a lot to the kitchen / dining area!