I was really rather surprised to see this fairly nice quality bar cart at a garage sale with a price tag of only $5.
The frame was in excellent condition, even the leather wrapped handle looked practically new.
However, the wood had some fairly significant damage.
Were they using it as a plant stand? or were they just sloppy drinkers?
Either way, it was a simple matter to flip the bar cart over and remove all of the screws that were holding the two wood shelves in place. Well, fairly simple anyway, there were 32 screws!
I briefly considered painting the wood, but I thought that this was one of those times where stained wood would appeal to potential buyers more than painted wood. Plus, I knew it would be quick and easy to refinish two flat, featureless pieces of wood.
So once I had the wood out of the frame, rather than using a chemical stripper, I simply sanded it down to bare wood with my orbital sander. Next I got out my Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Special Walnut and wiped on two coats using an old t-shirt (allowing for drying time in between coats).
I gave the Special Walnut a full 24 hours to dry before adding two coats of Dixie Belle’s Flat clear coat over it.
I went with the clear coat rather than my usual clear wax just in case the next owners of this bar cart are sloppy drinkers too. It will provide a bit more protection against spills.
After letting the clear coat cure for a couple of days, I re-assembled the bar cart and it was done.
I guess it says something about our drinking habits that the only liquor we had on hand for staging my photos was a bottle of Cointreau.
Well, we also had some Bailey’s, but we didn’t have any of the hard stuff. What can I say, we’re not big drinkers at our house. Just the occasional margarita or a little Bailey’s in our coffee.
I did a little google research and discovered that this bar cart is available new at Target for $150. But even with my makeover, I’m letting this one go for half that price at $75.
So if you’re local and in need of a bar cart, either leave me a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org