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How to Style a Bar Cart

Well, everyone, my apartment is finally decorated. Over the next week or two, get ready for a ton of apartment-related posts. I'm on a roll. 

Let's start with the most basic, Pinterest-baiting aspect of any twenty-something's apartment: the bar cart. I posted about various bar carts recently, however actually finding one in real life is pretty tricky. They're a lot more expensive than anticipated, considering they don't really have any ongoing function besides holding decorative items and random bottles of alcohol. 

My mom found this bar cart from IKEA, then painted it gold to add some extra oomph. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a bar cart when you could spend $29.99? Literally amazing.

The first shelf has two books (one is the Lilly Pulitzer biography, the other is called Resort Fashion), cocktail napkins, this lamp from Target, and an adorable bottle of Rosé my best friend gave me for graduation. 

It's literally too cute to open, so I use it as decoration. HA.

My mother also found these string lights from a home decor boutique in Ridgefield, CT, but I can't seem to find a corresponding link anywhere. They're so cute though - they are multicolored and are super fun. 

The middle shelf includes two of these adorable pineapple cups (on sale!), cocktail napkins, and a jug with various brightly colored straws. The bottom shelf has a leopard print tray and the main event of a bar cart, alcohol.

I am beyond obsessed with the furry stools that are on either side of the cart. We found them at HomeGoods last week, and they were a great price. 

Moment of silence for HomeGoods. Greatest place on Earth.

Above the cart are two uber-girly, alcohol-themed art prints. The first, with pink champagne bottles, is from an Etsy shop called A Thing Created. The second is of a woman holding punch, and it's cut out from the Lilly Pulitzer 5x5 Book (which is currently unavailable).

Next up on my apartment-decorating series will be a tour of my living room. Stay tuned!

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  1. I love how this turned out--aren't easy IKEA hacks the best?!


  2. I love that you painted the cart to match the stools. I would have got gold paint on everything.



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