I love bar carts. They make me feel very Mad Men-ish. When bar carts were first born, they were created for people who wanted to have “bars” at their house or office that were easily moveable or stored away when they didn’t need them. However, over the years, built-in bars and loads of cabinet space in today’s homes caused people to cast the bar cart aside.
Today, there’s a new bar cart revival.
Every major home retail store now has carts of varying styles – modern, glam, and vintage. The prices vary too for the new models, ranging everywhere from $50-$200+. The beautiful one featured at the beginning of this post is $515. NOT in my price range, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have one – you agree? Because of their new-found popularity, they are popping up in flea markets and second-hand stores all over. Last month, Jill and I bought one for less than $50 at a flea market that we’re glamming up with a fresh coat of black paint on the aluminum shelves and gold on the legs. More to come on that in a future post.
Here are some popular modern uses for bar carts that will have you dusting yours off or finding one to personalize for your style:
1. Mini bar revitalized. Instead of hiding all your bar glassware behind closed doors, bring it out and put it on display. Set out some bar accessories, fill a glass jar with wine corks, and line up your favorite wine or liquor bottles for added fun. Here’s the one I have in my house.
2. Industrial bathroom storage. Colorful or crisp white towels are an inexpensive way to brighten a bathroom. Store them on a bar cart next to your bathtub along with candles and glass containers filled with toiletries. This one is from Restoration Hardware.
3. Mobile kitchen shelving. There’s something about having open shelving in your kitchen that just feels welcoming. Load a vintage bar cart up with large bowls and kitchen accessories for a moveable storage option that’s also stylish. LOVE the one below from the Decor8 blog.
Even if you’re not Don Draper and don’t need a cocktail at your fingertips for a 10 a.m. meeting, the bar carts of today have been re-invented and are a fun and practical addition to any room of your home.
Do you have a bar cart in your home?