Yes, that misspelled title is a hint. The nook in the family room has gotten a little attention. By attention I mean a tray, bottles, glasses, and paper straws. A bar tray.
After discussing shelf and TV options, I received a reader email suggesting setting up a small bar. I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe because I don’t drink and Ben usually sticks to red wine. But I like the function of it, at least until we decide the TV situation. Seeing as we’ve got no plans to upgrade our current set up, this bar is something useful.
And I already had all the supplies in the house. A tray from Pier 1 a few years ago, thrift store glasses, coasters, a squirrel nutcracker, and bottles of alcohol. I liked the different shapes and sizes of the bottles the alcohol came in, but didn’t like the labels. A hot bubble bath made peeling the labels off a breeze. For a little shine, I spray painted the bottoms of each bottle, letting the over spray create an imperfect ombre . A few spritzes more on the tops, too for a cohesive set.
One problem though, how to label these? Right now I’ve got pieces of tape on the bottoms, only until I decide on real labels. Any suggestions? Maybe chalkboard sticker labels? If we decide to make the bar a permanent fixture, I might get a few decanters or even bottles from Ikea.
And maybe a fun ice bucket, a container for limes and lemons, and bar themed art. Any other bar essentials I’m missing? Do you have a bar cart or tray in your house? For some reason, it feels like a fancy thing to have.
P.S. Thanks for your votes over at the Homies!