DIY || Bar'Moire

April 15, 2014



Finally!  You all remember back in September I posted about transforming my old Crate and Barrel armoire into a Bar'Moire (see old post here) since our new home was lacking such a space.  I finally have a reveal for you and boy was it a fun one to both plan and make.  It is very different from how I originally envisioned it but am so happy with it.  I still might add a neon light somewhere. But here you go- (keep in mind it was difficult to photograph because of the angles and lighting.)



I painted the outside of the armoire a dark blue (a shade darker than the walls) so when the doors are closed it just kind of disappears in the room. I chose this amazing chartreuse for the inside.  When you open those doors your mood is definitely brightened and a more festive ambiance is set. After all, a bar, for us, is about getting friends together to celebrate with or without a motive.  The inside, because of its verdure thanks to the banana leaf fabric, also gives a sense of coziness so you are happy to go back to get a refill.  Its all about psychology in the end, isn't it? This bar'moire is so great for storage too! A winner all around.


I loved the idea of adding fun artwork, trays, books and candles so it becomes more than just a bar and more like an extension of your pretty living space.

 

Do you remember my post on byejoe, the spirit of China? Since its introduction to our home it has quickly become a way to treat guests to some new and exciting cocktails. See some of their delicious recipes here.  These cute cocktail napkins below are from Elisa from the Art Swap I posted on back in December (A full reveal of the Art Swap to come soon).  Aren't they ideal?  Thanks Elisa I adore them!

 

After we painted the armoire the real fun began.  I measured, cut and stapled some batting to the back and doors leaving an edge. I then stapled the leaf fabric (the fabric is out of stock but this one is similar) to the edge.  Then, I added the gimp to cover up the staples and secured it with brass nailheads that are just hammered in. Easy, peasy. Some action shots-


Ta-daaaa!!  That was it. Styling it was even more fun, of course.  Are you loving my ostrich egg?  It was a gift from my mom. She found it in an antique market.  I'm in love with it.

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Cin, Cin friends! 

[all photos by AC]

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35 comments

  1. Love! you did an amazing job! That fabric is perfect to make the whole space cheery!

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  2. Guauuu tuve que volver atrás para ver como era!,, bravo amiga ,, me encanto el acertado uso del color ,, negro con fondo amarillo y ese hermoso papel de hojas verde ,, una combinación magistral del color ,, me sorprendiste amiga mía ,,Que tengas una linda Semana Santa
    Besos

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  3. Love it!! Such a great way to re-use and update a piece of furniture!

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  4. Of course I adore this. I kid you not, that fabric was my first choice for my CWTS bar cabinet. On such short notice I couldn't get it so went with the animal print. I love yours!!! So fun...it already looks like a party! xo Kristin

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  5. This is amazing! I'm so happy to see it because the first time I ever read your blog was the post on your initial bar'moire plans. It turned out great. Love the leaf fabric especially.

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  6. Way to rock the bar! Loving the addition of the gimp, it frames the fabric perfectly. So glad the cocktail squares made the cut ;) Call me crazy but I wanted to see the bar with the doors closed against the blue wall. You made it sound so lovely.

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  7. Oh my gosh Albertina this is gorgeous. It's bright and happy and perfect for a party! :)

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  8. Albertina!!! This is so fantastic I absolutely love it. It would make a statement in anyone's home, but it is so stylish and colorful, just like you! Cheers! xo Nancy

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  9. Fantastic job Albertina!! I love the glossy navy shade paired with the green leaf fabric! What a surprise your guests will be in for when you open those doors. Fantastic job!! Okay so when can you come to Brooklyn and make one for me:) ?

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  10. I've been wondering about the barmoire! It looks amazing, just stunning. When are these going in an Etsy store? Can I pre-order? ;)

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  11. It's gorgeous, love it!! So happy and cheerful! And that ostrich egg is so cool! I would love to see what it looks like with the doors shut too!

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  12. This is downright fabulous! Kudos to you!

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  13. The colors and fabric combo are amazing. I love it!

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  14. Oh wow, I love this project so much! Amazing DIY piece and you did a wonderful job accessorizing/styling it. Color me impressed!

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  15. Everything about this is perfect. It's so much fun. As soon as you open those doors it feels like a palm beach party! I don't know if I could ever bring myself to close the doors!

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  16. Oh, wow! I am completely obsessed with your BAR'MOIRE!!! And you know how much I love that banana leaf!! I am in the process of turning a china cabinet into a bar, so I'm pinning this for future styling tips... LOVE it!!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  17. Brillant and beautifully done! Love the colors and the banana leaf backdrop really takes this to a whole other level. It's hip, classy and ready to party (love the idea about adding neon too...).

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  18. Now this is freaking amazeballs! I absolutely LOVE it! The styling is on point too!

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  19. Spectacular!!! Love the banana leaf back-splash! Functional and stylish!

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  20. OMG! Albertina. WOW. This is insanely beautiful. I am so impressed!

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  21. Wow, to say I'm impressed is a complete understatement - this is incredible!!! A true testament to the fact that if you buy well-made pieces, they can constantly be updated and last you a lifetime! Cheers!

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  22. Tres fab! Killed it lady. I'll have to hire you for mu DIYs! Love the blue and green combo and yes, like Elissa I wanted to see it with the doors closed too! Again, fab, fab job

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  23. Oh my god this thing in insane!!!! So impressed!

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

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  24. This is amazing! I saw it on Instagram but had to see it up close! The colors are amazing and I love the fabric! Pinned this for future reference!

    xo
    Annie

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  25. You always have the best art! And the chairs turned out beautifully. I can not wait to see the console! I know its going to be incredible.

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  26. Oh you just whipped this up in-between the ORC. Wonder woman. High five to this coolness.

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  27. I'm speechless.. this is a piece of art! Well done! Chin-chin!

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  28. I don't know how I missed this, it's amazing! Oh, how I wish I could come over and have a drink with you!

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