This month at LYC, we have been busy clinking glasses and gathering with friends and family to celebrate the holiday season. As we prepared for our own Cocktail Party, Zandra and I started to talk about more intimate gatherings in our homes and cozy winter nights where a hand crafted cocktail would be just the thing to toast a blustery evening. Inspired by Jason's affinity for homemade infused bourbon and bitters, I decided that a liquor cabinet would be the perfect edition to our home. I also knew immediately, that I wanted to transform a mahogany record cabinet that had been passed down to me by my Great Aunts Mary & Harriet. I love the lines of this piece and the low mirror adds a bit of depth and reflection. However, it has been sitting in my basement for over 10 years waiting to find its new purpose.
For this transformation, we first removed the door and the back piece. Zandra worked her decoupage magic to cover the back panel with decorative paper. We chose a vintage inspired aqua and white paper with touches of glittered gold and silver. The print is reminiscent of atomic era design and fit well with my favorite cocktail era. I then removed a few of the shelves and decided to silver-leaf the remaining two. Because I had decided to leave the dark mahogany wood untouched, I wanted to change up the shelving so that it was lighter and reflective. I put Jason to the task of installing the lighting ... four LED lights (we used Dioder from IKEA) tucked away on the sides. After a brief drum roll, we flipped the switch and I did my happy dance that I pull out when one of my visions first comes to life. LOVE!
Now Jason's cocktail creations and our favorite bar ware have a place to shine.
See this and other Before & Afters at The Makers Link Party!