Thursday, December 27, 2012

Vintage Bar Cart

A few weeks ago, Steve, the kids and I went shopping in the West Bottoms on my birthday.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday…coffee and vintage shopping!  And, the best part is, I scored a great piece!

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We have been in search of the right piece for our dining room niche for several months.  I didn’t want to just buy something to buy something, and I decided I would try to look for something that was not made of wood to keep the texture in the space interesting.  We already have a built-in buffet piece in our kitchen area where I store my china, glasses, etc, so I didn’t really need a lot of closed off storage space.

I turned the corner in one particular booth and saw a bunch of stuff being displayed on this gem of a bar cart.  The cart itself did not have a price on it, so I inquired.  The lady in the booth was hesitant to say it was for sale.  She even told me she was considering taking it back to her house.  She knew I was interested and asked if I would pay $95 for it.  SOLD, SOLD, SOLD!  She told me she was giving me a huge deal and she said it must be my lucky day because she could have sold it 100 times over that weekend.  I was trying to play it cool when she said the price…happy birthday to me!!

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It is large, heavy, gold (obsessed), three glass shelves, curved handles, on wheels…I could go on and on about how much I love this piece!  It does not fill up the niche, but it is still a great size.  I will probably add a large plant/tree next to it and a large piece of artwork above it. 

Next up is styling this bad boy.  Here are a few inspiration photos that I am loving (all photos via Pinterest).  Loving all the color and texture these bar carts add to a space!

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The dining room is still coming together and I am okay with that (one year later!).  I much prefer a thought out space, that evolves over time, that I really love, rather than a thrown together room that I half love.

Dining Room To-Do List:
table
chairs

lighting
curtains
piece of furniture for niche
Rug or no rug? (sort of siding towards a rug because of the dust on the dark hardwoods)
Paint the wall of the niche space or leave as is?
Window coverings for the front two windows (think I am going cell shades)
Style the bar cart
Large art piece for niche
Add something next to the bar cart (fiddle leaf fig?)
Have a dinner party!

You can see the entire progress of our dining room here.  Now I need to go shopping for some fun barware!

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