This past weekend I splurged and got everything I wanted to finally finish our bar area. We just moved to a bigger apartment and for the first time in years, I actually feel like it’s HOME.
After endlessly searching Pinterest for months, I decided “just go for it.” There’s only so much researching and pinning you can do anyways.
I shopped for too many hours, probably bought a few too many things, and ran into some issues when I discovered the studs in my apartment are metal and were warping the wall out….but everything turned out exactly how I wanted it to.
The “makeshift bar cart” as I’m calling it – is actually our old TV Stand from IKEA. Bar carts can be SO expensive, with a lot of them running over $100! This stand is only $60 and it’s working perfectly. We also have our new Record Player sitting on top, and it holds records on the bottom shelves nicely.
The shelves from Target were, not really surprisingly, more expensive than the old TV stand! But I had searched around for awhile and to me-it’s worth it finding and buying things you like more than settling for something you don’t; even if that means shelling out a little more cash. Of course, the shelves went on sale the day after I bought them 🙂
But, the mirrors were a great find that I wasn’t really looking for, but it works great with the shelves and the gold colors.
My new favorite pastime is going to a Pike Nurseries store and buying all of the plants that won’t last through this extremely weird Atlanta weather. But I went for some house plants that
hopefully won’t die right away. The English Ivy serves as great aesthetics and it helps filter out toxins like formaldehyde and mold! And the succulent is just because I love them. I much prefer real plants to fake plants, but those artificial herb plants for IKEA were too cute to pass up.
I really lucked out finding my bar set. I saw it on other websites for $100 or more. I found mine on Amazon for about $50. Actually, I saw it for $30 but waited too long pondering my life choices, and so I missed out. But I’m still so happy with it.
We’re getting a speaker set for our record player soon, and I’m shopping for a few more finishing touches, but I’m really impressed with how good everything looks. It’s a real mood booster when I walk through the door after work each day; which to me is the reason I love this project the most.