Monday, October 17, 2011

Care For a Drink? (Barcart Reveal)

Nearly two months in the making, may I present to you all my newest project: my goldleafed barcart.
My inspiration:
The "Roland" bar cart from Worlds Away, which is understated in its elegance and out of my price range at $825.
Surely you'll agree that this piece has style in spades.
(via House and Home)

 What I started with:
A free (!) bar cart from Craiglist that was structurally similar, but a little clunky.
Just remember the operative word here: free.
The rounded trim on each end were quickly removed:
Instead of their rounded edges, I added a streamlined squared dowel to the two short sides and the back of the barcart.
I bought 2 dowels (cut in store) from Home Depot for about $2 each.
The rounded handles weren't the only thing to go.
The original casters were pretty heinous and fell off more than once, so I replaced them with 4 ball casters in brass.
Here is where the real work begins and where I keep it really, really, ridiculously real. 

Goldleafing is torture. 
 There, I said it. 
If anyone tells you otherwise, they are lying to you.
As a result, I didn't bother to take process pictures of the goldleafing (I was trying to power through, forgive me).

All that matters is this, the final results.
 To recap:
--free barcart + $825 inspiration
--roughly $35 spent on gold leaf, adhesive and sealer
--two months of on-and-off process to complete this work

Hope you agree that all the time and energy spent was well worth it!
Now, who wants a drink?


  1. This looks absolutely amazing! I'm always so impressed by your attention to the little details, too. I would never think to change out the casters, but it made such a difference!

  2. hurrah! the place is really coming together. Looks fab.

    and yes, gold leaf is certainly the devil.

  3. You did such a great job!!!!!!! It looks stunning! All that hard work paid off...I know you are going to enjoy it! xoxo

  4. Absolutely worth it! It looks great and your home is positively lovely. Enjoy your new/old treasure.

  5. It was totally worth it- what a great job you did! It looks beautiful!

  6. You did a fabulous job!! it really looks great!


  7. I thought gold leafing sucked at first but once you get the hang its not so bad. Just work. With that being said i still havent finished my bar cabinets legs.

    great job!

  8. Oh, Ashley, it looks fantastic. What a transformation!! You took something free and made it look like a million bucks. Yes, goldleafing is very time-consuming and messy, but it was well worth your effort here. And is that Sofia Coppola champagne in a can I spy? My friends and I snuck that into the Sex and City movie years ago. Good times. Oh, and your styling is the bomb. That brass alligator is awesome!

  9. I have never gold leafed anything, but I would think it would take a lot of time. However, I am sure it was worth it because your bar cart looks awesome!

  10. Amazing! It looks fantastic! You did a great job on that cart. It definitely looks like a very expensive piece of furniture!

  11. Wowzer!! So impressive and well worth the time. Hope you've made yourself quite a few drinks after all that hard work.

  12. Fabulous transformation, bummed I passed up on one here in Chicago. Not gold leaf, but brass! Kicking myself now! :)

  13. okay this is AMAZINGLY good, I love the end result and it works just perfectly with the rest of your awesome living room :)

  14. Pretty amazing my friend! It looks so good sitting next to your Parish chair! Your home is really coming together.

  15. Wow! I'm in love! You did an amazing job.

  16. All I can say is that it looks like it was worth the effort. WOW. What a showpiece!


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