Beautiful Upcycled Bar Cart

Beautiful Upcycled Bar Cart
Beautiful Upcycled Bar Cart
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Want a handy rolling bar cart for serving drinks to party guests? Follow this upcycling project tutorial to build a Beautiful Upcycled Bar Cart. This DIY bar cart is perfect for storing drinks and snacks for easy access. The copper accents on the cart add a fun pop of color that makes this DIY rolling cart stand out. Even though this cart doesn’t take up that much room, the surprising amount of things it can hold makes it ideal if you don’t have have much space. Since this is a DIY upcycling project, this cart is also more affordable than most commercial rolling carts!    


Primary TechniqueDIY Craft


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • 6-cubby storage unit 
  • 9' red oak board
  • 12' copper piping
  • wood saw and hacksaw
  • patterned copper-colored aluminum sheets
  • sailing cleats
  • copper spray paint
  • 4 casters
  • power drill 
  • nails
  • screws
  • marbled contact paper
  • adhesive
  • The Original Orange-handled Scissors (8")
  • IsoCore™ 20 oz General Use Hammer (15.5")


  1. A 6-cubby storage unit makes the perfect base for this rolling bar cart. Start by assembling the storage unit (if new), using the IsoCore™ General Use Hammer. Alternatively, remove the back panel if you are upcycling an existing unit. The hammer's rip claw will pull nails quickly and easily if you are removing the back panels from an old unit.

  2. Give the simple storage unit an upscale finish with an attractive, copper back panel. Align the patterned copper sheets at the back of the unit and hammer in place using nails.

  3. To prevent your glasses and bottles from falling from your rolling bar cart, add rails along the front of the cubbies. Drill holes through the front of the unit using a drill bit that is slightly wider in diameter than your copper pipe. Pass the pipe through the holes and cut to size with a hacksaw or a saw that is suitable for cutting metal.

  4. Measure the width of the assembled unit and cut two red oak boards the same width but slightly longer than the storage unit. Adding extra length to the boards will give you a useful space to store wine or other taller bottles at the bottom of the cart. The top board should be the same length as the bottom board, so it will hang over the cubby on each end. Screw these boards to the top and bottom of the unit.

  5. Measure and mark where the casters will sit on the bottom of the red oak board base, and attach to all four corners using screws.

  6. Spray two sailing cleats with a metallic copper paint and screw to the underside of each end of the top piece of wood. They will act as handles and also somewhere to hang your tea towel.

  7. Finish your rolling bar cart with flair by cutting pieces of marble-effect contact paper to size using Orange-handled Scissors. Adhere the contact paper to the shelves and you have an fun DIY rolling bar cart that is perfect for entertaining.

  8.  Stock the shelves with your favorite bar essentials and enjoy!

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I love the copper details on this project! I think this would fit in nicely to my apartment's decor.

I like the style of this cart. I admit that I love to upcycle small furniture items for different uses and adding casters onto bookcases or tables is one of my favorite things to do. I think the copper colored accents added to this bookcase make it look very pretty and give it a modern flair. Great idea and a very good tutorial on how to make it happen!

Such a practical idea! Very good instructions and the lay out of shelves and cubbies really will hold a lot of supplies - I could see other applications for this cute cart - school or art supplies, sewing, craft, knitting or tools - and then roll easily into your work area, stash away when not needed! Entertaining or crafting made easy! Thanks for a great project!

This looks so cute! And it would be great for when I'm entertaining, too. I can't wait to try this.


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