Apparently, David and I have a lot of booze and booze-related accessories. Don’t judge- there’s a lot of items involved when making cocktails! We’ve got wine glasses, beer steins, bottles of everything, bottle openers, mixers, shot glasses, etc. and we needed a place to keep them all together. Also, we have people over all the time, and I didn’t want them to dig through a random kitchen cabinet when helping themselves to a glass of wine. Therefore, I knew I wanted/needed a bar cart or bar cabinet situation. I kept my eyes peeled for something that could hold all our bar goods on Craigslist, and I shopped around a few antiques stores in town for months. I never found anything that clicked with my vision (and my pocket book) UNTIL THIS:
This random display cabinet was going up for auction at Lewis & Maese for a whopping $10.
We went the auction with low hopes. I get outbid most of the time, and then I get depressed. However, we got lucky on this one! Everyone else must have considered it junk because no one else bid on it, and we took that bad boy home for $10! Maybe other bidders were turned off by the blue foot shaped handles it had on it. That’s right. You read that correctly. I said BLUE FOOT SHAPED HANDLES.
Here’s what it looked like when we took it home. Not particularly impressive:
It was a drab, dirty cabinet.
I had a vision for it though! First, I cleaned it. Then, I put a bright new coat of paint on it. I’m a believer in paint healing most problems. See! It’s looking better already:
In fact, I whitewashed it with the same color of white I’ve used on the trim and doors throughout the house. Here’s a close up of the paint job:
Then I added this vintage wallpaper to the inside back of the cabinet:
I purchased this wallpaper a while back on eBay, and I had been dying to use it. I originally thought I was going to use it in our entryway to add some snazz, but apparently our walls are waaay to wonky and crooked for it to look good. So in the cabinet it went!
Cute huh?! Next, I had the hubby add shelves and the upside down wine glass holder thingies:
Poor guy. He had to work around the glasses that I was already placing in the cabinet out of excitement. This is how the top half of the cabinet turned out. Apologies for the so so lighting:
This is the “middle” section:
We randomly found these wooden wine bottle holder thingies at Historic Houston Salvage, and they fit PERFECTLY in the bottom half of the cabinet. When I originally purchased them, I did not have a plan for them. I just picked them up because they were cheap and I knew I’d find a use for them.
Sometimes my hoarding pays off:
All in all, here’s how the project turned out:
And here is is in the overall space:
Now let’s have a drink!