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!
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.
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.
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.
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!And here is the result (everything but the wheels which were still being restored when I took these!)
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