We had so much fun with this DIY Coffee Bar Cart! A rustic take on the classic bar cart, build it yourself and switch up the styling to use it for coffee!
I want to add this one to the list of “things every mom needs in her life.” Along with “high metabolism” and “more energy” this could be one of those gifts that every mama, especially when she has number two, or three, or four, could use. A coffee bar cart? Oh yeah. I could totally even see this going in my room.
Okay, and cue confession time… I’m not actually that huge of a coffee fanatic, I only started drinking it about a year ago in fact. Chai tea was always my first love (and if I’m hitting up the nearest coffee shop, that’s usually still my go-to order). Loaded up with cream, a swirling, steaming cup of energy is something I can use, and have about once a day… that is when I even get to finish the cup. But the scent, those first few sips, the feeling of “something-just-for-me,” that’s the blessing of coffee. And this DIY coffee bar cart? Well, it just makes it that much easier to make and enjoy… wherever, without taking up precious counter space.
I was on the hunt for the longest time to find a bar cart, or something to use for one. Something new, something old, something I could transform. While I found many and had plenty of ideas, there wasn’t one that quite fit the bill. By that I mean, I either would have had to shell out too much cash, my husband didn’t like it, etc. Together we came to a compromise and a conclusion; let’s just make our own! We did, and I could be happier with the result.
The style we went with is slightly rustic and industrial, completely customizable (so if we ever decided to change our mind on color, just a little paint or stain with change the entire look), and we can be totally proud that we made it all ourselves.
Today, we’re sharing the full rundown (which is easier that it seems), and we’ve got a giveaway for you too!
How to make your own DIY Coffee Bar Cart
- (18) – 1/2″ floor flanges
- (4) – 1/2″ x 12″ nipples/risers (use PVC piping instead of black or cast iron irrigation piping to save $)
- (4) – 1/2″ x 18″ nipples/risers (used plastic again)
- (1) – 1/2″ x 8″ nipple/riser
- (2) – 1/2″ x 1″ nipples/risers
- (2) – 1/2″ elbows
- (2) – 1x8x10 boards
- (4) casters
- Flat bracket set
- Stain of choice
- Wood glue
- #8 3/4″ wood screws (100qty)
- Spray paint of choice (for the piping)
- Start by cutting boards down to length making 6 – 30″ pieces. It’s easier to have it done for you at the store while you are there. We purchased 2 – 10 foot boards and had them cut down to size.
- Sand the wood on all edges. A palm sander works great.
- Stain wood desired color and let dry.
- Wash and assemble the pipe. Assemble one pipe to two flanges and hand tighten (no need to use a wrench). Do this with all 8 pipes, your 4 – 12″ pipes and 4 – 18″ pipes. You should have 2 flanges left over for top handle. The 8″ pipe will be used for the cart handle, hand tighten an elbow to each end. Add a 1″ nipple to each elbow, followed by a flange. Once all pieces are assembled, spray paint desired color. (Cute little helpers don’t hurt either 😉 )
Edited to add: Final dimensions will be 30″ L X 15″ W X 40″ H (height is approximate and based on the caster height). Based on the materials listed, we built this for right around $100!
5. Pre drill 3 dowel holes in one side of each board (a dowel jig works great, just make sure to measure the exact same length from the end of the wood for each board). We used dowels and wood glue to help give extra strength to each shelf which will be two boards in width.
6. Place dowels in pre-drilled holes.
7. Run a line of wood glue on one piece of wood and then place opposing piece lining up with dowels and use a rubber mallet to gently hammer so pieces are tight. If you have a wooden clamp you can clamp tight while drying. We just set aside and let dry.
8. Repeat steps for all three sets of boards to create three sets of shelves.
9. Choose which side of your boards will face down and lay them flat. Add 2-3 flat brackets to the seem of each shelf for added strength.
10. Flip over your bottom shelf so that it is now face up, and using 3/4″ screws, attach your 4 – 18″ pipe sets at each corner with flanges 1/2″ from outside edge. Measure from the edge of the wood to the edge of flange.
11. Flip your bottom board with attached piping upside down and set onto another board that is still face down to create the next level and screw the other set of flanges to the bottom of the board, still measuring 1/2″ from the outside edge of the wood.
12. Flip the unit right side up again and repeat steps 10 and 11 with the 4 – 12″ pipe sets.
13. Flip upside down one last time onto the top board and attach from bottom.
14. Return to right-side up position, center the handle and affix with 3/4″ screws where you wish on the top.
15. Lay your coffee bar cart on it’s side OR upside down either on a table or before affixing the handle and attach casters on all four corners. We measured 1/2″ from each edge to outside of casters. Screw in place with 3/4″ screws.
16. (Optional) We used a little of the spray paint, sprayed into a disposable cup, and applied with a small brush to the tops of the screws so that they would blend in with the rest of the metal work.
Congratulations, you now have your own rolling DIY coffee bar cart! Add your favorite mugs, coffees, syrups, coffee makers, books, waters and other flavorings and accessories work well too… then just enjoy each sip. I’ve got a few of my favorite Folgers flavors on hand, plenty of mugs to fill and my sleek, white Keurig brewer that will keep me going, especially after baby arrives! Goodness, I really may even move this cart into my room 😉
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