A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth

Retro DIY Portable Bar

With the amount of events we throw at the Sugar & Cloth studio, it was only a matter of time before we broke down and made a bar cart that was easy to move around while also being able to serve lots of cocktails from. Of course it couldn’t be any old design, so I had the grand idea to make this retro DIY portable bar after some serious internet product stalking. You’ll actually be super shocked at how easy this is to make, and it’s legitimately portable enough to fold back up into a carrying case. For real. You can thank me after your next evening soiree.

In fact, this project is so simple “to make”, I almost feel bad calling it a DIY. Technically it’s more of an… aesthetic twist, if you will. Here’s why…

A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth

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It has a really cool kidney bean shape, which makes it the perfect retro cocktail stand and super easy to customize. In fact, you don’t even need to change the base and high gloss white countertop.

All we did was paint the foldable podium wall with the BIN shellac primer first, then let it dry completely. Next we painted two coats of white plastic spray paint over the entire side panel, let it dry completely, and then put a clear shellac high gloss top coat over that.

Now you can customize it with adhesive vinyl decals. We cut a pink scalloped trim from pink adhesive vinyl, and then a metallic gold decal from vinyl as well using a Cricut machine.

Just be careful when you’re applying the decals that they’re the permanent adhesive kind if you’re planning to have it weather some temperatures or humidity. Originally we had the temporary decals, and it didn’t like being maneuvered much at all after that.

On the the other hand, once you have the permanent vinyl in place, it doesn’t like to move either, so heads up!

A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth

It definitely seems like an investment piece at around $150 for the whole bar, but it’s actually a super budget friendly option for how customizable and modern it can be. I had THE HARDEST time trying to find anything that was under $100 and didn’t look like reclaimed wood before this!

So what do you think?! Pretty interesting use of a token conference product, right?! You know me, I don’t like to do things inside the box, haha.

This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission using Shopstyle, Reward Style, and/or Amazon Associates.

A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth

Retro DIY Portable Bar

With the amount of events we throw at the Sugar & Cloth studio, it was only a matter of time before we broke down and made a bar cart that was easy to move around while also being able to serve lots of cocktails from. Of course it couldn’t be any old design, so I had the grand idea to make this retro DIY portable bar after some serious internet product stalking. You’ll actually be super shocked at how easy this is to make, and it’s legitimately portable enough to fold back up into a carrying case. For real. You can thank me after your next evening soiree.

In fact, this project is so simple “to make”, I almost feel bad calling it a DIY. Technically it’s more of an… aesthetic twist, if you will. Here’s why…

A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth

MY LATEST VIDEOS

So, we’re basicaly revamping a portable conference podium. It’s true.

MY LATEST VIDEOS

It has a really cool kidney bean shape, which makes it the perfect retro cocktail stand and super easy to customize. In fact, you don’t even need to change the base and high gloss white countertop.

All we did was paint the foldable podium wall with the BIN shellac primer first, then let it dry completely. Next we painted two coats of white plastic spray paint over the entire side panel, let it dry completely, and then put a clear shellac high gloss top coat over that.

Now you can customize it with adhesive vinyl decals. We cut a pink scalloped trim from pink adhesive vinyl, and then a metallic gold decal from vinyl as well using a Cricut machine.

Just be careful when you’re applying the decals that they’re the permanent adhesive kind if you’re planning to have it weather some temperatures or humidity. Originally we had the temporary decals, and it didn’t like being maneuvered much at all after that.

On the the other hand, once you have the permanent vinyl in place, it doesn’t like to move either, so heads up!

A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth A retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and clothA retro DIY portable cocktail bar for entertaining this Summer! - sugar and cloth

It definitely seems like an investment piece at around $150 for the whole bar, but it’s actually a super budget friendly option for how customizable and modern it can be. I had THE HARDEST time trying to find anything that was under $100 and didn’t look like reclaimed wood before this!

So what do you think?! Pretty interesting use of a token conference product, right?! You know me, I don’t like to do things inside the box, haha.

This post may contain affiliate links which won’t change your price but will share some commission using Shopstyle, Reward Style, and/or Amazon Associates.

Comments

  • Trina

    03.23.16

    Holy Moly! i want one for my home! I love the pink scallop bunting and the gold letters! Interesting indeed!

    • Ashley said:

      I can’t resist adding a little touch of pink ;)

    • Ashley said:

      THanks monique! xox

    • Ashley said:

      it really is! there’s even storage on the backside!

  • Vicki

    03.24.16

    That is too cool! i’d love to use that for a craft show!!

    • Ashley said:

      I didn’t even think of that! It would be perfect for shows!

  • Rose

    03.28.16

    Im new to your site…is there a resource for the podium? Im unable to click thru

    • Ashley said:

      So sorry you’re having trouble! We’ll have to link into that! In the meantime you can find the podium right here http://bit.ly/21Szplq

  • I love love love this! I have a gold bar cart that i definitely love, but being able to take this to different venues–and being able to hide things behind the counter–makes me want this one too! (How many bars is too many to own before someone stages an intervention?)

    • Ashley said:

      haha! Well versatility is a better way to look at it than hoarding, haha ;)

  • Terry Tyson

    05.25.16

    Can you tell me when its time to pack it up can you put it back in the carry case or will that make the paint crack and peel?

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