A DIY Bar Cart Project – practical glamour on a budget!

I confess… I have a Pinterest addiction. So incredibly useful and inspiring… but also so easy to waste hours in the guilty pleasure of browsing what is essentially, DIY porn. Anyway, when searching for a suitable project to undertake as a wedding gift for my brother and his beautiful new wife … thanks to my Pinterest habit, I knew a bar cart would be the perfect fit!

I wanted to create something special, not only a lovely piece of furniture, but all the bits and pieces that would turn that into a useful and beautiful part of their home! Not to mention, styling is one of my favourite things and I couldn’t wait to get stuck into this!


Pinterest inspiration

Firstly, I needed a colour scheme! I wanted something with a retro feel that would still fit into a modern home, and with a touch of glamour! Personally, I gravitate toward bold and bright colours, but I thought this would be the perfect excuse to expand my horizons, so I chose a lovely mint colour, Resene “Fringy Flower” (I admit, the lame name nearly put me off!), with accents of copper and apricot.


Resene “Fringy Flower”, “Copper Fire” and “Apricot”

I found this old oak tea trolley on Trademe and it fit the bill perfectly! Small and simple and the wood (oak) still in excellent condition.



Part 1: Creating the Bar Cart

I removed the wheels first and sanded back the entire piece. Since my plan was to distress the wood after painting, I did not use an undercoat – I wanted some of the lovely oak grain to show through. I applied two coats of the mint colour (a semi gloss enamel).

I then used a copper spray paint to create a “dip dyed” effect on the legs. Finally, I distressed the mint slightly with sandpaper and rubbed the entire piece with a dark furniture wax, to accent the distressed parts and add a layer of protection.


Under mount wine glass rack

I also used the copper spray paint to apply several coats to the 2 racks I had sourced – both stainless steel. Both were very inexpensive! The one the left was to attach directly to the trolley to hang wine glasses on, the other was to store liquor bottles.



Finished trolley with racks

Part 2: Outfitting the bar!

I had so much fun with this! I sourced pretty and practical accessories from a wide range of places. Some vintage, some new, some I added some colour to myself. Here are a couple of basic items I jazzed up to match the colour scheme!bar cartAnd here is the result (everything but the wheels which were still being restored when I took these!)20150427_102211 20150427_102149 20150426_181820 20150426_181456

Trademe  – second hand trolley, new mounted wine rack, vintage decanter set, vintage placemat and coaster set
Resene – paint mint “Fringy Flower”, metallic “Copper Fire” and various metallic test pots
Freedom – wooden bowl (painted in metallic accents above), white plate (painted copper), faux Protea
Look Sharp – Coloured straws, napkins, faux lemons
Collected – Copper hook, copper metallic Washi bag
Spotlight – Marquee letters
Warehouse – Cocktail shaker and matching ice bucket, glass copper vase, gold tea light holder, glass water jug, tea towels
Stevens – Cocktail measure and muddler, small bamboo chopping board (hanging)
Paper Plus – cocktail book
Kmart – Wine rack

I hope you enjoyed this post and are maybe even inspired to create your own beautiful “after 5” station (isn’t it 5-o-clock somewhere!). And, if you have created your own bar area at home, I would LOVE you to share with me!

Lorelei Louise xx

WIN a Hollywood Glamour Photoshoot and Makeover!

I am so very excited to be sharing this amazing opportunity to be won by one of you beautiful ladies!

Recently, I did a film noir styled photoshoot with the lovely Rosemary Morris of Photoshoot.co.nz – blog post here.

LL04 (1024x733)My makeup look was created by the very talented Katy of Bella Rouge Makeup.

Katy has also done a vintage style shoot with Rosemary, here are a few fabulous shots from that! (H&MU by Katy)

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We had such fun working together that we’ve decided to team up again, and do a photo shoot starring none other but … the lucky winner of this competition! AND not only that, the winner will also get to wear a selection of fabulous outfits from the treasure trove of Tock Tick Vintage!

The package will include:

  • A  film noir styled photoshoot with Rosemary Morris at their West Auckland based studio (approx 1 1/2 hours plus time for H&MU and styling) and including 6 high resolution edited images
  • Professional makeup by Katy of Bella Rouge Makeup
  • If desired – vintage hairstyle by Katy and myself
  • Wardrobe and styling by myself and La Vonne of Tock Tick Vintage

How to Enter: (SO EASY!)
Just click on the below link!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Visit the pages of each of the wonderful collaborators in this giveaway, like or comment as desired. For bonus entries, comment on this blog post with which old Hollywood starlet would be your inspiration if you won this amazing prize! Yes, you can think of more than one, and tell me why they inspire you!

I can’t wait to find out who the winner will be and be a part of helping them create some beautiful images!

Lorelei Louise xx

Terms and Conditions:
Winner will be chosen at random
Winner must be available to be at the studio on a date to be mutually agreed on by all parties, for styling, hair and makeup and the photoshoot (So Auckland region based ladies only please, unless you are willing to travel at your own expense!)
Winner will send their measurements, so correct sized clothing choices can be chosen.
Winner agrees that all images resulting can be used for promotional purposes.

To Miss Pinup NZ 2015, and beyond!

Well 8 days from now I will be standing on the stage at the Very Vintage Day Out, vying the the title of Miss Pinup NZ with 9 other lovely ladies!10346362_769226946494142_5164684042388143440_n I think I can safely speak for all of us in saying that this close to the big day, there is plenty of practice going on! There are some nerves, perhaps a niggle of self doubt, but also confidence and loads of excitement and anticipation! Maybe some last minute prop making, final outfit fittings and details. Packing, more practising, some promotion! There is much preparation that goes on in the many months beforehand! I know everyone has worked very hard and it’s and honour to think I will be standing up next to such diverse and deserving ladies. And I am very much looking forward to all of the events over the Very Vintage Weekend, as well as the pageant itself of course! rosietheriveter_youcandoit I attended the very first Very Vintage Day Out in 2012. I had been super excited about this event, as I hadn’t been to anything like it before! However only the week before the event, my partner passed away suddenly. I did decide to go anyway, as I thought it might lift my spirits if such a thing was possible, and I had my ticket already. If anything, I thought this was as good a thing to do with myself as any, being at a complete loss as how to fill in days of the devastating reality of being conscience… I held myself together pretty well and it was a good distraction. I did my very first vintage hair tutorial and became very inspired to try new things at home! In the years since, I have become much more involved in the vintage lifestyle scene, and really discovered a whole new world of like minded people. I’ve experimented with new hair colours (pink, purple, blue, red, platinum blonde!), skirt styles (hello swing skirt and petticoats!) and really played with my love of colour, fashion and vintage. I’ve learned how to do vintage hair and makeup. I’ve developed so much self confidence. I’ve had plenty of rough times, and came out the other side more self aware, and with wisdom to share. Entering Miss Pinup this year feels like the culmination of some years of personal change, self discovery and conquering of demons and at the same time a milestone that marks a fresh start. Becoming Miss Pinup NZ, and a role model for something I feel so passionately about would be a dream come true. I feel I would have something unique to offer – a practical and relatable approach to being a pinup. That you don’t have to have a huge budget, or loads of time, have a certain figure, be a certain age to be a strong and confident woman who can look and feel a little bit glamorous every day! That life can get you down, but there are so many ways to pick yourself back up again. I love sharing with others things I have learned on my own journey, and it would be a wonderful opportunity. But regardless of the outcome of this competition, I will walk away with a huge life experience, new skills I’ve challenged myself to learn and the knowledge that I can do something like this! This year I am making the leap to follow my passions – to focus on writing and my blog, to pursue more pinup modelling, to speak out about issues that are close to my heart and to develop my creative side.. and hopefully begin a new career path that combines all of my loves together! If you haven’t yet voted for your favourite finalist – make it count and click on the link below! Take me to voting!  I feel so lucky to be part of such a supportive community, and to have some amazing friends who have been my cheerleaders and offered their practical help from day one! You know who you are 🙂

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MM, always my inspiration!

After the competition, I have some exciting things coming up here on my blog! I am following my passion for design and colour and starting studies in interior design, so I will be beginning regular features on home style and more DIY projects. AND just a teaser, I have a very very exciting giveaway to announce soon! I hope to see many of you next Saturday! Until then, Miss Lorelei Louise xx