Every time I walk in Target I get all googly eyed over the metallic bar carts. I stand and stare at them, and when I get close to putting one in my cart I end up talking my self out of it. You see I already have a vintage metal bar cart I purchased for our Murder Mystery Dinner Party and I have another wood and metal cart in my kitchen, I don’t REALLY need a new metallic bar cart, and especially not at such a steep price. When my friends at DecoArt asked me to create a project using the new Americana Decor Metallics, that are now available in Michaels Stores inspiration hit. I could create my own DIY Metallic Bar Cart!
Since my vintage metal bar cart really wasn’t being used I decided to give it a makeover and liven it up a bit. This beauty can serve as a beverage station or an accent table. I think it will be perfect for entertaining during the upcoming holiday season. This kind of project is one of my favorite kinds. I love being able to see the transformation of something that wasn’t getting much use to a beautiful statement that has a place in our home.
What you will need:
- Vintage Metal Bar Cart
- Americana Decor Metallics
- Cricut Stencil Vinyl (You could also use a DecoArt Stencil)
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Paint Brushes
- Matte Americana Spray Sealer
Confession, I did this project late at night after my first idea was a big craft fail. Don’t you hate it when that happens! This project was super simple with just a few steps, but it’s important to note that you will need to make sure you let each layer of paint dry thoroughly before painting the next coat. So, my suggestion is don’t start this project at 11 pm when you need to be up early the next morning. 😉
Step 1: Disassemble the bar cart so that you can prime each piece. I had previously sanded off any rust prior to painting it the first time so I didn’t need to do that this time around. But, if you just picked yours up at a flea market you will want to make sure and remove any rust that might be on the cart before painting.
Step 2: Once each of the pieces is primed and the paint has dried, it’s time to start giving it that glorious gold makeover. I wanted the top and bottoms shelves to remain white with a gold painted pattern, and the middle shelf to be solid gold. I started with the solid gold shelf since I knew it would take the most time.
Step 3: I found a design I liked on Cricut Design Space and cut out a template with the Cricut Stencil Vinyl. I used transfer tape to carefully apply the stencil to the top tray.
Step 4: Next, I carefully begin to paint the stencil area with the metallic paint. Again, make sure you let each coat of paint completely dry before painting the next coat.
Step 5: While the paint was drying on the stencil, I painted additional coats of paint on the solid gold shelf.
Step 6: Repeat step 4 on the bottom shelf.
Step 7: Once the paint dried I carefully removed the vinyl stencil from the shelf to reveal my design.
Step 8: Finally, I reassembled the bar cart. I am going to set it up for holiday entertaining and style it for each season. Or I may even use it as a simple accent table in my living room.
I love the transformation of my DIY Metallic Bar Cart, from black and drab to gold and fab! What do you think?
I love the new Americana Decor Metallics paint from Michaels Stores and I am already dreaming up fun new projects I can create with it. What would you create? Head to your local Michaels to get the new metallic paint and find all kinds of inspiration for your next project!
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