Tuesday, March 6, 2012

BAR CARTS AND STANDS

One thing we've always wanted to have is one of those really cool open bar type carts.  A place to put the liquor bottles, the bar accessories, glasses, etc.  So I've been looking online and found these random pics.  They seem to be a "hot decorating trend" at the moment so I figured I'd do some checking.  This past weekend, we found a table with three shelves that we want to turn into a bar.




I've mentioned before that our space at the farm is limited.  At less than 1000 square feet, we sometimes need to come up with some other way of doing the things we want to do.  One thing we'll need is a place to keep bar glassware and all the accessories.  No space in the kitchen, no empty cabinets or shelves in the mudroom, not a lot of room for a big piece of furniture.  So we're going to repurpose another piece we found and make it into something like one of these.



The one we found doesn't have wheels, but we don't necessarily need it to roll around (and on the uneven floors in the house, that might not work anyway, ha).  Still, a nice place to keep everything centrally located would be great so we are going to use an empty corner in the dining room that currently has nothing there.  We originally thought of putting a bigger cabinet of some sort in that spot, but decided that it would be the perfect location for one of these.

They can be elegant or formal or casual or contemporary, as you can see in all of these photos.  The one we found (picture coming soon) is wood, that matches our dining table in color, and has wicker shelves on the two lower sections.  I noticed that the ones with wheels, such as this one, have rails built around each shelf, presumably to keep stuff from falling out while it's being moved.  We figure putting it in one place in a main location in the house would be safe and we wouldn't have to worry about glasses "falling out" since we won't be moving it around.






As you can see in this one, they can be about more than just liquor at a party.  Perhaps some sparkling wine?  Fresh fruit?  magazines or books?  Maybe even a cheese tray?  Whatever you might need it for, a stand or cart can be used in many different ways.







This one is repurposed from an old industrial tool cart (would love to have something like this but alas, space is limited).  I was thinking we could even change out some of the items and make it a coffee bar, or a tea bar, water, etc, depending on what is going on at the farm at that time.

I'll see what we can come up when we get the piece.  It's originally supposed to be an end table, but stay tuned and let's see if we can turn it into something fun and interesting like one of these...

UPDATE 2013:  Click HERE to see what we finally came up with!

12 comments:

Robin said...

I hope it's big enough!! We would need a big one around here :)

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

Love it! I always wanted one but to use for tea, pastries and fruit. Can't wait to see it!

Frugal Living UK said...

I can see my grandmother now, pushing along her squeaky trolly laden with cakes and sandwiches. The photos just reminded me!

John Gray said...

That first one is more camp than christmas

1st Man said...

Ha, that's funny, we actually thought the same thing. I think we'll have to be selective in our choices, ha.

1st Man said...

That's a great idea about the pastries too. Yeah, we have a stand, just need to figure out what to fit on it.

1st Man said...

A happy memory is a good memory. I'm glad you mentioned the cakes and sandwiches though, otherwise I would have had a vision of a sweet little old lady with her Tequila, Bourbon and Jack Daniels! LOL!

1st Man said...

Ha, too funny! I didn't pay close attention, but yeah, you're right!

Thomas said...

I wish I drank more because I lOVE bar carts. haha. Personally, I'm a big fan of the last one.

1st Man said...

Ha, I hear ya. We're more "wine centric" but we have friends that...well let's leave it at that, LOL. Yes I love the last one best as well. Alas we don't have the space for anything remotely that big, so ours is wood and round. It fits the room, but it's not as recycled as the last one, ha.

1st Man said...

Somebody asked recently why we post things like this if it's not for sale. It's simple, it's because we're a blog and not a retail store. The purpose is to find ideas online, share them, and then hopefully figure out a way to duplicate it at a more affordable price. For those who wondered what we came up with, be sure and click the link in the post above that shows how we were able to finally duplicate something like this. Hopefully that will inspire someone to do something similar. Thanks for asking!!

Janie V said...

I see people ask that on other blogs, and that's just it. It's a blog, it's not an online catalog. Sometimes I don't think people understand when they happen upon a page that this is just someone's ideas and inspirations. What i like about your blog is that you often go back and show us how you did it. Keep it up! JV