Tea Trolley To Bar Cart Revamp

Since our blogging journey began, one of the first items on Spiv’s “Wish List” was a Bar Cart. She and Craig appreciate a good gin now and then and like to think we they are a dab hand at mixology. She struggled for months to decide exactly what she wanted, knowing she didn’t want to overload the room with metallics.

In the end, she abandoned her online search and decided to create her own. Here she talks us through how she put her fabulous creation together…

Being a serial Ebayer, I knew I could get a wooden pre-used tea trolley for next to nothing and in my case it really didn’t matter what condition it was in as I had great plans to paint and tile it.

I found this unloved and drab little number and paid £5 to a local seller. I chose it for the lip it had around the edge, as I knew it would work well with the tiles I had planned for it.


The first thing I did was sand the edges of the cart and the legs. I would highly recommend the Sonicrafter multi-tool by WORX as a lightweight handheld sander. I bought one for my Dad a couple of Christmas’s ago and seem to have adopted it as my own. It’s quick and perfect for little jobs like this and has a range of other attachments for DIY jobs.

Bar trolleys are something you can really push the boundaries with, creating a little pocket of quirky fun in your home. For this very reason, I chose these funky star design tiles to revamp the marked and stained wooden surfaces. One of my favourite instagrammers @marthashappilyeverafter used these on her new living room fireplace and they looked beautiful, so my decision was made.

Photo Credit: @Marthashappilyeverafter

After measuring up, I only needed two tiles for the top and bottom surfaces, but they did need to be cut down in size slightly.


Storage for glasses is a big issue in our home, mainly because I’m rather particular about what I drink from. It just doesn’t seem the same sitting down on Friday night drinking your gin and tonic from a Pepsi glass now does it? We have an abundance of glasses and wanted to showcase the prettiest ones on the trolley.

I was able to source these really clever glass rack storage solutions in gold from Ebay, They hold around 6 glasses on each attachment and can be bought in different sizes starting at £2.75 with fixings. I chose to attach them to one side of the bottom level of the trolley, to make good use of the space the other side for tall bottled spirits such as vodka!

Once the trolley was tiled and the glass racks screwed in place, it was time to get the paintbrush out. (Not before sticking masking tape to the edges of the tiled surface of course.) I used Farrow and Ball Hague Blue egg shell , which I am slowly incorporating into every room in my home and is my “go to” blue.

I decided to leave some of the sanded teak woodwork visible, as I rather liked the texture of the wood against the tiles and painted surfaces.

It took two coats but dries in about 30 minutes, so I was able to complete this within the afternoon.

The original wheels of the trolley were grey and plastic, so couldn’t stay as they were. I chose to paint them gold, to tie in with the many bar trolley accessories I had recently gathered. I used Rust-oleum metallic gold spray paint; spraying some into a pot first and leaving on the radiator for a short time. The paint then thickens and can be applied like ordinary paint, which made it easier to avoid accidently spraying the legs.

The trolley was finally complete and the only thing left to do was accessorise – my favourite bit. This is when my creation really came into its own!

I used my IKEA blue carafe and added some small battery powered lights for some pizzazz and sparkle, which is an essential on any bar right? I also opted for a cute little succulent in my favourite pot and a particularly  fitting print from DESENIO.

The gold, ornamental pineapple makes a bold statement and my little book of gin cocktails forms an essential part of the styling (whilst also proving very useful during our social gatherings).

My bar cart is like a little ray of sunshine, injecting fun into our adult dining space and offering a real talking point whenever we have friends over. I strongly recommend you get creative and start the process of putting together your own bar cart. I enjoyed every moment of creating mine!


£4.99 Bottle Stopper H&M Home

£5 Bar Tenders Guide to Gin Matalan Home 

£40 Copper Pineapple Ice Bucket Oliva Bonas 

£12 Oval Tray H&M Home

£36 Vonshef Manhattan Cocktail Shaker Set in brushed gold from express.deal on Ebay

From £2.95 Hakuna Matata Print DESENIO


£8 Stockholme Blue Carafe IKEA

£2.50 Blue Glass carafe IKEA

We would love to hear from you if you have a DIY interior project to share with us and our readers on the blog. Contact us at homebirdsuk@gmail.com or through our Instagram page @_homebirds_

Spiv x x

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