Vintage to Lux, Bar Cart Re-Do

Hello Everyone! After a long over due space upgrade on my blog, I’m able to get back to posting again. Although it won’t always be as often as I did a couple of years ago…but probably just enough to keep up-to-date my digital diary. Admittedly I’ve been obsessing over Instagram and sometimes posting up to four photos a day. YIKES! Have you been following my obsession and took note of the name change? Anyways, if you haven’t you can check it out here.

Today, I would like to share my bar cart update! The brass was looking a little outdated with my current tastes. Where the style around our flat was void of anything resembling gold or having been adorned with gold accents.

I began looking at that lifeless bar cart as a dull piece of furniture which lacked the cohesiveness I’ve been trying to settle comfortably with. Eventually I became so fed with it that I ended up storing it away in our buildings cave, en francais. Out of sight and out of mind right? Wrong! Although this bar cart was out of sight, it was never far from the back of my mind. I love the functionality and the overall look in which it presented, just not entirely in its originality. All this piece needed was a minor update that would harmonise a modern and glamorised look to our flat.

Using two bottles of basic black matt spray paint with primer all ready mixed in, this DIY project can be a simple task for anyone. If you decide to try it, I hope you’ll love the black matt look as much I do!

Before in Brassiness

Before in brass.

For smooth surface, be sure to strip away dirt&debris

For a smoother surface, be sure to strip away dirt&debris.

Be sure to overlap the tape overlap so that paint can't won't reach the glass.

Be sure to overlap the tape overlap so that paint can’t won’t reach the glass.

Using flexible painters tape, I covered up the black glass.

Using flexible painters tape, I covered up the black glass.

My 1st coat. I intended to tape the wheels but I found that even though I was using flexible painters tape, keeping the round edges in line was too difficult.

My 1st coat. I intended to tape the wheels but I found that even though I was using flexible painters tape, keeping the round edges in line was too difficult.

I've worked every angle..

Spraying at every angle.

Second coat of paint and not regretting the to paint the rubber wheels.

Second coat of paint and not regretting the to paint the rubber wheels.

Time for a dry! I let the cart air-dry for about 2 hours before bringing it inside.

Time for a dry! I let the cart air-dry for about 2 hours before bringing it inside.

All finished! I displayed a modest collection of alcohol for this photo. it looks nothing like that today!

All finished! I displayed a modest collection of alcohol for this photo. it looks nothing like that today!

 

 

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The Maid of Orleans

 

Loire River also known as The Royal River because royalty would sail to Paris along this route.

The Loire River is known as The Royal River because royalty would sail to Paris along its banks.

Located about an hour and half south of Paris, is an old royal town named Orléans. Situated on the northernmost arc of the Loire River, Orléans is a historically royal city still holding its medieval and renaissance facades. At every turn, you’ll discover half-timbered houses from the medieval times in the historic centre of the city.

EAT HERE! La Petite Folie Restaurant et tres bien!

EAT HERE! La Petite Folie Restaurant.

Painted to help rehabilitate the historic centre of Orleans.

Painted to help rehabilitate the historic centre of Orléans.

Like walking? Enjoy a long scenic walk along the Loire River. For those who love history, take in the stained glass beauty in the Sainte Croix Cathedral where every window tells a story of The Maid of Orléans

Sainte Croix Cathedral, 13th Century

Sainte Croix Cathedral, 13th Century

Once home to The Maid of Orléans or the famously named Jeanne de Arc (Joan of Arc)  Jeanne proclaimed to have heard a voice from God advising her to meet with Charles VII when the English laid siege to Orléans in October 1428. There she helped fight against the English before her capture and subsequent trial where she was found guilty of heresy and immediately burned at the stake at the age of 19 years old.

Jeanne de Arc in front of the Office de Toursim.

Jeanne de Arc in front of the Office de tourism.

Orléans pays tribute to the memory of Jeanne de Arc because of the bravery of her character.  In 1920 Joan of Arc was canonised and proclaimed the second patron saint of France in 1922. Joan of Arc would come to represent a symbol of resistance to occupying forces.

Take in City Centre.

Take in City Centre.

This city pays homage to her life with a yearly festival and keeping several statutes depicting Jeanne de Arc around the city and also turning her previous residence into a museum despite the original house being burnt down during the 1940 bombings. The house was eventually rebuilt between in 1961 and 1965 and is widely visited today.

Maison de Joan de Arc

Maison de Joan de Arc

The town of Orléans was in part, a perfect quick get-a-away this past weekend from Paris, easily discoverable and enjoyed within a day. Stay tuned and I’ll relay some must-knows about the charming city of Blois!

Vintage Bar Cart : Deux

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While perusing through Bordeaux’s antique shops, I spotted a modern, 2 tiered glass tray top, silver boxed bar cart for 160 euro. I began to squeal in delight because of its beauty, despite the crack on the top tray, I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Until, that is, one the dealers led me further into his shop and pointed out the one you see pictured. Imagine the squeals then!

I was able to work the shop owner down to 70 euro (from 120!)

A day later…a 2 hour train ride back to Paris, a painful hail for a taxi at the hectic Montparnasse Center and carrying it up four flights of narrow spiraling steps, until the cart reached its permanent home! It will now happily serve anyone who’s in need of a drink.

 Whoohoo!

For those of you who have followed my blog since my Sicily days, you may remember the brass bar cart I bought at the Catania open air market for super cheap! It was just 23 euro! ( Travelers beware: Be ready for the price differences between Italy and France! )

For those who are curious about my former bar cart, you can see the post here @ VINTAGE BAR CART.