Hey there! I am so excited to share this goodie with you guys today! We have had some serious love for a Bar Cart at Crate and Barrel but of course the $800 price tag was just too pricey for my wallet so, I designed my own knock-off DIY Bar Cart for about $150 including the hardware!!
I also had fun with another spin on this! Who wouldn’t love to serve coffee and hot chocolate to your guests on this cutie!
This DIY Bar Cart is super easy to build…. I mean EASY! Here’s how I did it 🙂
Let’s start with a shopping list:
3 – 1×2’s @ 8ft.
1 – 1×2 @ 10 ft.
4 – 1×3 @ 8 ft.
1 – 1×4 @ 6 ft.
1 – 4’x8′ sheet of 3/4″ Purebond Plywood (I picked birch because it’s the cheapest) *Have your hardware store rip this (long ways) at 21 1/2″ and you can make the cross cuts at home. Or, you can have them make all of the cuts – 3 pieces at 21 1/2″ x 34″!
4 – 2 1/2″ locking casters
2 – pulls
Now, let’s build!!
***Remember, not all boards are created equal. The measurements I am sharing are the measurements I used. We always suggest cutting and measuring as you build so that you get a perfect fit!***
We are going to start by building the frames for the cart. First, cut 4 – 1×2’s at 33″ and 6 – 1×2’s at 26 1/4″
You can see where I drilled my 3/4″ pocket holes with my Kreg Jig and I attached three short boards between two long boards. I attached one board flush with the top of the two boards and 1 board flush with the bottom of the two boards. The one in the middle, I attached at 15 3/4″ from the top of the long boards. I attached with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.
Now for the rails (the boards that will support the trays)!
Cut 4 – 1×2’s at 23″ and drill 1 3/4″ pocket hole at both ends of each board.
Now, attach these boards with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. You can see that I attached them right below where the boards were attached on the frames. Just do this at the top and middle of the frames. (I attached these with the pocket holes facing down so that they will be hidden).
Here is why we left the rails off the bottom of the cart.
That’s it for the cart! Let’s build the trays 🙂
Attach 2 short boards between 2 long boards to form 3 frames for each tray. Use 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Here is a great spot to stop and make sure these frames fit in your cart. It’s easier to make adjustments at this point than it will be once the bottoms are in.
Now, measure the space between each tray frame to make sure that your bottoms will fit.
I decided to go with an old favorite, Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Stain for this baby! I just wiped one coat on with a foam brush, waited 5 minutes and followed up by wiping the stain with a clean cloth. Don’t wipe the stain away, just use the cloth to blend it!
Once the stain was good and dry, I used a bristle brush to apply two coats of Rust-Oleum Polyurethane in Matte finish. This cart is going to be around liquids so this is a MUST to protect our beautiful finish 🙂
We want this to be able to move around the house with us while we are entertaining so…
Now a little more FUN!
It’s super easy to install! I just attached mine under the top tray. I marked off the middle point of the tray and set it back behind the 1×3 frame.
For the beverage cart, I installed cup hooks for coffee mugs!
and just placed about 8 under the first tray. You could just install the stemware rack on one side of the tray and the cup hooks on the other side so that it is an easy switch! I will probably go back and do that later 😉
That’s it! Now it’s time for some serious entertaining 🙂
I hope you love my DIY Bar Cart as much as I do!
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