Everybody Needs a Bar Cart

Everybody needs a bar cart, or at least that’s how current home blogs, pinterest pins, and instagrams tell us. BAR CART BAR CART BAR CART.

And of course, I’m sitting there nodding my head, completely hypnotized. Yes. A bar cart. So chic. So classy. So actually sort of unnecessary since we don’t drink all that much, but yes. Let’s do it.

Besides, now that we’re adults and stuff, alcohol tends to be the gift we receive. Even though we don’t drink much of it we do need somewhere to put it, so instead of stuffing it away in a closet to be forgotten, why not put it on display? Maybe even remember to actually crack open that bottle of wine or offer our guests a cocktail?

Barcartbefore

Not so cute.

I had acquired this vanity somewhere between 2008 and 2009 from someone who was about to toss it because she had “outgrown” it. Initially I had rescued it and actually used it for its purpose. For a good 3 years. Then I decided it was kind of a hassle and took up too much space in my bathroom so I took the mirror off, stuffed it in the studio and let it gather…. stuff. πŸ™‚

And yes, by stuff I mean chocolate. I kept all my chocolate on it.

And yes, by stuff I mean chocolate. I kept all my chocolate on it.

When we moved I wasn’t able to part with it just yet. Who knows when you’ll need a mirrorless vanity! We initially put it in the dining room as a junk collector but when IΒ finally unpacked that room, we set it up as pictured above and we liked it, except for the fact that it was hideous.

Now if there is anything I want people to take away from this blog, it’s how effective a simple paint job is. We saw what it did to my linen closet, I will be showing you what it does to various other rooms in my house, and it happened here as well.

SLEEK, CHIC, ALCOHOLIQUE!

SLEEK, CHIC, ALCOHOLIQUE!

Before I painted all this, I went out to Target to find a little tray for our shot glasses. Why does everyone give us shot glasses? I’ve never taken a shot in my life. But we have a million of them, and there was one set that was super cute so I figured even though they’ll likely never be used, they’re good to display

Coconut Rum, however, I do use. Mix with vodka and most juices :D

Coconut Rum, however, I do use. Mix with vodka and most juices πŸ˜€

Now I don’t know if you noticed an old brown end table in the initial picture, but yes, that got a makeover as well, with some leftover bathroom paint.

Adding a little colour to the monochromatic proceedings

Adding a little colour to the monochromatic proceedings

Because some wines just don’t fit in our wine bottle holder (which still needs to be mounted to the wall). My favourite to display, of course, is a very special wine that a friend gave me for my wedding.

Because when you can't write... drink?

Because when you can’t write… drink?

Also, in the background there is Ed Hardy Sangria in Red. Don’t turn up your nose at the novelty of it. It’s freaking delicious.

But my favourite part, is another gift that we received for our wedding (from that same friend!): a Swarovski wine bottle topper. I remember working in the Swarovski outlet and during the slow times, we would plan out our Swarovski home decor. Thanks for getting us started, Dani!

Because everything should sparkle except for vampires.

Because everything should sparkle except for vampires.

We’ve got a couple things left to do to make this little bar station exactly how we want it, but in two days, I think I’ve gotten a good amount of it done!

Do you have a bar cart in your home? I’d love to see it! Drop me a link so I can check it out and link back πŸ˜€

Thanks for reading & stay inspired!

Frenchie xo

Foiled!: A Tiny Table Makeover

Growing up my parents had a little end table in the kitchen were the yellow and white pages sat on a shelf, and my mother’s address books hung out in a drawer. Fast forward to when I got my own place, and it sat in the hallway of our second apartment. Here it gathered mail, keys, junk, junk, and more junk.

When we moved to the Boulevard, I knew I wanted to take it, but definitely didn’t want it collecting crap anymore. We have a grand total of…… THREE actual closets in this house, and we actually like that. It gives us less place to hide things. As far as I’m concerned, Β that goes for decorative tables as well.

The problem with this table is, well, it wasn’t very… decorative. At all.

It's wasn't hideous, but it didn't exactly stand out in a crowd either.

It’s wasn’t hideous, but it didn’t exactly stand out in a crowd either.

A couple years ago, I had seen a blog post where a woman had foiled her entire dining room table. I was in love with the idea, but Mr. Frenchie was not. Or rather, he was skeptical. ..really. Skeptical.

So one night I thought to myself. Why not foil the take out table then? (as I intend to use the drawer for our takeout menus) So I did.

The Goods.

The Goods.

I used fabric mod podge because I have no patience and it’s all I had on hand. For a table that gets more heavy traffic, you might want to use the appropriate kind, but once it’s all sealed, it really doesn’t even matter.

The best part about this project is how inexpensive it was! Only a few feet of tin foil :D

Don’t actually keep your phone nearby. It will get mod podgey.

The best part about this project is how inexpensive it was! I only ended up using a few feet of tin foil. πŸ˜€ I crinkled it up slightly before I applied it to get a nice crinkly texture.

Process

It’s very important to take a super filtered photo of your process for Instagram.

And then…

 

TADA!

TADA!

Now it’s all, quite literally, shiny and new! (I even touched up the black a little bit where it had worn down)

Eventually I want to get a simple bamboo planter to replace my frogs with, but they needed a home and they’re cute. πŸ™‚ You’ll also notice I painted the walls of the dining room a totally gorgeous grey. That’s the main colour of our home as we fight the war on that horrendous peach.

BeforeandAfterFTable

And there you have it! My foiled table! We’ve decided against foiling the dining room table so our room doesn’t look like one giant turkey dinner, but I’m glad to have gotten it out of my system and I love my new takeout/cookbook table!

Thanks for reading & stay inspired!

Frenchie xo