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DIY Bar Cart for Outdoor Entertaining

Need an outdoor bar cart? Take a look at this bar cart hack using an IKEA baby change table and some simple supplies. Budget-friendly and perfect for outdoor entertaining!

Is it just me or has May zipped by? I can’t believe it’s already the final week of the OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Ready for tomorrow’s link party? I can’t wait to see your outdoor projects!

Before you read on, be sure to check out my salvaged tool box planters and country garden party centerpieces if you missed weeks one and two. You’ll be able to see the other gals’ projects there too.

Today, it’s all about Outdoor Paint & Build-it Projects. I’m lovin’ my new-ish summer bar cart!

DIY Bar Cart Using an IKEA Baby Changing Table

DIY Outdoor Bar Cart

Almost since the day we moved into this house, I’ve wanted an outdoor bar cart. Summer is when we entertain the most and, between the food, drinks and serve ware, we never seem to have enough storage room.

Bar carts take up very little space, can be wheeled around with little effort, and their stacked surfaces mean double the capacity. And they’re just so darn fun to look at too!

DIY Bar Cart for Outdoor Entertaining - Thrift Shop Makeover Using an IKEA Changing Table - Satori Design for Living

Being from Canada, our summers are gorgeous, but they’re way too short. I simply cannot justify spending a bunch of money on outdoor furniture when it sits in storage more than half the year.

So, whenever I come across items at Value Village that can be repurposed as outdoor furniture, I jump at the chance.

IKEA Sniglar Baby Change Table - Thrift Shop Find for Outdoor Bar Cart Project - Satori Design for Living

Most people in their right mind walk right past secondhand IKEA change tables at the thrift shop. Not me. I snagged one right away.

(That could start some good rumours, right? A little something to get the neighbours talking!)

I saw the makings of a DIY IKEA bar cart. See the two levels with a tray-like surface? Simply cut off the legs, add some casters and spray paint the whole thing white.

DIY Bar Cart Outdoor Beverage Center Made From an Upcycled IKEA Baby Change Table - Satori Design for Living

Next week, I’ll share a few more details of the transformation.

Update: Go here to get the details on how to make an outdoor bar cart using a baby change table.

Until then, take a closer look at what I’m serving up today….

DIY IKEA Bar Cart - Styled Bar Cart for Summer Outdoor Entertaining by Satori Design for Living

Happy Hour starts at 5 o’clock sharp. Meet me in my back yard!

DIY Bar Cart for Outdoor Entertaining Stocked with Drinks and Supplies
DIY Summer Bar Cart with Ice Cold Drinks

Need a bottle opener? No problem. Loving this handy hook!

DIY Outdoor Bart Cart with Bottle Opener Hook - Satori Design for Living

Take a straw if you’d like.

Summer Beverage Station with Paper Straws and Drinks
DIY Ikea Bar Cart Hack Using Thrifted Baby Change Table - Satori Design for Living

A fun outdoor bar setup, right?

DIY Outdoor Bar Cart Summer Beverage Station by Satori Design for Living

I wonder who our first guests will be? Did I mention I love summer outdoor entertaining?

Ready to see the other Outdoor Paint & Build-it Projects?

You’re going to love these ideas by some of my blogger friends. Be sure to stop by and say HELLO. We love comments!

Outdoor Paint and Build-it Project Ideas for the Outdoor Extravaganza hosted by Satori Design for Living

Painted Patio Furniture by Fynes Designs
Gardening Bench by Craftberry Bush
DIY Bar Cart for Outdoor Entertaining by Satori Design for Living
DIY Pallet Anchor Sign by The Happy Housie
Recycled Magazine Rack Outdoor Planter by Echoes of Laughter
Garden Bench Makeover by The Blissful Bee

We hope to see you at tomorrow’s big OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA link party!

Come share your projects from this spring and seasons past- plants & flowers projects, outdoor decorating & entertaining, paint & build-it projects, and so much more!

Satori Design for Living Outdoor Extravaganza 2015

Sending you sunshine!

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  1. Love it! I’m drooling over the door in the background – and really kicking myself. I was at Chintz and Co last week helping a girlfriend furnish her new place and out back they had two old (yuckily painted) doors that were free!! And I left them!! GRRRR

    1. Darn. I used to do that all the time until my husband said you can always take it back or give it away. My basement storage room is pretty much at capacity, though, so I need to be mindful for sure!

  2. What a great idea – good eye! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of use out of that this summer!

  3. Why yes, this is FUN, double right! I LOVE your bar cart Shauna, and what a fantastic idea. I would have loved seeing you tuck the change table into your car ;-) And yes, I’ll be there at 5 on the dot – how does tomorrow sound? Cheers, clink-clink!!

  4. Love this idea! When summer only last a few months in Alberta (when we’re lucky!!) it’s hard to justify spending so much on out door furniture. I am definitely going second hand furniture shopping this weekend to search for some pre-loved ikea gems. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Beautiful Shauna! I love that you added the bottle opener. Key to any summer entertaining :) Today is perfect weather to enjoy that bar cart :)

  6. I recently redid an old changing table and gifted it as a bar cart to my son for his new apt. He loves it!
    A great way to recycle!

    1. Thanks, Samantha! Yes, let’s repurpose them so they stay out of landfills. Handy, since you’re more apt to have a drink or two when baby doesn’t need the change table anymore. Win-win!

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