I have a mild obsession with brass vintage bar carts. Odd, I know, because I don’t drink. But they are so lovely and have so many different uses. Boy, are they pricy though. A nice one can run anywhere from $500-$3,000. Seriously.
I spotted this one on Craigslist recently and just couldn’t pass it up. The faux bamboo detailing was so so good.
It was listed for $35. What. I snagged it for $30. A bargain for sure, but it was far from in perfect condition.
The brass was old and rubbed off in spots. I can’t find the photo I took of the original shelves, but they were cheap plexiglass. The wheels were broken off. It needed a lot of love. But I couldn’t get images like these out of my head. I knew it had so much potential.
I mean, mine was a dead ringer, right? The first order of business was the shelves. I took the cart directly to a glass shop and had custom glass shelves made, then tossed the plexiglass. It was $35 and so worth it.
Next, I cleaned the brass really well using vinegar and a soft cloth. The vinegar cleaned off any dirt and mineral deposits on the brass.
When it was all clean, I spray painted two coats of Design Master Gold Medal. I hadn’t planned on painting it originally, but the brass color was so uneven. The new paint was beautiful, not too shiny, and even. It was so beautiful!
I purchased new cart wheels at Home Depot for about $10. It’s like it’s brand new! Not bad for around $75 total, eh?
What has surprised me the most is how much we use it. It’s so perfect for parties (we used it for Ruby’s birthday party), for evening dinners or guests, and I think it’s perfect for the kitchen to house pretty dishes and fresh flowers. And how cute would it be in a theatre room or even a master bedroom as a min-beverage station? Possibilities are endless, I tell ya.
Score anything great on Craigslist lately?