Martinis that is.
Because I have finished my bar area mini makeover and now I'm feeling very classy and sophisticated.
I've always had this vision of hosting a 60s era cocktail party with 'shaken not stirred' martinis, fancy napkins and men in suits smoking cigars and women in dresses and furry hats holding long cigarettes.
Only in color.
But, truth be told, I don't really like Martinis that much and I'm a jeans and tees kind of girl most of the time.
And if you see me in a hat it's because it's a bad hair day.
And if you see me in a furry hat it means something probably died on top of my head.
But I still want my bar area to be beautiful even if I'm only pouring a glass of wine.
makes me want to slap myself (and not in a good way.)
And then get room spinning drunk just so I don't have to look at it through clear vision!
First I removed all the stuff including the shelves and painted it black.
The black paint is leftover chalkboard paint and even though I don't really intend to use it as a chalkboard,
it might end up being kind of cool to write recipes or little doodles on there.
It took 2 coats of the black paint which I let dry overnight.
Then I put the shelves back in and started working on filling it with my treasures.
Styling this area was no easy task because accessorizing is not my strength.
And I don't like when my 'stuff' doesn't serve a purpose so I don't have an abundance of decorative items from which to choose.
All of the items I used were pieces I already had on hand, including the roses from my backyard.
Some of my favorite items are vintage pieces that I inherited from various family members such as...
this art deco martini shaker with a red lucite handle that belonged to my grandfather,
and the sterling shot glass (that desperately needs polishing) that belonged to my dad,
a cut glass decanter and cordial glass set my parents got as a wedding gift,
a large silver tray I had in my dining room hutch that was a gift to my mom,
and this etched tin tray that my mother-in-law gave my husband and me for our tenth anniversay.
(Did you know the traditional tenth anniversary gift is tin?)
The small hand carved wooden bowl was a gift my mom brought me from a trip to Hawaii and the crystal toothpick holder was also a gift from my mom that she picked up at an antiques store in Whitney, Texas.
I also framed a Dirty Martini recipe just in case someone wants to know what gasoline mixed with a little olive juice tastes like.
The mixed drink area:
and here are the shelves:
Dirty Martini recipe:
2 1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz dry Vermouth
Pour Vodka and Vermouth into cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
Shake for 30 seconds.
Strain into chilled martini glass.
Add a little olive juice if desired (the olive juice is what makes it 'dirty.')
Garnish with an olive or 2 skewered on a toothpick.
À la vie et à l'amour