Vintage bar cart end table

Vintage bar cart used as an end table in the living room

I made a change in the living room the other weekend.

I switched out a small end table for my grandmother’s vintage bar cart. I’ve envisioned using this cart as an end table for as long as I’ve had it, and I love how it looks in the living room.

The top tray is the perfect height for a lamp, and the shelves give us more space for the phone, answering machine (we’re still old-school here in the country), some storage and display, and even some room left over for a drink and a snack.

Plus the brass, glass and wood is pretty.

Vintage bar cart used as an end table in the living room

Bar carts have become so popular. I think the reason is in part because they are such versatile furniture.

In my grandmother’s house, this cart lived in a corner of the dining room and held her silver tea set. As much as my grandmother enjoyed an adult beverage now and then, this cart was known as a tea cart.

When it came to our (first) house, it served the same purpose, sitting in our dining room and holding my silver tea set.

It did that for awhile here at the farm too. But I knew it could do more.

Vintage wood and brass tea cart

When we added the third part of our new-to-us china cabinet to the dining room, the tea cart got a chance to try something new and moved in to the living room.

It will be here for at least awhile. But I’m also envisioning it in a bedroom as a night table. So much potential…

Do you have a bar cart at your house? How do you use it? Are you a fan of bar carts? Have you ever heard of a tea cart?

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4 thoughts on “Vintage bar cart end table

  1. I like how the glass makes it feel light and airy. And anytime a piece has sentimental value, it automatically gets my approval.

    We don’t have a bar cart at home, but we watch a lot of “Flea Market Flip” and bar carts are very popular on there!

  2. That looks stunning! I had to stare at the picture for a bit to see if it was your house or an inspiration photo from Houzz or something. 🙂 Instead of moving it to the bedroom later, why not look for another bar cart in your flea market and garage sale browsing and leave this perfect one where it is? You’re right, they are such handy and versatile furniture pieces.
    I have heard of a tea cart, but I don’t know if it is a repurposed bar cart or some other animal altogether.

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