Bar Cart Before & After Reveal & Polka Dot DIY!

Oddly enough, a toddler playroom inspired the final design of the bar cart first seen here.  (Sorry Kalia, Mommy needs a cocktail…)  I was inspired by Lay Baby Lay’s playroom–  she had some silver polka dots on a bookshelf.  Check out my entire Pinterest inspiration board for bar carts!

In case you are new here- I love polka dots. As evidenced by here and here . (and newbies I also love wine, the color pink & Marc Jacobs).

When I saw the polka dots- I knew immediately what I could do! I had my eye on stainless steel contact paper while I was at Lowe’s one day and thought the metallic color would make a great project some day… I just love it when a plan comes together!

Polka Dot DIY

Silver Stainless Steel Contact Paper
 (or any color you want)
Large Circle Cutter
Self Healing Mat

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1) Your contact paper will be in a roll, so the paper will curl very easily, to fix this I laid the roll out flat on a table and placed heavy books on it and left out overnight. (a couple hours should do)
Now the contact paper is flat and will not curl while you make the circles!
(Step one is not required but makes it much easier; You can also use the books to keep it flat while you are actually cutting, but the paper still tends to curl & it is a pain)

2) Lay your sheet on top of the self healing mat and make your circles!  I chose the 4 inch circle size for my project.

3) To apply the circles all you need to do is remove the back adhesive, I chose to go random with my placement.

How easy is that? =)

I was excited for this project as I have wanted a circle cutter for awhile and this was a perfect excuse to buy one.  They are about $25, but I never go to Michael’s without my 50% coupon =)

I am forewarning you, there may be lots of polka dot DIYs coming up now, lol!

For the actual furniture painting, you can review my dining room furniture for thorough instructions but here is a quickie version:

I sanded (the crap) out of the shelf*.  Primed.  Painted two coats. Spray painted the wheels and bottom legs metallic silver.
(my dining room furniture I chemically removed the paint, this piece was small so I used a handheld wedge to sand)

Redoing this small piece was SO easy after my dining set.  I completed that back in July and have not wanted to redo a piece of furniture since- this was a simple reintroduction and made me remember why I love making over furniture!

And yep, that is another tray ($2) I redid with some spray paint and painter’s tape!

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  1. ellysan says:

    Looks wonderful. Never imagined a bar cart could have such a great new look!!!

  2. Super cute!! Love the dots.

  3. Heather O says:

    That looks amazing! You are very talented and creative! 🙂

  4. Melodia says:

    LOVE how this turned out!! So cute and I like how versatile it could be 🙂

  5. misssrobin says:

    Fabulous job! It looks awesome. I especially love the choice to go random with placement. It's absolutely beautiful. I've been thinking of painting a shelf and you've convinced me to go ahead and get it done! Thanks.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

  6. Wow! That's beautiful. I wasn't sure when you mentioned polka dots, although I love them, too – but that is one classy cart. Great job.

    Visiting from SITS.

  7. Awesome cart!! Thanks for checking out the tray…us polka lovers need to stick together haha! It really turned out great 🙂

    xo Cindy

  8. Saint Jackie says:

    Looks amazing.. Great handy work.

  9. DiynCrafts says:

    Fell in love with this, we've recently started a top DIY blog I hope you're cool being shared there, we will keep an eye on this lovely blog! Keep up the good work.

  10. Carey says:

    Such a cute transformation! It makes me think of a New Years' Eve party 🙂

    I just bought an old, sad cart and I'm looking for ideas to transform it. I would love your input!

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