Rattan Bar Cart DIY

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Get a chic bar cart with this DIY for under $40!
Finding the perfect bar cart for your decor style and budget can be a bit of a challenge. I’ve long loved the look of Society Social’s rattan bar carts, but I just can’t justify their hefty price tag at $700 when S. and I have so many renovation projects on our list. Whenever I go antiquing or thrifting I keep an eye out for a vintage bar cart I could transform.
Finally, the other week I got lucky! Tucked away in the back of a consignment shop loaded down with books and other bric-a-brac was this simple rattan bar cart. I sauntered up to it trying to appear casual and not wanting to alert anyone else to this vintage gem. I was nervous to look at the price tag, praying it would be affordable. I flipped the tag over and my heart did a little flip for joy. YES! It was only $30!
With a little sanding and some spray paint I turned this rattan cart into a chic bar cart perfect for entertaining!

Step 1: Lightly sand down the rattan then wipe off dust.

Step 2: Cover wheels with painter’s tape to protect from spray paint.
Step 3: Shake spray paint can vigorously and begin to spray rattan. Continuously move spray over surface in broad strokes to avoid excess paint and drips.

Step 4: Allow first coat to dry for about 30-45 mins. Then turn cart upside down and paint any missed spots.
Step 5: Apply second coat of spray paint, turning cart as needed. Expect to use 1 can and 3/4 of second can. Allow to dry 1-2 hours before moving inside.
See more photos of how I styled my bar cart over on penderandpeony.com!
Suggested materials:
  • RUST-OLEUM 2 x Ultra Cover in Gloss Navy
  • Sanding Block
  • Painter's Tape
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