Design and DIY

Marble-lous DIY Bar Cart!

August 17, 2017

Get the Look:

It seems like everyone and their mom’s brother’s aunt’s girlfriend’s dog twice removed has the standard gold and wood grain Target bar cart. It now comes in a variety of styles and colors, all much more attractive than the one that I have. I purchased mine four years ago when Brian and I lived in a 600-square foot apartment and couldn’t afford to even drink alcohol. (Not a wise investment on my part.) But dangit, I wanted to be hip and stylish and bar carts were (and still are) all the rage!

Over the years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with said bar cart. Let’s call him Harrelson… cause Woody feels inappropriate. Get it? Woody Harrelson! (He’s fantastic in Friends with Benefits by the way. Highly recommended movie.) But back to the point, Harrelson was much like an 18-year-old straight out of college. He didn’t know what he wanted to be. Sometimes he was a plant cart. Sometimes he was a bar cart. Sometimes he was just plain empty and ready to be listed on Craigslist. However, something in my gut just wouldn’t let me sell him. And thank goodness! Flash forward to present day when Jessica Brigham inspired me to start collecting thrifted decanters. Those babies needed a home and Harrelson was the perfect man.. er, I mean bar cart for the job!

The only problem was that he was looking pretty drab. He had been sitting in the corner of my dining room, collecting dust and holding a bottle of Midori dating back to 2013. So I decided it was time to give Harrelson a face lift. Enter stage left: white marble contact paper from Amazon. At $13.77 a roll with 2-day prime shipping, I felt like I had just stolen the Mona Lisa! So obviously I had to share this ridiculously, life-changing, steal of a deal with you. Here’s how to turn your bar cart from drab to fab for less than $20 in less than twenty minutes:

Four Steps to Success!


And that’s it! An under twenty minute DIY project that I KNOW you can do without batting an eyelash. Now add some fun decorations, load on the booze, call up your friends, and have yourselves a Saturday night in! I promise that your Harrelson (or whatever you decide to name him) will be the talk of the party. Just make sure my invite doesn’t get lost in the mail!


But Wait! There’s More…

Is white marble not your thing? Well you’re in luck because I’ve sourced five other affordable contact paper patterns from Amazon for your bar cart!

1. – Gray Wood Grain
2. – Pink Floral
3. – Newspaper Print
4. – Black Wood Grain
5. – Black Granite

| White and Gold Vase, Brass Pineapple, Wooden Tray, Marble Tray: Homegoods | Leather Decanter Tags: Nora Klotz | Decanters and Ice bucket: Thrifted | Pink Tray: Le Pieces | Bar Cart: Target | Marble Contact Paper: |

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  • Reply Autumn September 1, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Yasss! Love contact paper DIYs they’re so easy and cheap to do. I think I need that target bar cart now…

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 1, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Totally agree Autumn!! It’s a brand new bar cart now and I love it so much more. I know several people who found theirs at the thrift store.. so keep your eyes peeled!

  • Reply Deana Fernandez September 1, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Awesome DIY. Also love how you’ve styled the bar cart.

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks Deana!! It’s harder then it looks.. took me forever to style it! 😉

  • Reply Maddie September 1, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Those alcohol label tags are everything!!! Perfect for collected decanters!

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Totally agree – they add just the right touch of masculine to the feminine bar cart!!

  • Reply Linda Flores September 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Love, love, love it!!

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 5, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Yayy!!! Glad you love it Linda! <3

  • Reply Jill Catrinel September 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Love your bar cart – it’s so chic! The decanters really seal the deal. I keep buying them too…they’re so pretty, how can you not? This is a great use for them!

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Right Jill?! They’re just so sparkly and pretty and come in so many shapes and sizes! They’re my new obsession!

  • Reply Addy September 1, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Now I need to find a bar cart thrifting to use my leftover contact paper on! You are so inspiring! ❤️

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Yes! I’m sure there’s a thrifted one out there just waiting for you Addy!

  • Reply Denise M September 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Love your spare bedroom. Awesome blog. YOU GO GIRL!

    • Reply emilyeveryday September 5, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you so much Denise! You’re the best! <3

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