Room Makeover…Home Bar

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Last week when I was sick, I started re-watching the Gossip Girl series on DVD. It helped pass the 4 days I spent in bed. The problem…now I can’t stop watching episodes…back-to-back-to-back. It is making me completely unproductive. All I’ve gottenย accomplish today isย eaten 2 meals, watched 4 episodes and styled the new little bar area of our dining room.

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I’ve had this buffet for a few years and wanted to give it an update. There is a new trend in furniture called cerused wood. You use white or light wood filler against a dark stain or paint, cover the surface with filler and wipe off the excess so that the original paint or stain shows through and the wood grain is emphasized by the filler.

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This technique came around in the 1950’s and is coming back in a big way. I sanded the edges to distress the piece a bit and removed the nickel hardware and spray painted it gold.

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I found this cutie little mirrored tray at Homegoods and the even cuter lit “Bar” sign from Michael’s.

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These shelves and brackets are from Lowe’s. The brackets are plain pine wood that I painted with Heirloom Traditions chalk paint in Black Bean, topped with clear wax, then sanded the edges. The shelf is a pre-cut piece of pine that I stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. The cocktail tools, corkscrew, topper and bottle opener, are from the Nate Berkus collection for Target.

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These birch blocks are some of my favorites. So cute and rustic paired with candles.

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Time for a drink ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Moscow Mule

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I was super lazy today…didn’t do much other than put up some curtains, make Moscow Mules and pick up a pizza for dinner…oops!

Moscow Mules have been our drink of choice since last summer. My husband tasted one at a bar and loved it. A few days later, wouldn’t you know it, a box shows up on the doorstep with copper mugs and then he asks (after buying the mugs of course) if I could make them.

These drinks are great for happy hour at home as well as a backyard party because they are so quick and easy to make, plus tasty. On top of that, the copper mugs and a mint sprig make for a nice presentation that looks like it took lots of effort.

Moscow Mule
makes 1 drink
Ice
1/4 cup chilledย vodka
1 Tbsp lime juice
6 ozs ginger beer
1/4 of a lime, cut into a wedge
1 sprig of mint leaves

Fill copper mug with ice. Pour vodka, lime juice and ginger beer over ice, stir. Garnish with lime wedge and mint leaves.