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Upcycled Serving Trays from Bar Cart Parts

I just have to say I have the coolest friends and family. They know my #trashure lovin’ heart and vision for other people’s unwanteds. This time around I am sharing how these cast-off Target bar cart parts gets turned into upcycled serving trays. It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday too, so you’ll get to see what my blogger friends have for you too. Hooray!

Target Bar Cart Parts Before Upcycled Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Would you have passed up these bar cart pieces if offered to you? When Mandy sent me the picture of them, I was kinda like…fun! Most often I am up to a good challenge. This caught my interest because I adore carts. You can see all my makeovers of them in these posts.


First, to get these upcycled serving trays started, I first decided to use my hacksaw to remove the handle on the top cart tray. I’ve created a video tutorial of my steps below in addition to the steps in this post.

Next, I used the hacksaw to cut off the threaded bolts that extended out of the bottom of the top tier. Those bolts are where the legs would have been attached to form the cart. I also demonstrate in the video that I added holes to one end of the top tier. That’s because there were holes at the corners in both trays except one end. You’ll see my reasoning in a bit.

Since I cut the metal, I need to grind it down to make it safe for fingers and hands. Out comes my favorite Dremel Rotary Tool to play. I requested this as a birthday gift nearly 12 years ago and I hoard it to myself I love it that much. JC has to have special permission because he can be rough with tools! tee hee!

Dremel Rotary Tool to tackle DIY projects in and around your home | by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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Notice I’m using the grinding stone attachment. This allows me to safely, quickly, and easily get rid of those metal burrs and get the surface smooth. Take a peek at the video to see how easy it really is.

Using Dremel Grinding Stone Attachment to Smooth Cut Metal |

First, I grind down the top where I removed the handle, then I tackled the threaded bolts on the bottom. *note: I could have used my Dremel with a cutting attachment instead of the hacksaw, but I wanted to show you that it could be done without power tools. I could also have ground down this metal by hand with a steel file too. I did use some of those as well.

Grinding Bolts Smooth with Dremel Stone Attachment by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Once I got the metal prepped, I removed the wooden insets and set up my small spray shelter and turn table to get ready to paint.

Spray Painting Upcycled Serving Trays |

I chose to use a satin paint in Espresso to accent the wood insets. Not that I didn’t like the gold, but I wanted to make this more of a rustic set rather than a Mid Century vibe.

Then, after two coats of the paint (letting cure in between), I cut wooden feet to take these upcycled serving trays to a new height…literally.

Staining Wood Feet for Upcycled Serving Tray |

Notice I added a few triangle pieces of scrap using my jigsaw to cut them out, and my nailer to attach. This gave me the proper base for adding the feet. Again the video gives the best idea of how this worked out. Finally, I attached the feet using a countersunk screw with my drill.

Attaching Upcycled Serving Tray Feet |

However, before I can call this project complete, I added lengths of dowel to each hole that existed to add a wood accent touch, but also prevent fingers from getting stuck. We all have that child that likes to poke fingers where they don’t belong. tsk.

Inserting Dowel into Holes |


Last, but not least, it’s time to show you how these upcycled serving trays came to fruition.

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I’m so delighted with the outcome of these upcycled serving trays. One looks good on my patio dining table with my DIY faux fireplace as the backdrop.

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I literally think just about everything on my patio is handmade or found at the thrift store or from Curb le Chic (aka. #trashure)

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I’ll add the links below to all my tutorials for this space. It’s hard to believe we did all this by ourselves and on a very tight budget. Here’s to DIY!

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The second tray works as shown on my coffee table. I just love having accents like this to decorate, but that also serve a functional purpose.

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You can see all I have to offer from redeemed furniture, to vintage finds, to handmade goods.

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Do pin and share these upcycled serving trays to inspire others to see past the obvious (missing parts) to the potential.

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Up next, I’m pulling this large cupboard door out of my stash-to-end-all-stashes of cupboard doors. Any guesses as to what it will become? Come on over to see – head HERE.

Cupboard Door Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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16 replies on “Upcycled Serving Trays from Bar Cart Parts”

Larissa, you’re amazing! Only you would see serving trays in an old bar cart. Fantastic repurpose, as always and they look great in your gorgeous pergola space.

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