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bar cart roundup

by Grace Bonney

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summer has finally arrived and the time for gatherings with friends is here! nothing beats lounging around with a good friends and a good drink, but not everyone has room for a full-fledged bar in their home. so, in the interest of facilitating summer drink get-togethers, i thought it would be fun to compile a roundup of 48 great bar cart options in the market. a small group of you have been demanding this roundup for the past few months so i’m happy to finally push this live today.

a quick note about barcarts- these days the particularly cool looking modern bar carts seem to cost an arm and a leg. so i’ve tried to include both the highs, lows and in-betweens in this guide (as well as a few small, stationery bars). that said, i’ve also included a special “fixer-upper” section of the roundup devoted to good, basic, affordable bar carts and trays that are just begging to be upgraded with a little DIY love. you know, a coat of paint, a piece of wallpaper on the shelves to dress it up. so, if cost is an issue (and these days, it’s pretty much an issue for most of us) be sure to scroll all the way down the guide to check out this special section. they may not look pretty on first glance, but they are perfect for customizing and making your own- without breaking the bank. need some inspiration? here are two great bar cart makeovers from d*s readers right here and here.

[TOP image above, clockwise from top left: luxembourg trolley in apple green $487.50, circa bar cart $1309, cetra trolley $639.54 (so cute), cosmopolitan bar cart $125, panton bar boy $3210 (my fav), vintage ‘jamaica’ rolling cart $4500, colorful acrylic bar carts $1100 each, gastone folding trolley $766.70]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: vintage paul mccobb bar cart $3800, polished nickel bar cart $999.91, vintage faux bamboo bar $5500, formosa tray table $49.95 (great for small spaces and small parties)]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: duncan bar cart $700, butler tray and stand $139+ (great for small spaces), gable bar cart $299.49]

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[image above, left to right: sydney bar $399.99 (safe for the outdoors), three tiered serving cart $95.79]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: capri bar cart $639 (safe for the outdoors), modern serving cart $64.90 (i’d paint this sucker a bold glossy color, with a lacquer-like finish), bordeaux bar cart $119.95]

CLICK HERE for the rest of the bar cart guide after the jump (including the budget-friendly fixer-upper selections)

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[image above, left to right: acacia mini bar $399, wine bar $499]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: flytta kitchen cart $129 (you could add a basket in the bottom to give a bit more character), minibar $319.99, vintage italian bar cart $2400, chantry bar cart by martha stewart for bernhardt (call for pricing and local availability), butcher block wine cart $199.99]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: ghibli trolley $545, neu home round serving cart $64.99, cetra trolley $640]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: sloane leaning wine bar $299, B52 cart $1225, aria trolley $55.20, madaga wicker bar $349.99 (you could place a piece of wallpaper or patterned fabric under the glass top for more detail), espresso wine cart $159.99, essex bar cabinet $499, cucina d’vino cart $850]

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[image above, clockwise from top left: happy hour bar cart $1122, newport kitchen cart $129.99 (i’d swap the hardware for something like this), black rolling cart $159.98, mendoza wine cart $175, ]

FIXER UPPERS: THE CARTS BELOW ARE AFFORDABLE BASICS THAT COULD BE PERFECT IF YOU IMAGINED THEM WITH A NEW COAT OF PAINT, SOME DECORATIVE PAPER, A FAUX-FINISH AND EVEN SOME NEW HARDWARE.

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[image above, clockwise from top left: light oak wine cart $79.99 (i’d paint this white with a cool black and white or brass drawer pull), forhoja at ikea $99.99 (this guy’s big, but perfect for a longer kitchen with a bit more space. the diy possibilities are endless), espresso bar cart $190 (a little pricey for diy, but could look super chic with a glossy red coat of paint), 2-tier wine table $59.99 (this one gives me the creeps as is, but i think it would be super chic in a dark navy blue finish or with a simple coat of crisp white paint), 4 shelf cart with towel rack (don’t be afraid to try carts made for the bathroom- they’re great for small spaces! you could even add decorative decals on the glass)]

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[image above, left to right: vineyard wine table with glass top $120.88 (imagine this painted a crisp apple green perhaps?), traditional cherry serving cart $40.57 (i’d love to strip this and paint it a sunshine yellow or a crisp white)]

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