Fin­der’s Fi

There’s no need to spend a for­tune on a new bar cart when you can bring a vin­tage trol­ley back to life. Here are two we pre­pared ear­lier…

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Fiona Ralph. Styling by Cather­ine Wilkin­son. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Rebekah Robin­son. Il­lus­tra­tion by Eve Kennedy.

Bring a vin­tage trol­ley back to life as a stylish bar cart

Bar carts are trend­ing, and the great news is that it’s easy to find a se­cond­hand ver­sion, which will save you some cash and guar­an­tee you an au­then­tic vin­tage look. Bar carts were a main­stay in many house­holds in the 1950s – al­though they pos­si­bly played the more de­mure role of tea trol­ley in your par­ents’ or grand­par­ents’ house! The pop­u­lar­ity of mid-century style, thanks in large part to Mad

Men, has wheeled them back into the spot­light. Look for trol­leys in vin­tage shops, op-shops and on Trade Me or In­sta­gram. There are plenty of styles to choose from, in­clud­ing wooden, brass and cane num­bers.

Gold glam­our

We found this three-tiered trol­ley at the Dove Hospice shop in Glen Innes for just $30. It was in great con­di­tion, but the black plastic wheels didn’t fit with the gold tones. We found four brass cas­tors to re­place them with. Both the brass and plastic wheels had grip-neck fit­tings so they were easy to swap, making this a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive up­cy­cle.

Art deco dream

Our wooden trol­ley was pur­chased on Trade Me for $50. Al­though it needed a bit of work, we could see it had po­ten­tial. It was painted dark brown and had a num­ber of scratches and marks, so our res­i­dent handy­man Bevin Mabey sanded back the paint. Two of the tray-top fix­tures were rot­ten so Bevin shaped new ones to match the orig­i­nals. The cas­tors were rusty and not turn­ing well, so Bevin took these off, brushed them with a wire brush and oiled them. He then fin­ished the trol­ley with two coats of satin var­nish. GOLD GLAM­OUR

+ Gold trol­ley from Dove Hospice $30 + Brass cas­tors from Fur­nacc $79.40


+ Wooden trol­ley from Trade Me $50 + Sand­pa­per Ap­prox $5

+ Var­nish Ap­prox $15


STYLIST’S TIPS Af­ter you’ve smartened up your cart, styling it is half the fun – whether you want to cre­ate a cock­tail cor­ner or some ex­tra stor­age. Above Dis­play your trea­sured pos­ses­sions on a sculp­tural wooden cart – it’s the per­fect home for a stack of books and a col­lec­tion of pot plants. Op­po­site Go glam with a retro trol­ley stocked with your favourite tip­ple and a few stylish pieces of vin­tage stemware.

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