So my dear friends Alex and Paul live around the corner from us in the most adorable apartment. It's filled with great natural light and built ins, beautiful hardwood floors and all these little ledges for knick knacks and such. For weeks Alex has been asking me to redo their bar area. She has a great aesthetic already and their apartment just needed a little help in the dining room. The room itself is great, it's large and open with a huge built in bar and cabinets. It had most of the essentials, a wine rack, bottles of wine and champagne, a bar tray and assorted booze. It also was becoming a catch all. Mail, snacks and various whoosy whats were ending up here.
I won't harp on the fact that Alex also has a tendency to keep anything sweet and cute that has ever come her way. I can't tell you how many little balls of ribbon and twine I found on those shelves. It's like she's the Disney princess I've always suspected her to be, squirreling away trinkets to make a gown for a ball. I'm pretty sure birds dress her. Everyone knows your secret now, Alex.
Anyways, this area was slowly slipping into a storage unit and it just wasn't doing anyone any favors. For their birthday, they decided to jet off to Catalina for the weekend, and left me the keys to their apartment. They also gave me a budget of $100 and free range to do what I'd like to the place.
My first game plan was to choose my colors. I went off this cute recipe box Paul just gave Alex as a birthday gift. It's hard to tell, but the colors are a soft mint and coral. Perfect bright colors for their sunny apartment.
So we cleared everything out and started with a clean slate. I set aside the things I wanted to spray paint, their existing wine rack, their picture frames, a bar tray and these sweet little wire birdies I found.
First, went out the color. I picked a cheery coral color for the back wall. Did you know coral is universally flattering on everyone's skin? It seriously looks good on everyone. I also wanted to add texture to the back wall. Wallpapering is such a pain so I came up with a brilliant idea. Gold polka dots! Painting with metallic paint is often a trial in patience so I bought gold label dots, you know, from Staples. To invoke champagne bubbles we cascaded them down the wall, concentrating them at the top.
All together now! Drumroll please...
This was such a fun project to do especially since it had an element of surprise. It was a breeze to do and could easily be accomplished in a weekend. Pick a spot in your home and give it a pop of color! You'll be surprised at how much life it adds to a room.