Linda
Linda
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Bar Cart DIY Using a Dresser Drawer

11 Materials
$59
3 Hours
Medium

Here is a simple DIY on how to build an adorable bar cart from a dresser drawer .

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

After finding this cute little drawer at a thrift store and needing a little beverage cart in my home I decided to create something cute for beverages.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Before you begin your project draw your dimensions so you know how long to cut your legs etc.


My bar cart is going in the room where my hutch sits. So I wanted to make sure it was a little lower than my hutch. I measured the height of my hutch and then determined the height of the bar cart based off of that.


Here is my post if you want to see what it looks like.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

These are the supplies you will need including a hammer, and tsp cleaner.



  1. Drawer
  2. deck spindles
  3. 1/2” plywood
  4. 4 casters
  5. tsp
  6. drill with drill bits and screw driver attachments
  7. nail gun and nails
  8. paint
  9. primer
  10. paintbrush
  11. sandpaper
  12. drop cloth
bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Cut your spindles to the specifications on your drawing. These are the spindles between the drawer and shelf and cut the feet too.

Use the end pieces of the spindles for the feet.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Next use the nail gun to attach the spindles on to the bottom of the drawer. I nailed inside the drawer through to the spindle.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Cut the shelf the same dimensions as the drawer. I used a piece of wood from my .


Measure the distance from the outside of the drawer to the legs and then make that same distance on the shelf.


Sit the drawer upside down so the legs are up and sit the shelf on the legs making sure it lines up with the marks or you can measure it.


Nail through the shelf into the spindles to secure them.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Mark the shelf again and sit the feet on the marks and nail them in at a diagonal.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

This is what the feet look like after you nail them in at an angle.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Drill holes into the bottom of the feet and place the casters into the feet.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Here is how the caster look.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Turn the bar cart over and clean any finished wood like the drawer with tsp. TSP is great at getting grim and wax off. Then sand it as needed for paint.


Prime the bar cart.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Paint the piece of furniture two coats if using a light color.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Last add the hardware back if you choose to keep the hardware.

bar cart diy using a dresser drawer

Last add some glasses, your favorite beverage and snacks. Now you have a cute serving piece in your home.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 14 questions
  • Red
    on Aug 23, 2019

    Like your enginuity very much! Sorry about this but im uninformed, what is TSP? The things i know these letters stand for dont apply here....thanks!

  • Debbie
    on Aug 23, 2019

    What kind of paint was used

  • Shawnda A. Pauig
    8 days ago

    How did you finish the inside of the drawer? Just painted it too?

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