DIY Party Cart complete with a Drink Station!
With warm weather here and Memorial Day fast approaching, I wanted to make sure I had my party and hosting supplies at the ready!  I picked up this little cart at a garage sale for only $3!  With a few modifications and a simple bucket from Home Depot I created this fun Drink and snack cart!
Bar Cart before redouxinteriors
The top was not as big as I wanted. To solve this problem, I simply added a large piece of 3/4″ MDF on top of it and secured it with Liquid Nails.
For my Drink bucket, I picked up this Galvanized Bucket I picked up from Home Depot.
Galvanized bucket before painting redouxinteriors
I wanted to create a top for my bucket. The sun where I live is quite intense and I wanted my ice to not melt when we were outside.  I also had some free paint on hand I wanted to use up.  This is Google Red!  It was actually leftover from a friend who had painted the interior offices of Google.  I have friends in high places….
Top for bucket round cut mdf redouxinteriors
To make this (slightly imperfect round top) just turn the bucket over and trace around the edge with a carpenters pencil, or regular joe pencil.
Spray Paint Galvanized bucket redouxinteriors
I purchased this inexpensive handle at Home Depot as well and added it to the center.  applied (I bought two handles, and decided to go with one).
handle on chillax bucket redouxinteriors
Because my cart is going to live outside, and this interior paint, I used a heavy duty primer.  I don’t plan to let my cart sit in the rain, but this will help protect the finish.  
Primed Bar Cart redouxinteriors
I used the red in several places for outside!  Including this Pallet turned hanging Garden.
I spray painted the bucket with Rustoleum in “Paprika” and stenciled some fun letters on it.  I wanted a bold statement, so I just used standard house number stencils, used a yellow and black paint pent to fill it in and Voila,!  we are ready for our next party!
Metal Bucket turned drink bucket Redouxinteriors
I love that my cart has a lid, when it is in direct sunlight, it will keep the drinks colder. I used an old basket, painted it the same color as the bucket.  Now we have a fun bar cart, a place to stash extra snacks, cups or party supplies. All we need now are some friends to come over and enjoy it!


  1. cassie

    so adorable! i love the happy color mix!

  2. Bridget

    Such a great idea. Love the color combo. Your hydrangeas are beautiful.

  3. flashydiva

    where exactly did you add the handle to the bucket? I’m so making this! and the hanging garden pallet- luv luv your site,,,,,,,,,,,

  4. Bliss

    Pinned it.

  5. Suffering Husband

    FWIW, this is my personal favorite.

  6. Louise

    What a great idea!!


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