DIY bar

i don’t know about you, but i love the look of a well-styled bar cart. they’re all over pinterest and my favorite blogs, and i was inspired to create my own version of it using some things that i already had. it fits perfectly in the corner of my dining room and makes me feel like throwing a dinner party just about every night…which pretty much never happens. 
oh well. gaze away. 

tray / chalkboard jar: Target
straws: le goods on Etsy

 cardboard coasters: TJ Maxx
bottles: Hobby Lobby 
bottle opener: Pottery Barn
origami: World Market
candle: Marshall’s (?)

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  1. Simply love how you styled this! Really fantastic details!

    Haute Child in the City

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  2. Sam wrote:

    In love! I'm transforming my dining room into an 'office room'… But now I'm totally thinking it needs the addition of a bar cart! Great job with yours! Love all of the accessories.

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  3. I LOVE Cupcake wine! My favorite is the Mosacto D'Asti! So tasty! Which ones do you have in the picture? Very cute bar area, too!

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  4. thats such a pretty DIY bar — and actually I think I have the same bookshelf so I could totally do this! xo

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  5. Carly wrote:

    Adorable! I've been meaning to build a bar!


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  6. Courtney wrote:

    Oh I love it! Please please when I buy my first house will you come style it?! =)

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  7. Love this! I've always wanted to do it…but I'm not sure I could keep wine lasting long enough in one to always look chic 🙂

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    • This cracks me up, I was thinking the same thing. Like "Is it classy to have a mostly empty bottle sitting out? Well, maybe if I keep the already opened bottle on the kitchen counter, then it looks like I'm using it as cooking wine." 😉

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    • Jennifer wrote:

      I have a bar that hold 10 bottles and it can never stay filled enough to be cute!! Good thing the bar itself it cute!!

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  8. Rachel wrote:

    aww this looks adorable! love the straws and the chalkboard jug thingy… very whimsical and colorful 🙂 i love how this set up has easy access to glasses, entertaining/party-hosting made easy.

    rachel x

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  9. This is so much fun! You're so crafty!

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  10. I love this! It's adorable.

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  11. This is lovely! Well done!

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  12. Lea Binta wrote:

    Great details. I wish I had enough space in my livingroom for a bar cart.

    /Lea Binta

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  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Is that "red velvet" cupcake? Love that wine! I have some in my wine rack. My need to open it this weekend! 🙂

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  14. Alix wrote:

    I have a corner of our apartment that I have been wanting to do something with. This would be perfect! I have that bottle opener habging in my wall right now. Thank you for sharing it's beautiful!

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  15. Katherine wrote:

    Hi Lauren!

    I like this idea a lot … if I had a large enough dining room. Ha! 🙂 Question for you: did you hang a shower curtain (or just a regular one) in the corner to give the look of a pattern? Or am I seeing things? Either way, I really like the look. 🙂


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  16. SH wrote:

    This is so perfect! My hubby and I live in an apartment, so we don't have a lot of room for something like this. I've always wanted a bar cart. Maybe someday! You've styled yours so well 🙂


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  17. Holly wrote:

    This looks fabulous! I've been on the hunt for a bar cart for some time now, but this might just be what I'm looking for! Thanks for sharing, doll!

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  18. Dorothy Wu wrote:

    fabric panel? curtain? show us how it's hung! and seriously? pink decanter? love it!

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  19. Awesome job, Lauren!! This looks amazing. You are so inspiring. 🙂 xoxo

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  20. Jenn D wrote:

    oh I love that chalkboard jar!
    With Luck

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  21. heather wrote:

    oh wow, super cute! really love the tray and key bottle opener!

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  22. This is so cute!!

    Posted 1.16.13 Reply
  23. Love it! It's so great when home decor DIY come together so nicely! I've been on a bit of a home decorating kick recently too, a few changes can make all the difference 🙂

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  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Wow, I love this! And I think I could definitely do something similar in my home… thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted 1.17.13 Reply
  25. Seriously? You have the cutest bar cart ever!
    And do I spy Cupcake Moscato in the back?? SO yummy!

    Posted 2.1.13 Reply

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