Ryan and I love hosting. Our house may be a bit on the tiny side but we can still pack a decent amount of people in our kitchen and living room. We have slowly started turning our basement into a usable space (blog post coming soon I promise) but for now, it’s upstairs or nothing.

I had been wanting a cocktail cart for awhile – one that would eventually be downstairs in our entertaining area. But I wanted it to still look great upstairs in the meantime.

This one is beautiful but out of my price range unfortunately.


Via Crate and Barrel

I found some inspiration…


Via Style Me Pretty


Via Society Social


Via A Beautiful Mess

…and then decided to try creating my own!

I got this cart from the high school for a donation of 5.00. What a deal!

I started by cleaning years of grime off of it and prepping it for the spray paint that was to come. I even had to clean off some high school students’ gum

I initially used this Pure Gold Rust-Oleum Spray Paint but it took on a bit of green tone in our home and my better half was not a fan. So I put on another coat of bronze instead and was super happy with the results! (PS I bought both sprays at Home Depot for around 10.00)


After a few coats…drumroll please….I had a new cocktail cart!


As you can see, I loaded it up with a few goodies and now, I’m ready to mix a drink!




Gold Tray – Pier 1 Imports. All Glassware and Ice Bucket – Chapters. Ceramic carton – Anthropologie. Book – American Cocktail. Flowers in vintage maple syrup jar – Antique Mall.

Hope you had a great weekend!