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?

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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. 🙂

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 I 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 😀

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 😀

Thanks for reading & stay inspired!

Frenchie xo

$10 Linen Closet Makeover

The Frenchie household has just moved from Rhode Island to barely-over-the-border-of Massachusetts where we bought a nice old house from the 20’s. It had recently been renovated to a degree, but no matter how much renovating someone else can do, everyone wants to make a space their own.

So I started with paint. It’s the easiest and most cost effective way to change the feel of a room on a budget. After having painted our bedroom, I had a bit of paint left over from my accent wall and with a shrug I had put it aside figuring I’d “find a way to use it”.

And then, when I opened up my disgusting linen closet that probably hadn’t been touched since the 70’s, I found a way to use it.

You can't see it here, but there's some totally wrongtious orange carpet on the floor.

You can’t see it here, but there’s some totally wrongtious orange carpet on the floor.

Also, that fern contact paper had to go. So Mr. Frenchie and I added it to our Home Depot list, and wahoo! Found some “faux leather” (la de da!) contact paper on sale for $7/roll. I grabbed one roll and actually ended up able to cover all four shelves.  You can’t really tell there is a faux leather detail, not even really up close, but we didn’t care. We only bought it because it was black, and $7.

Also, I suck at contact paper.

Also, I suck at contact paper.

But just changing the shelves wasn’t enough for me. How could it be when I had some totally radical peacock blue paint left over? Seriously.

The best colour in the world.

The best colour in the world.

And I slapped it all over the walls. I didn’t paint all the way up to the ceiling because I didn’t have enough paint, and I only painted one coat, but I’ve got to say, Behr Ultra is some pretty fantastic paint and I only needed one coat. And also, it’s a linen closet so really, who cares.

All of those post thingies sticking out stabbed me like 78 times. I wish I could have gotten them out, but they weren't budging.

All of those brackets sticking out stabbed me like 78 times. I wish I could have gotten them out, but they weren’t budging.

And then because painting the walls wasn’t enough for me, I painted the door black. Well, actually I painted the door black because I’m painting all of my doors black.

 

It looks soooooooooooo cute with my crayola "flesh" walls, doesn't it? =P

It looks soooooooooooo cute with my crayola “flesh” walls, doesn’t it? =P

And then in went the shelves! …which was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be because the shelves were really long and heavy (the closet goes really far into the right) and the space was pretty shallow.

Yeah, one or two of them fell on my head.

Yeah, one or two of them fell on my head.

And then I put all my crap inside!

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See that rug?! I’m afraid of what’s underneath, so I let it stay.

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I wonder how long it will stay this neat?

 

 

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It’ll look much better when my hall is grey too!

The only thing that bums me out a bit is that I couldn’t really get any good photos of the finished product. Whoever designed the house figured it was a fantastic idea to not put a light in that hallway. You know, where all the other lights in the house are blocked by walls? No light in the closet either, so I’ll have to find a solution for that one.

Now who wants some fluffy towels?

Now who wants some fluffy towels?

So there you have it, my roughly $10 (because I probably used a good $10 worth of paint on my room) linen closet makeover! Thanks for having a look & stay inspired!

Frenchie xo