DIY bar cart from bookcase section

We’ve had a few successes with repurposing projects – cast-off items we purchased and then transformed into something different and useful. (Remember our Beachy Federalist coat rack?) By far our mutual favorite is what we simply call our DIY bar cart, which started life as one section of a barrister bookcase.

DIY bar cart from bookcase | Vintage Floral Cottage
We found the section at Goodwill – normally it would sit horizontally and be stacked on top of other identical sections – and quickly re-envisioned it as a bar cart. So we got to work designing, and came up with the general idea that it would sit vertically, with a hinged shelf that would pop up, and shelving inside for bar supplies, glassware, and liquor bottles.

Engineering these elements was interesting… Greg handled the problem-solving in this phase, based on my design.

DIY bar cart from bookcase | Vintage Floral Cottage

DIY bar cart from bookcase | Vintage Floral Cottage

DIY bar cart from bookcase | Vintage Floral Cottage

We also opted for caster wheels on the bottom, and envisioned a sort of industrial color scheme with a light green painted base and a faux copper spray-painted top.

DIY bar cart from bookcase | Vintage Floral Cottage

DIY bar cart from bookcase | Vintage Floral Cottage

We put the finished cabinet in one of our antique booths, and to our delight it sold within a week. After this project, we’re pretty well convinced that most any cabinet could be repurposed into a home bar!

Update: I’m sharing this project at Donna’s DIY Salvaged Junk Projects link party! Click through for great inspiration!

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