Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bar Cart Madness

Do you ever think of something you want and then get so obsessed over it? Well, Mike got the idea in his head that he wanted a bar cart (maybe from watching too much Mad Men - I've never seen an episode) and then when he gets obsessed, so do I! I put together a pin board to get some inspiration. All week, we were looking for ideas, especially looking for a place to buy a cart. We needed something small and inexpensive since we live in a condo. Mike even thought of buying a white changing table (that's right, a baby diaper change table) but no one on Kijiji was getting back to him with the dimensions. Finally we saw a white kitchen cart at Kitchen Stuff Plus we thought would work. It was clunky and too big for the little space in our condo we had to work with. And then, we came across the perfect cart. Believe it or not, it's actually a bathroom toiletry cart and the bonus is, it was cheaper than every other cart we were looking at.

Once we bought the cart, we hit the LCBO (our local liquor store) and stocked up on the staples (whiskey, brandy, cognac, amaretto and rum - yes, we forgot vodka). We decided to mostly buy the smaller bottles since the cart isn't that big. We also went to Whole Foods to buy some San Pellegrino and ginger beer, as well as Crate & Barrel to buy some bar accessories. There are some other items we still need to add like colourful straws, a napkin holder for the cute napkins I got, coasters and more glasses.

The key is to stock your cart with what you like to drink. Sure, I thought about buying really cool-looking bottles of spirits but what's the point if you aren't going to drink it. Originally we bought a small skinny vase to put a couple of bright flowers in it but Mike found a mosaic seahorse that worked perfectly with the cart. Now we will use that vase for straws.

Purchasing the cart and all the items for it was a Saturday afternoon well spent. We celebrated our success with a Caipirinha (Mike's favorite drink) and look forward to adding more items as we discover more delicious drinks. I'm glad we found the perfect cart for our place and now we can put our obsession to rest.

What we bought:
Cart: (Kitchen Stuff Plus), Mosaic Seahorse: (Winners), Ice bucket and tongs: (Kitchen Stuff Plus), pink cocktail shaker (giveaway), Impressions Glasses (Crate & Barrel), stirring spoon (Kitchen Stuff Plus), Bar whisk (Crate & Barrel), Jigger (Crate & Barrel), Clear Acrylic tray (Winners), muddler (promo item when purchasing Pitu cacha├ža), Cocktail napkins (Bowring)

Bar cart reading:
Build a Bar from Cupcakes and Cashmere
How to Stock Your Bar Cart from Matchbook Magazine


Meghan said...

I was JUST telling my husband how badly I want a bar cart! Yours looks fantastic - I love the vintage look!

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Nice one, girl. I like this.

Margarita said...

I love it so much! It looks perfect for mixing cocktails :)

Islandia Lane said...

love. love. love. Any house that is a drinkers house, needs a liquor cart! so awesome.

Also - I'll have some beach posts coming up in about two weeks - thought you'd appreciate them!! I'm going to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas for two weeks - can't wait for some fun in the sun :-)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Cute!! And I love your paint color!

Thanks again for the birthday well wishes :)

Joanne said...

What an awesome idea! I never woulda thought that was for a bathroom. Definitely a great find!

MizzJ said...

Looks great! Now you need to throw a cocktail party so you have an excuse to dress up AND use the cart :)

Lin said...

Wow, you guys converted that to a bar cart so fabulously! Love it.

Nikolett said...

Looks so so good! Peter likes to collect alcohol rather than drink it but I definitely want some kind of bar cart in the future. And I adore the seahorse in the background.

Kasey Lynne said...

This is so awesome.
I now want a bar cart. What a fabulous idea.