Friday, January 6, 2012

The Bar is Open!

Hello!  New Year, time to get blogging.  New house, new workshop, new school.  Lots of new for me!  

I'll do a post with info about the house and the m.a.n.y projects that are on the to-do list.  The crazy thing is our limitations about placement in the kitchen have everything to do with the lack of electrical outlets!  It's not like electricity didn't exist in 1957, but obviously it wasn't used like today! 

The cool thing about the limitations is I am being creative and resourceful...and I finally got to do a piece of furniture for myself us!  

Besides the fact that our friends told us we needed a bar, I also need a place for the microwave that we stalked Craigslist for.  When you see my kitchen, you'll understand why, but I will say two words:  outlet and counterspace.  

Found this on Craigslist and it happened to be with someone I had already purchased an item from last spring.  Snagged it and got to do it last weekend.  Didn't know until I started taking the hardware off that it is an Ethan Allen piece from 1983.  I wasn't thrilled with the hardware, so I filled the holes on the drawers so I could use single cup pulls.  I also got a little crazy and layered 2 Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors that I have not seen together before:  Old Ochre as base coat and French Linen as the top coat, in a semi-dry brush fashion.  So here is the finished project:

Totally in love with French Linen-it is not nearly as blue as Paris Grey and not as green as Country Grey.  

So, the bar is stocked and the microwave will be going on top for the time being.  Until I determine how to do it differently.

I lied.  This is actually the second piece that I got to do for me us.  I just haven't taken any after pictures of it because I have to move it to a different spot to do so.  

Linking to:
Furniture Feature Fridays
Feathered Nest Friday
shabby creek cottage


  1. Love the makeover! I love a good before and after, makes me tingle! We 're going to be building a summer house this spring to convert into a bar - something like this would be perfect - I'm going to keep my eyes open when out thrifting next! Zoe

  2. Thanks so much for visiting, Zoe! Good luck on your thrifting ventures-it is SO much fun!

  3. that looks awesome! i love the color and finish, and hello i am also in love with that china cabinet in the post before.... LOVE!

    1. Thank you, Cassie! I hope to do find another china cabinet like that to do for ME!

  4. It turned out darling- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

  5. Oh I love the finish and it's functional too! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Hi Carol, great job on the refurnishing of this piece. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  7. Such a cool looking piece! Great job on the distressing and color choice!

  8. This piece is beautiful-following you from miss mustard seed-stop by for a visit!

  9. This is such an awesome piece. You did a great job refurbishing it...I love it!