Today’s Makeover Monday feature is one of those pieces… a piece that came in to my workshop and with a new coat of paint, I didn’t want to give it back. It happens every now and again… that new coat of paint goes on or a piece is refinished and I fall in love. Don’t worry… I always give the refurbished piece of furniture back. I promise.
I love the look of a well stocked bar cart. It’s completely gorgeous… but in a home with children, completely impractical. Servers and bar carts are all the rage in home design right now. But, combine all that glass and all that liquor on a rolling cart with a couple of rambunctious little ones and it’s a recipe for disaster. A more family friendly alternative is an old wood bar or serving piece, popular in the 1960′s and 1970′s. It’s a way to get the look and functionality of a bar cart but with a sturdy wood frame. Bar servers often have locking doors that keep glass bottles and fragile glassware safe from little hands. The problem with many of these old pieces is that they are not antiques… some aren’t even solid wood. They are often finished in bland or boring wood tones. They are perfect candidates for painting.
This piece once belonged to a client’s grandmother. It was slated to go in my client’s new kitchen, but the dated wood finish wasn’t really her style. Her kitchen is a classic white, light and airy and she has a gorgeous old dark wood pedestal table in her breakfast nook. This bar server was slated to go right next to the table, but the wood tones didn’t complement each other at all. We decided to pull one of the colors in her breakfast nook chair seats and give the bar piece a pop of color and a fresh new look.
We chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence for the bar and decided to paint the piece very simply… no distressing on the doors or frame of the piece. With its location near the back door to the house and its use as a bar piece, we decided to seal the piece with the General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat from my Top Five Favorite Products.
With a bright coat of paint, the details in the doors and the molding on the top and bottom of the piece now stand out. With a bright coat of paint, the existing hardware looks vintage and unique, not dated and old.
With a bright coat of paint, a dated piece that looked out of place in my client’s kitchen now fits right in.