I recently ‘inherited’ a dresser from a friend. When I opened the front doors on the cabinet, I knew it would make a perfect bar. A wonderful storage spot for bottles of liquor, drawers for all the bar gadgets and linens, and a perfect spot towards the bottom for hanging wine glass storage. Can you picture it?
I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas. Here are a few examples I am using for inspiration.
I’m going for a more elegant feel that I think black paint will provide. To take it up another notch, I will paint the interior gold or I will try to find really unique wall paper with a gold tint and unexpected pattern. I’m hoping the drawer hardware will work, but I will have to replace the cabinet lock. I’ll just have to see how all the hardware matches up. I have used chalk paint for other projects, but I am planning to use latex paint for this project. I am going for elegant on this project vs. shabby chic. A coat of polyurethane will also be essential to ensure the bar can stand up to endless parties and cocktails.
I’ll toast with a classic for my first round….The Manhattan
2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
3 dashes bitters (so many to choose from; a fun opportunity to experiment and develop your own signature Manhattan cocktail)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and stir in whiskey, vermouth, and bitters. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.
The examples definitely look more fun with accessories, so I plan to stock up on bar essentials before I share the after pictures. I have other projects scheduled for July, so stay tuned for an update in August. ‘The devil is in the details ‘ and ‘A project without planning is just a wish’. I look forward to your feedback.