For my boyfriend’s birthday last year I wanted to make something useful and unique for our new apartment. Since we love to have people over I figured a bar cart was a great idea!
I found this funky faux bamboo bar cart for $10 on craigslist. It was in great condition but needed a little sprucing up. The first thing that I knew I wanted to do was to make a raised rim around the top to hold in the glasses, bottles or whatever I decided to put on the top.
I bought the Union Jack aluminum sheet in silver from Home Depot for $32.98, you can buy it here. It seems expensive because the sheet is 3 ft. x 3ft., I only used a small portion of it. I cut along the pattern with strong scissors (gloves might be a good idea to wear, parts of the metal can be pokey), at the end I simply cleaned up the edges with the scissors.
I tried a couple different methods to attach the aluminum to the bar cart. I tried glue, sealants and the only thing that worked was simply stapling the aluminum to the bar cart using a staple gun, it was super quick and wayyy easier than all that messy glue I first attempted.
After that I used gold spray paint on the faux bamboo legs and the aluminum. Spray paint goes on very quickly and evenly
The bar cart turned out great and is still holding all of our bar cart essentials!