DIY Gold Rolling Bar Cart

I have fallen in love with the look of gold rolling bar carts but not the price. One of my favorite furniture companies to stalk on Instagram sells their infamous bar carts for $700! Don’t get me wrong. I think these specific bar carts are beautiful and the quality is worth your dollars, however, I personally don’t have the money to shell out $700 for a bar cart at the moment.

If you know me, you know lack of funds has never stopped me from owning the pieces I want. In today’s Do-It-Yourself post, I’ll show you how to make your own rolling bar cart for a fraction of the price. [Instagram widget above displays the hashtag #GoldBarCart and may or may not contain an image from the company I’m alluding to]. This is also a great way to upcycle an old piece and give it new life!

What you’ll need:
Rolling Cart (new or salvaged)
 Cleaning agents (Clorox Bleach, rust remover and/or coca-cola)
Towel for drying
Painting tarps or anything large enough to paint over
2 cans of Gold Metallic Paint

The first thing you’ll want to do is find an inexpensive rolling cart. You can find really inexpensive ones at thrift shops, craigslist or local furniture stores. You can even find some inexpensive new carts at Ikea, Overstock and other online retailers [check out my shopping picks at the bottom of the post]. My husband has owned the cart above for years and it’s not my favorite thing to look. You can see why from my before pictures.

If you’ve found an old cart, you’ll want to clean it. I think anything with bleach is a miracle worker and/or products meant to rid rust (if you’ve found an old one).

Although I don’t drink sugary soft drinks, I do use them to clean sometimes. Have you ever watched videos of Coca-Cola eating through rust on old cars or tools? Since you may not have rust-removing cleaning agents in your home, feel free to use one of these sodas to do the job.


Once clean and dry, begin to paint the cart using your metallic gold spray paint of choice. I’m using Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic spray paint in gold. I used up two cans but get the amount you’ll need depending on the size of your cart.

Make sure you move around and spray from every angle. There will be times when the silver is simply reflecting the gold and you’ll think you’ve already painted parts you haven’t. Spraying from several angles will ensure you paint every inch.

Let the cart sit out for a about an hour or so until it’s completely dry.

Carefully roll the cart back into your home and begin placing your bar items back onto the cart.

I’ve collected a few gold bar accessories in the past few months. Here you’ll notice a few pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection.

This large Lilly Pulitzer gold toned candle holder is a perfect container to house my bar pieces from the collection. You’ll see I have the cork screw and wine toppers, the cocktail sticks and the bottle opener.

I am obsessed with my “life is sweet” glass water bottle from Kikki K. I love the gold foil lettering on the glass and it also has an adorable gold bee on the bottom of the glass cup (you can see it better on my Infused Water Fit Friday post.). It’s sitting over gold coasters from Pier 1 Imports.

I stocked the bar with some of my favorite spirits, including a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, prosecco, rosé, vinho verde and more.

My bottom tier has another large Lilly Pulitzer for Target candle holder and some vintage pieces (like my ice crusher from the 1950s)!

The last step is always to sit back and enjoy the one-of-a-kind piece you created with your own hands and for just a few dollars. Now, let’s toast to that! Cheers!


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Here are some carts you can DIY yourself and some gold rolling carts already made for you that won’t break the bank. I’m also including some gold barware I’m totally obsessing over.
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