Old Cabinet Turned Industrial Liquor Cabinet / Bar Cart

There are a few reasons why I’m so excited that this project is done.

First, it freed up some room in my garage.

Second, I love the way it turned out.

And third, this cabinet belonged to my grandmother who passed away in February. She was one of my biggest fans and loved to reinvent and redecorate, so I know she would be proud.

You probably don’t remember when I originally set out to revamp my dining room.

It has taken me forever to get this room done, mostly because I didn’t have a definite vision for it. This industrial liquor cabinet changed that!

Once I took on this cabinet, I got the motivation to finish the dining room once and for all. 

So, today I’m going to show you how I turned this sad cabinet into the most magnificent bar cart with gold and copper details.
modern industrial bar cart before and after

Ain’t it pretty?

This was my first attempt at spraying a piece of furniture and I think I’m already addicted to the HomeRight Finish Max that made it so simple and gave it a really professional finish. Let’s do a little side by side to see where we started.

bar cart before and after

Like I said, this cabinet was in my grandmother’s home and I always loved it. The detail on the doors makes it interesting and there’s a hidden drawer inside. The dark color wasn’t going to fly in my dining room though since my table is already really dark and so are my floors. So a bright white was the perfect choice here.

Tools and Supplies that I Used for This Project:

Preparing the cabinet to be Painted

The first thing I did, was take the doors off and the drawer out and give it a good sanding and cleaning. I used an electric sander which made the job pretty easy and then did the small spaces on the doors by hand.

Painting the Cabinet with a Professional Look

Then came the fun part!

I got to use my new paint sprayer for the first time! This thing is seriously awesome. It doesn’t require anything more than an outlet and works like a charm to get a really great finish.

That is me smiling away, cause what girl doesn’t love a paint sprayer?

homeright finish max paint sprayer


In order to cover the dark wood color I did 3 light coats of paint.

modern industrial bar cart before and after

The sprayer even got into all of the tiny spaces on the doors without dripping.

Between coats of paint I worked on getting the other parts of the project ready.

Adding Pipes for an Industrial Detail

I wanted to add some personality to the cabinet and make it really unique. Since we planned to use the cabinet as a liquor cabinet and sideboard it made sense to add a little industrial detail to the top.

A railing like you would see in a bar was the perfect detail to add.

diy industrial modern furniture

I used 1/2 galvanized pipe cut to the sizes of the three sides of my cabinet, 4 galvanized floor flanges, 2 elbows, and 2 three way corner fittings, and 2 half inch nipples.

I gave them a coat of gold spray paint before putting them together.

TIP!:  You may remember this exciting moment from Instagram when I was getting the pipe for this project cut at The Home Depot. I love that you don’t have to own a crazy machine to do projects like this because they will cut and thread the pipe for you right in the store! #lovethehomedepot


After assembling my railing, I marked the holes for the screws.

Be sure to use screws that aren’t going to go through the top piece of your cabinet. To make sure they aren’t too long, just hold up your screw like my handsome model is doing here.

before and after industrial modern bar cart

Then attach the railing to the cabinet.

diy bar cart

Adding detail to the inside of the cabinet

I love adding hidden details to my furniture makeovers.

Now that the outside had some personality, I had to add some fun the the inside so I lined the back of the cabinet and the inside of the drawer with metallic copper contact paper.

how to create an industrial bar cabinet

I also added some fun detail to the front of the drawer in gold as well!

I used gold embossing powder and a stencil to create this awesome raised and reflective pattern on the drawer front. I go over all of the steps to do this in this post.

how to emboss furniture


gold detail on a bar cart

I love the unexpected pattern and color on the inside and the small nobs were sprayed to match the railing on top.

And there she is in all her glory!

industrial modern bar cart makeover


bar cart makeover

It is the perfect spot to display some fun accessories and it is super useful for storing our liquor and glassware.

modern bar cabinet

I just know that my Noni would get such a kick out of the fact that her cabinet will now be in my home for years to come and she would be the first one to toast to it with a scotch old fashioned with a cherry.

Cheers to another idea coming to fruition! Or bottoms up. Or up, down, pound! Whatever suits you 🙂

You can see the complete dining room before and after HERE.


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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

0 thoughts on “Old Cabinet Turned Industrial Liquor Cabinet / Bar Cart

  1. robin says:

    Love the gold accents! Would you mind commenting what gold spray paint you got these results from? I’m trying to dip my table accents in gold for my upcoming wedding and am having trouble finding a gold that suits! Thanks!

    1. Hi Robin. Gold can be a really tricky color. My favorite is Rustoleum Metallic Gold. Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

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  3. This turned out so fabulous, Corey! Of course pretty much everything you touch does. 🙂 The gold pipe totally makes it, and it’s great that you were able to save a piece that was special to you! Thanks for sharing at our party! XO XO

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  7. I love this! The details of the pipe make it!

  8. It really is so much fun to redo a piece that will forever remind me of my sweet grandmother. Thank you for coming by the other day and for your sweet words. Hope you had a great weekend!

  9. Wow Corey!! You did a GREAT job! What kind of paint does the paint sprayer use?

    1. Hey Christine! It uses regular latex paint or it can do stain or even oil based paint too. It is awesome! You need to get one 🙂

  10. Corey, this is FABULOUS! I love that industrial piping you added! And white and gold is always to die for!!!

    1. Gold and white are my new favorite thing (besides frozen yogurt and my kids…oh and my hubs.) Seriously though, the combo is amazing! Thanks for coming by and have a great week Nicole!

  11. This is so awesome. You did such a great job with all of the little details. The pipe “railing” is just genius! So cool that it belonged to your grandmother too.

    1. Thank you so much Colette. It was definitely a project that I wanted to make perfect since it was a family piece and I think I did pretty good on that promise. Thanks so much for coming by!

  12. Uhhh,,,I love this makeover, my friend…every bit of it! And that mirror…tell me you didn’t DIY that..?Pinning 🙂

    1. Ha! Just now getting to my comments and you prob already know that I did DIY that mirror. I’m so behind 🙁 It is going to be better this week! I hope 🙂

  13. I LOVE this, Corey!!! The piping on top is a beauty, and I love that you painted it gold. Also love the interior pattern! Great redo for sure! 🙂

    1. Thank you Amanda! I need to share how I did that pattern on the drawer. Putting it on my to do list for this week!

  14. Allison says:

    This is such a great before/after. I love it! You are so talented and have a great idea for colors, textures, etc.

  15. This is beautiful!! The addition of the piping on top is perfect and I love the fun design on the inside!! I’m sure your grandma would have been very proud 🙂

  16. Oh, wow, it’s gorgeous! I love the detailing on the drawer! Such a lovely job. Thanks for sharing!

  17. This is GORGEOUS Corey! I love, love, love all of the gold accents! Brilliant!!!

  18. COREY! Love this beauty. This piece is so stunning and the sentimental value… oh my, then you went and made it even better! Love this simple gold detailed pattered. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of that copper contact paper, is it shiny? Looks great from top to bottom. Pinning.

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