A Masculine Wood and Metal Bourbon Bar Cart

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Today’s post is about a little corner I created in our dining room for my husband, who is a big fan of all things bourbon and has quite a large collection of brown water. We actually had three separate areas in our house where we were stashing bottles, and he never knew where to find a particular one.

We both love the idea of a bar cart but realized that wouldn’t be quite enough space for his collection. I fully expect that in our forever house he’ll have a “real” bar in his office or a rec room, but for now we’re making a corner of the room work.

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

I asked my friend Ashly to come over a few weeks ago to help me in a few areas where I was stumped (you can see her beautiful home here). She recommended that I pull my wood and metal rolling kitchen cart into the dining room and turn it into a bar cart. Since it hadn’t really found a home at Magnolia Cottage, it was hanging out on the front porch by the swing and I was actually thinking about selling it or putting it in storage. I like this idea so much better!

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

With the exception of a few cute bottles of mixers, I didn’t buy anything to create this area, I just gathered things from around the house. I’ll list my sources at the end of the post.

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

I’ve used the rolling kitchen cart in two kitchens (once as an island), in a rec room to store games and a TV, and now as a barn cart. It’s such a versatile piece and I do think the metal and wood give it a masculine feel.

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

I’ve been buying vintage barware for years, mostly at thrift and antique stores, but you can find lots of it on Etsy and eBay. I was amazed when I saw what the cut crystal martini shaker and ice bucket go for online, though, because I think I paid $20 for mine.

Can you see my reflection in the photo below?

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

 

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

The crystal sugar jar holds Amarena cherries when it’s time to make Manhattans, and my great grandmother’s champagne coupes are on the middle shelf as the glassware of choice for Manhattans and martinis.

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

Yes, my husband is in the Army, but the old matchbook from the O Club at Andrews Air Force Base–now Joint Base Andrews –is a fun touch. There’s also an old-school lighter underneath it for our cigar-smoking friends.

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

A masculine wood and metal bourbon themed bar cart | 11 Magnolia Lane

 

As promised, here are sources for the same (or similar, for the vintage pieces) items:

Remember, just a few weeks ago my antique cane barrel chairs were in the stairwell area; they’ve now moved to the breakfast room/den/sunroom. Decorating is seriously like a never-ending game of musical chairs.
White and black painted stairs steps | 11 Magnolia Lane
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Comments

  1. It looks fantastic. Love the mix of vintage pieces. The bar cart looks like it was meant for that space.

  2. It’s perfect! Working on a similar project myself! great inspiration — thanks!

  3. This is really attractive Christy! I like the black with the wood and everything is there for a drink! =)

  4. Libby Jane says

    Chirsty, that is so perfect for a landing zone for all things adult beverage. It looks like it was meant to be in that spot. Love your friend’s home, Your over all style makes me swoon.

    • Isn’t her house gorgeous? It’s what mine wants to be when it grows up! The good news is that she’s going to let me share it again this year.
      Take care and thanks for your kind words!
      Christy

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