I finally got around to stocking our DIY IKEA bar cart yesterday (click the link to read how to do it yourself!) and wanted to share our bar cart details with you. Also, as Valentine's day is fast-approaching, I thought it was a good idea to follow up on my DIY post for those who missed it and are looking for gift ideas.
I'm not actually big on Valentine's day itself, but I've been wanting to get a bar cart for A and add some decorative pieces to our home, so it was a good excuse.
We drove all over Massachusetts yesterday getting errands done. Our original plan was to stop by IKEA (again) to exchange my ALEX drawer unit - which was mistakenly packaged with half black-brown and half white pieces...weird - and pick up a few pieces for the bar cart and hangings for our new mirror (which I love! It is massive which is perfect for the massive bare wall in the center of our living area downstairs). IKEA didn't have any pieces we liked (for the bar cart), and neither did Target, so we searched for the nearest Crate and Barrel where we picked up this stainless steel shaker, these whiskey glasses (in the 10 oz. size), and this moscow mule mug (which I love because it's sleek, copper, and it's a fancy mug for me to drink my favorite ginger beer out of!). We waffled between the shaker pictured above and this one, which is copper and slightly less expensive, but ultimately decided on the stainless steel because of its pretty, vintage shape.
The rest of the glassware on the middle shelf (behind the front row) are pieces we already had - the stemmed wine glasses are from IKEA, the stemless wine glasses are from Target, and the martini glasses, which have the prettiest slight tinge of gold, were a Christmas Tree Shops find.
The Crate and Barrel was located in a shopping center that I'll have to revisit sometime. The Derby Street Shoppes had stores like Kate Spade, Madewell, Bluemercury, and even Whole Foods, the latter of which was fortuitous because we needed to pick up some groceries anyway. After the Shoppes, we trekked to our final destination, Trader Joe's (see my Trader Joe's-loyal, banana bread recipe post).
Rhode Island state law prevents grocery stores from selling liquor, which is both inconvenient and unfortunate because hello, 2-buck Chuck? This isn't the case in Mass, and we learned that the Trader Joe's we stopped by yesterday is only a 30-minute drive from Providence (less than without traffic), so we've decided to shop there every once in a while from now on. We still stocked up, though - 9 bottles of red for less than $50? Had to.
Which shelf is whose?
I'm not much of a drinker, but when I do have a drink, I prefer a sweet, bubbly moscato or something like Verdi. (Can you tell I don't drink?) My favorite moscato is Primo Amore, which is difficult to source, so I picked up the D'Asti (my sister's favorite). Isn't it a pretty bottle? The Sauvignon Blanc is for one of our favorite pasta dishes, which we'll be making this week. Let me know if you'd like a recipe post!
What do you think of our bar cart details? Look out for more 'details' posts in the near future!