We love a good Before & After project. This little number came from our local thrift store and we were drawn to its small size, figuring it could be a quick turn-around. Plus, it was a good excuse to make a summer cocktail station.
We were particularly excited to try out Cari Cucksey's new line of paint which she's selling under her RePurpose brand. We met Cari at the Country Living Fair in NY and fell in love with her colors. For the bar, we chose the Grand Hotel Flowers Red, thinking it would offset the interior, which we already new we were going to cover in maps. She also sells a terrific primer and sealer.
Over the years we've collected a bunch of nautical charts of the Gulf of Maine and Casco Bay and so we used them to line the interior of the shelves. Here's the final project:
The paper garland of nautical signal flags was really easy to make since the shapes were all simple straight lines, although we did take some liberties by making some of them triangular instead of rectangular. (We just can't help leave good enough alone). The intention was that each flag represents a letter of the alphabet to spell out "Happy Hour," and we hung them over the bar. Self serve stations allow guests to feel they can mosey up and help themselves to a drink before dinner as everyone gathers to relax on the porch.
* Always take an extra few minutes to sand your painting surface.
* When lining the shelves with maps (or other decorative paper), measure and cut the side panels, adding 1/4" to the interior side and bottom edges. Then measure and cut paper for the back panel and top of the shelf so that you have one continuous piece.
* Brush decoupage glue (we used Mod Podge) onto one side panel at a time and lay your map on the glue starting at the top edge and rolling it down, smoothing the paper as you go.
* Cover the back and top of shelf panels after the sides. Use a bone folder or edge of a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles.
* Add two layers of Mod Podge on top of the paper surfaces and then a final layer of shellac to seal.