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Staying in is the new going out right? Time then to entertain the idea of creating your own home bar or barcart  (then style it up with cocktail accessories and some vintage glassware) and create the best drinking spot you know.  

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 You know I love a barcart, and have written blog posts to celebrate the wheeled-wonders, well now Ive got my own, and it was probably no more than £20 (contents aside). I saw a humble tea trolley on my local ebay furniture site (you may have one for your area, check it out, it saves killer postage fees) for just £10.  A very short drive, (honestly I could have wheeled it but felt a little self-conscious) later, I was the proud (ish) owner of a squeaky-wheeled dark wooden trolley.

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 Now clearly, it could do with a little zhujing-up for the festive season so I decided to give it a makeover before I filled it with Bollinger, Negronis & Gin (much like its new owner…)

Here’s the equipment list if you want to try this at home:

Satinwood paint (or similar, I used some left-over floor paint) & brush

Clear satin varnish

Gold decorative spray

Frog tape / good masking tape

Method: Basically, this is as simple as applying thin layers of paint. Be patient enough to let them dry in between and dont put them on too thickly (so you don’t get dribbles, runs of paint or pooling in corners.) If this happens, let it dry, lightly sand it and re-paint.


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I put on three layers of some floor paint we have been using in the house – Farrow & Ball ‘Railings’ which is a favourite…I have it on the walls and the woodwork in the lounge so the bar cart should look good in there…


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After that, I applied one layer of matt varnish and let it dry.  Ta dahhhhh!

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I decided to give it a glam gold stripe just to elevate it to barcart status and pretend that we are living the Art Deco dream.  For this you need really good quality masking tape.  I use Frog tape, it’s a couple of quid more than Homebase own brand or similar but I find its exceptional stuff. I ran two lines of tape around the top edges, leaving a straight line exposed of about 0.5 cm.

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 TOP TIPS :To make sure no gold went elsewhere on the trolley, I covered it with old newspaper before I sprayed.  Also, whip off the tape fairly swiftly after spraying so it doesn’t dry on the piece of furniture and you should have some clean lines of gilt paint….


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 Look out Linley, this is now a quality piece of bespoke furniture. From humble tea trolley to Gatsby-worthy bar cart.  Now all that is left to do is style it up which is the best bit….

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If you need an ice bucket, champagne cooler, cocktail shaker or glasses you can find them at Homesense, House of Fraser and right now, even the supermarkets have got plenty of barware in. Of course vintage glasses and decanters look uber cool so try flea markets, charity shops and your Granny’s attic…. Grab some inspiration from my previous post on styling cocktail cabinets and barcarts if you need some tips and suggestions. 

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Why not try some home-made drinks too…? Super easy and they look great on your new cocktail bar. Am thinking flavoured gins, blackberry vodka or limoncello…all so easy to do.. there is a recipe on my blog for sloe gin.

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#adventuresinstyling If you like ’em, share ’em ….


Read the original post here authored by styleophileuk . You can visit her blog here.

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