DIY // Patio Bar Cart {sponsored post}

We love to entertain in our backyard and I've been looking for a bar cart that we could use not only as a bar, but also for parties like our outdoor movie nights with friends.

I wanted something substantial and sturdy that could be left outdoors during the summer and easily stored in the winter.

I found this cart at Staples after they contacted me to collaborate on a decor project using some pieces from their new home decor line-up. I was tempted by some of the side tables (like this great coffee table) and chairs they offer online. Who knew you could buy furniture at Staples that wasn't just for the office?! 

I loved the idea of turning a utilitarian cart into a bar cart. Here it is!

I transformed an industrial steel utility cart from Staples into a bar cart with a can of spray paint and some styling tricks.

A really easy DIY project that you can complete in under an hour. 

1. Lightly sand the cart so that the paint can adhere.
2. Wipe the cart clean.
3. Spray the cart with your choice of rust proofing spray paint. Follow the drying time directions on the can. You may have to do two coats to depending on the colour. 
I used Rustoleum brand spray paint, the Tremclad line in Glossy White.

I really like how it turned out. I think the white paint compliments my shady garden nicely. We have lots of verdant greens so the white is actually a pop of "colour" that works well with our more modern decor. Although I think this would look really cool in a bright colour like yellow or green.

I used a mixture of vintage and new trays, baskets and a vintage soda crate to corral bar essentials such as glasses, sodas, towels etc. The shelves provide tons of storage space. 

Psst... in the winter I can roll my cart into our shed and use it as shelving. 

Tip: I've been making simple syrups for our summer drinks. They are so easy and versatile. We use them for our Soda Stream too.

Create some simple DIY art to lean on or hang behind your cart. A dollar store canvas is painted with some favorite colours with an ombre effect.

I also picked up these great solid colour outdoor cushions for my vintage basket chairs.  I love how they look. I'm thinking of adding some green cushions too.

The colours of our garden...

I like a more monochromatic look in the garden these days. I find it relaxing. The focus is on the garden rather than the patterns on outdoor textiles. I like using natural linens and the colour scheme to reflect what's going on in the yard.

When I was browsing the patio furniture at Staples (yes they have patio furniture!) I was crushing on this set. I really like outdoor sofa sets and love the resin options that are available. Maybe next summer ...


*Disclosure: Staples contacted me to partner with them on a home decor collaboration. They offered me the opportunity to choose some product and use it in my home. When I choose to collaborate with a company like Staples I am careful to ensure that the partnership works for both of us. I love what Staples has to offer and was excited to see and use some of their new home products.


  1. Really inspiring DIY, Debra! I'm going to have a closer look at what Staples has. As a fellow maker of simple syrups and entertaining enthusiast, I would love a bar cart like this. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Thanks Brandie! They have some fun options. Check out Craigslist too for vintage carts ;)


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