8 Clever Ways to DIY a Bar Cart

Serving soiree-ready style straight up.

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Every hostess-with-the-mostess and beverage connoisseur needs a bar cart. Beyond simply stashing your mixology essentials, a libation station can serve up major style—not to mention it’s a total space-saver.

Upgrading an inexpensive item or upcycling a thrift store find into a party-ready accent just requires the right tutorial. Scroll on for creative do-it-yourself ideas to whip up a display-worthy bar cart that will be perfect for mixing up craft cocktails and, of course, impressing guests at your next gathering.

Neon Bar Cart

Jazzing up an inexpensive vegetable trolley is as simple as a few coats of yellow spray paint and neon pink placemats (in place of shelves).

Get the how-to on Bespoke Bride.

Vintage Typewriter Cart

Antiques are awesome, especially when you think outside their original purpose. This old-school typewriter cart-turned-makeshift bar is a prime example. Add in a set of chic coasters or a decorative vase to complete the look.

Get the how-to on Poppytalk.

Gradient Bar Cart

This gradient bar cart—inspired by colorful mimosa popsicles—is an instant enlivener. We particularly love it paired with vibrant accoutrements, like neon prints, patterned pillows, and a pink shag rug.

Get the how-to on A Kailo Chic Life.


Ombre Bar Cart

Don’t discount the power of a pop of color! Once a sad ’70s TV stand, this aqua-and-white ombre cart now shines in all its modern, multifunctional glory. Use it to serve breakfast, display plants, or as an at-home office station.

Get the how-to on Paper & Stitch.


Maryd Mini Bar

Lacking the square footage for a permanent bar? This genius Ikea hack transforms a tray table into an ultra-chic mini bar. When not in use, fold it up and tuck it away.

Get the how-to on Dainty Dress Diaries.

Suitcase Bar Cart

Just because a suitcase is no longer travel-ready doesn’t mean you should toss it. Every jetsetter needs a bar cart to fill with booze collected from travels around the globe—and this refurbished carry-on is just that.

Get the how-to on The Desi Wonder Woman.


Mini Credenza Bar Cart

If you have the space for a permanent piece, this mini credenza home bar oozes vintage charm—courtesy of horizontal stripes, mid-century furniture legs, and decorative knobs scored. Plus, it’s great for storing gadgets, wine glasses, and extra bottles.

Get the how-to on Love & Renovations.


Record Rack Bar Cart

This record rack slash beverage station combines two soiree essentials—booze and tunes. All that’s left to do is invite your guests.

Get the how-to on Fish & Bull.