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  • The Art of the Cart: Five Ways to Use a Bar Cart At Home

    Maybe we have Mad Men to thank, maybe it’s the trend towards more people entertaining at home, maybe people are just looking for more ways to decorate, but however you slice it, bar carts are totally in right now.

    The humble bar cart has come back in a big way over the last few years, as both professionals in the restaurant business and regular folks alike discover the various presentation, decoration, and space advantages that bar carts can offer.

    Have you recently acquired an antique bar cart you can’t wait to put to work? Are you eyeing a new one but want to have a plan for using it before you click ‘order’? Wait no longer: here’s five fun ways to use bar carts & serving carts in your own home!

     

    Serving Drinks

    It’s pretty obvious but it’s still worth mentioning—serving carts are an ideal way to keep cocktail mixers, serving supplies, and favorite drinks close at hand. Depending on the design of your cart you could go about it a few ways, but the ‘conventional’ method is to keep glassware and serving supplies (coasters, stirring sticks, beakers if you’re a really devoted mixologist) up top and the drinks down below unless you’ve got a lot of them or there’s one you find yourself reaching for a little more than usual.

     

    Coffee Station

    Not too into the whole liquor thing? Serving carts are a perfect way to arrange a station to get your coffee going easier than ever. Keep your coffee maker/Keurig machine on top and spread out your favorite coffee flavors, creamers, and mugs through the rest of the cart to make sure you can get that jolt you need in the morning.

     

    Movable End Table

    End tables are a common fixture in many living rooms thanks to their versatility, but for a truly useful small table, a repurposed serving cart could be just the thing. Imagine how much easier it would be to eat, drink, or simply organize your magazines and remote controls if your end table could roll around—if you use a bar cart, it can!

     

    Dinner/Appetizer Serving

    In a similar vein, serving carts can provide a helpful function in the kitchen or dining room by providing a mobile serving station. Wheel everyone’s plates straight out from the kitchen, push around a tray of hors d'oeuvres during a party, or just use it to make appetizers easier to get to before the main course is ready.

     

    Party Favors

    If you’re the sort that loves having a get-together, you’ve probably encountered all kinds of storage issues with gifts, party favors, and the like. If you need to provide everyone a place to keep their birthday gifts, or if you’re laying out something like a guestbook or photo props, a serving cart is a perfect (and movable) way to get them out to the guests where they belong.

     

    Have you been using a bar cart in your home? Leave a comment below and tell us how!

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  • Let's Play Dress Up: How to Make Wire Shelves Look Even Better

    Whether you’re redecorating a room, repainting walls, or moving everything around, we know how it feels to suddenly have something in your room that just doesn’t quite match.

    And as helpful as wire shelving can be, sometimes it just doesn’t match the look you’re going for—similar to how the TV stand your mother gave you when you moved just isn’t quite working in the living room anymore.

    But wait! Before you decide to relegate your wire shelves down to the basement and go through the cost and trouble of replacing them, there’s actually a lot you can do to make them match your current decorative mood without breaking the bank or leaving you stuck with a more-decorative but less-helpful shelving solution. Before you go moving those wire shelves around, try these steps first:

     

    Throw me a line: One of the easiest and most helpful ways to change up the look of your wire shelving is to add wire shelf liners across each shelf. This can have a twofold effect on your shelves: by adding a splash of color you can change up the look of your shelving without the cost and trouble of replacement, and the solid lining will make your shelf even more usable by providing a solid surface to keep smaller items/anything that needs more stability (salt shakers, picture frames, etc) close at hand and right on display.

     

    Get rustic: A common renovation trend these days is to try and go for a more rustic ‘natural’ look in homes and apartments, and that usually means one thing: a lot of wood. With a little creativity, even your wire shelves can get in on this new look while still providing the sort of shelving and stability you need. Use wooden shelf liners or butcher block tops atop your shelves to give them a more natural vibe (so long as you don’t still need them in the kitchen, of course), and if you’re really the crafty type you can cut thin plywood strips to glue along the front of your shelves to help them match their new liners and blend in better with your new surroundings!

     

    Play paintball: Not literally, of course, but after a big wall repaint, a few cans of spray paint can go a long way towards dressing up wire shelves. Grab some spray paint that works on plastic or metal (in certain cases, chrome wire shelves or epoxy-coated shelves may require specific paints) and spray paint the shelves to match their current surroundings, or paint them a complementary color to help them pop even more.

     

    Add bins: If you’re not up to customizing the shelves themselves, a good way to change up the look of your shelves is to use storage bins. By varying up the color of your bins and using them to store all the smaller items your shelves usually hold, you can streamline the clutter and add color to your shelves that might have looked more disorganized beforehand.

     

    Got any other tips for making your wire shelves match your home decor better? Leave a comment below!

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