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Shop the House: Bar Cart Style


Shop the House: Build a bar with accessories you already own - by The Learner ObserverHands up if you have seen a brass bar cart on a magazine, a blog or Pinterest in the last 3 months.

Ok… that’s literally everybody!

It seems the bar cart is the new chevron – it’s everywhere!  As much as I’d love me a piece of this brass and glass pie, I’m not keen on spending the money on these now expensive pieces, not to mention, I don’t need a new piece of furniture at the moment.  Then I thought… I have a lovely console table I can put a tray on for my own makeshift bar cart.

You may have noticed a sneak peek on Instagram:


Inatagram bar sneak peek - The Learner ObserverThe best part about putting this together is that I spent $0.

I knooooooooow!  I was amazed, too!

Here’s what I used:

  • 5 bottles of liquor we already had hiding in a cupboard (some kind of random stuff that we’ll need to change…)
  • leftover boxwood from the wreath I made last month
  • a thrifted container I already owned
  • some pretty straws that had also been hiding in a cupboard
  • two old mason jars
  • vintage fish crate I have owned for a few months

Shop the House: Build a bar with accessories you already own - by The Learner ObserverIt’s very likely I will change this up frequently.  Right now I love the rustic vintage vibe and the boxwood works well for the Winter.  In the Spring I’ll probably switch some things by using either colourful blooms or fruit and I may or may not switch out the mason jars for some tumblers.  


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love that this is one more of those function and beauty areas, like open shelving.  The bar makes things accessible when we have people over and makes them feel like they can help themselves.  It’s also an opportunity to show off some interesting bottles, use some fresh blooms and pretty glassware.  

Shop the House: Build a bar with accessories you already own - by The Learner ObserverI’m already looking forward to being able to play with how this little corner is decorated!

I’m also looking forward to showing you guys the whole living room soon!  We’re making changes that are finally feeling a little more permanent.  Finding your style and layout that works for you can take time!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAny ideas you’d like to share for little crate of mine?  I’m all ears!


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  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    “Finding your style and layout that works for you can take time!” I couldn’t agree more with this quote. I feel like it took Mark and me nearly 5 years of marriage to figure out our shared style…one we BOTH embrace fully, and I finally feel with our bedroom that we’re onto something! Cannot wait to see more of your living room and these permanent changes you speak of. If it’s anything like this $0 bar cart, I know it will be epic!

    January 30, 2014 at 11:38 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      YES! Alex and I are definitely still working on it – hence the green dresser dilemma! haha I CANNOT WAIT to see this bedroom! I have a feeling this will be a super incredible makeover and we’re going to be seeing it all over the internet! This living room… it’s been over a year in the making, but I feel like I finally “get it”. Now to do all of the work to make it look like it does in my head…

      January 31, 2014 at 7:16 am
  • Reply Christine

    luv and pinned!!!! Christine from Little Brags

    January 31, 2014 at 12:49 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Christine! You are awesome! :)

      February 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Bar carts are the new chevron LOL!! I love that you shopped the house on this. I’m still determined to come across the perfect cart that I can thrift, but I’m SO loving the idea of just using a tray! Yours turned out beautifully <3

    February 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      HAHA hopefully bar carts are here to stay! :) I, too, would love to find the perfect thrifted piece, but until then, this will do juuuust fine :)

      February 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    I really like your idea to use the fish crate. I fortunately have a vintage brass and glass beauty that i inherited from my grandmother. It was always called a tea cart, though, not a bar cart. I wonder if there’s a difference?

    February 1, 2014 at 8:20 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh my goodness, Julia that sounds amazing!!!! Either as a tea cart or bar cart… I’m sure it’s beautiful!!!

      February 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply April @ Money Pit Love

    So pretty! Love that tray.

    February 4, 2014 at 9:39 am
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