Emily
Emily
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  • South Milwaukee, WI

Office Shelf to Bar Cart

10 Materials
$40
5 Hours
Medium

I got this cart from an office I worked in years ago. They were remodeling and employees got to take some of the old furniture for free. I haven't been using this for much because the back supports fell off and some screws had gone missing. But I saw potential!

office shelf to bar cart

This is where I began. The top and bottom pieces were a formica-type material with fake wood grain peel & stick cover. The fake wood grain started peeling away and it looked like a mess. So I knew I has to start by covering both shelves.

office shelf to bar cart

I bought a piece of plywood and cut a section to fit the top and bottom shelves. I gave each piece a quick sanding and then I used Minwax Ebony stain.

office shelf to bar cart

I wanted to have the wood look with a shiny, protective surface so I gave each shelf two layers of epoxy (Famowood Glaze Coat Clear Epoxy Kit). This is the first time I used epoxy coating and it shows. I thought I was very careful spreading it around evenly, but there are some spots where you can see it's uneven. For the most part, it isn't noticeable unless it hits the right light, but I wasn't happy about it. I'm going to keep practicing with epoxy until I master a technique!

office shelf to bar cart

I forgot to take pictures of this step, but I bought metal corner molding and furniture corner protectors to go around the edges of the top shelf. I used a miter saw to cut the metal molding to fit, and then I painted all of the pieces gray, to match the metal legs of the cart.

office shelf to bar cart

I used Gorilla Glue construction adhesive to adhere plywood on top of the original shelves and then I put weight on the plywood until the glue was dry. I used the same glue to attach the metal trim.

office shelf to bar cart

I found a wine rack at Goodwill that was just the right size for the cart. It was originally brown, so I just painted it gray and it was the perfect fit!

Not pictured: I added four wheels on the bottom to make it a cart. I found a set of four wheels that included locks on two of them, so if you don't want it to roll, it can be locked in place.

office shelf to bar cart

I added to metal rods on the back, in an "x" shape to add support, along with extra screws. The original unit had similar support but it bent easily and fell off, so I wanted to ensure that it would remain sturdy.

office shelf to bar cart

Since the wine rack is not attached, it can easily be moved around or removed if it isn't needed.

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