Revisiting Kitchen Cart Ideas: Help Small Spaces Live Large Now!

You probably remember my wee vintage industrial kitchen cart, and I don’t know how we ever survived without it. We had no room for a sprawling kitchen island and needed a realistic solution for a small space. It took time to hunt for just the right piece for this kitchen, and in case you are in considering a similar option, today’s post may help! Revisiting Kitchen Cart Ideas: Help Small spaces Live Large has inspiration photos as well as buying info.

Hello Lovely Studio's serene white kitchen with an industrial cart repurposed as a work table. #whitekitchens #europeancountry #coastalkitchen #industrialcart
Steel kitchen cart: vintage; painted with Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint. 30″ Fireclay Farm Sink: Signature Hardware (Reinhard). Faucet: Kohler Parq. Shaker style cabinetry, Schuler. Countertop: Viatera quartz – Minuet. Backsplash: Polished Venatino Marble Subway Mosaic (Lowe’s). Hardware: Stainless Modern Euro Bar. On cart: Ruffle Bowl, Crate & Barrel. Appliances: Bosch: 800 series.

Kitchen Cart Ideas to Help Small Spaces Live Larger

Whether your kitchen is postage stamp sized or even lofty with an existing island, there is probably a cart to help it function better.

Hello Lovely's European country kitchen with white cabinets, white oak hardwoods, and industrial steel cart. #europeancountry #kitchendesign
Design Ideas & Bar Carts for Home: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.

My own cart was needed for extra workspace, and these workhorses can do double and even triple duty as breakfast bars, drink stations, coffee bars, and baking tables.

Shaker style white cabinets in simple serene kitchen with white oak floors and Viatera Minuet quartz countertops - Hello Lovely Studio.

I’m including bar carts in the round-up as well since these versatile carts are helpful in a dining room, on a porch, and even in a bathroom for storage!

Terracotta urn with fall branches on the work table in my white European country modern French kitchen - Hello Lovely.

Vintage Steel Cart in My Kitchen

Have a peek at the video of the cart in my kitchen:

Inspiration: Furniture Island Makes a Charming Statement

Of her charming and hardworking kitchen work cart (below), Deborah of @bvintagestyle notes:

“One piece of advice I love to give my design clients who are renovating an older home, that may not have all the bells and whistles or the budget to add them, is to add a piece of furniture as an island. This beautiful island only cost me $250 almost 10 years ago…I added a couple vintage Hungarian olive baskets and some stools to it for storage and seating. Hooks on the side make it a great place to store pots and pans!”

Sue Monk Kidd quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #suemonkkidd

Use a Cart for a Bedside Table

Design Ideas & Bar Carts for Home: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.

Customize for Unique Island/Bar

You certainly don’t need to be sold on the particular existing color or hardware a ready-made cart or work table comes with. I love how Proverbs31Girl beautifully customized a standard cart from Bed, Bath, & Beyond for her lovely kitchen.

DIY kitchen work table island from a readymade cabinet by Proverbs13Girl. #diykitchenisland #kitchenworktable
Proverbs13Girl

She changed the finish of the wood top, swapped out the hardware, and added charming molding. See how she did it in the story HERE.

No Tools Kitchen Island In White
Kitchen Island, Bed Bath & Beyond

How cute is that!?!

DIY Kitchen Cart makeover by Proverbs31girl.
Photo/Design: Proverbs31girl. Smart & Stylish Kitchen Cart & Bar Cart Design Ideas: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.
Rumi quote about changing the world on Hello Lovely. #rumiquote #wisdomquotes

Opt for a Waste Bin Design

I was surprised at the low price of this hardworking kitchen cart at Home Depot.

Baxton Studio Yonkers Gray Kitchen Cart with Wood Top
Grey Cart With Waste Bin, Home Depot. Smart & Stylish Kitchen Cart & Bar Cart Design Ideas: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.
Moon quote by W. Clement Stone on Hello Lovely Studio. #moonquotes #encouragementquotes

Perk Up Your Patio, Pam

That heading title was uncalled for, but it’s just what popped into my brain when I set eyes upon this beauty. Don’t you love those wheels!?!

DuneBarCartS16
Metal Dune Bar Cart, Crate & Barrel
DuneBarCartOFRG16
Dune Bar Cart…Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.
DuneBarCartSdS16
Sleek Dune Bar Cart, Crate & Barrel

Add Instant Age to the Mix

You can always paint out a work table to suit your kitchen, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find one with a distressed finish that is just right.

Marlijo Rustic White Kitchen Cart
Rustic White Kitchen Cart, Amazon. Smart & Stylish Kitchen Cart & Bar Cart Design Ideas: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.

Help a Wee Kitchen (or Wee Budget)

I needed this sweet low priced piece in some of the small apartments we happily lived in!

StyleWell Gatefield Black Small Kitchen Cart with Rubber Wood Top
StyleWell Small Kitchen Cart, Home Depot. Smart & Stylish Kitchen Cart & Bar Cart Design Ideas: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.

Paint That Cart Pretty

What color would you paint it?

Rolling wood and steel kitchen utility cart
Rolling Kitchen Utility Cart, Amazon. Smart & Stylish Kitchen Cart & Bar Cart Design Ideas: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.

Add a Chic Bar Cart

We’re moving into more chic territory with this mirrored shelf beauty.

Kailman Bar Cart in Antique Gold
Kailman Midcentury Style Bar Cart With Mirrored Shelves, Amazon. Smart & Stylish Kitchen Cart & Bar Cart Design Ideas: Inspiration Photos as Well as Where to Buy Charming Work Tables for Your Kitchen. Kitchen Design Inspiration: Kitchen Cart, Work Table, and Bar Cart Design Ideas…certainly lovely indeed.

Silvery & Dreamy

And here’s a silver toned option which could work in any number of spaces because of its smart size.

Liz Gilbert quote on Hello Lovely Studio about creativity. #lizgilbert #encouragementquote #creativityquotes

Not Just for the Kitchen

Plenty of kitchen carts could work in entries, mud rooms, dining rooms, and rec rooms. Use it for storage and then bring it into service as a drink station when entertaining!

For the Patio

A collapsible bar cart that comes in a range of colorways and collapses to store? Yes, please!

Greenbush Bar Cart
32.6″Apple Green Bar Cart, Wayfair
Greenbush Bar Cart
Photo: Wayfair

Bar Cart in the Bath

Isn’t this a clever use of a pretty mirrored bar cart with a handpainted finish?

Richard Rohr quote about change on Hello Lovely Studio. #changequotes #richardrohr

Double Duty Bar Carts

Don’t you love pieces in your home that can be used everyday AND come to the rescue for entertaining guests?

Speaking of entertaining guests, here are a few more lovely casual finds that fall under that category.

WoodAndMarbleBarToolSetSHF19
Wood and Marble Bar Set, Crate & Barrel
PeakIceEverydayTrayROF18
Peak Everyday Ice Tray, Crate & Barrel
Hafez poetry on Hello Lovely Studio. #hafizpoem #hafezquote #feministquotes
Hello Lovely's white European country modern French kitchen with Minuet Viatera quartz counters, farm sink, industrial cart, and marble subway backsplash.

For even more inspiration for kitchen work tables and ready-made kitchen islands, do VISIT THIS.

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. June 21, 2019 / 11:06 am

    I’m a cart lover, always have been for some reason, although I must admit I don’t own one. Bar carts in particular have always amused me, but I have never needed one, so I simply admire them from afar. Maybe one day I will own one. OK, so I loved your Lovely Castle “for no good reason” video as well. I wonder how they have kept it going all these years? Wonder if it can be visited? Wouldn’t that be nice?

    • Michele
      Author
      June 21, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      I don’t have a bar cart either, but the idea of using one in the bath is growing on me! I need to begin boldly emailing these castle owners and asking for a little tour to film for my followers – so many ideas, so little time! Bon weekend, Celia. 🙂

  2. Purlin AI
    December 28, 2020 / 1:09 am

    Thanks for sharing this informative post. Those designs were unique, combining several design trends is not a bad idea. I like it

    • Michele
      Author
      December 28, 2020 / 11:02 am

      Thanks so much for reading and leaving kind footprints here. 🙂

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