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It’s easy to tell the decade in which a house was built by the peculiar trends that were happening during that time. For our house, the wet bar and brass fixtures are a dead giveaway that the house was built in the early 1990s.
The wet bar is in a hallway connecting the dining room, kitchen, and living room. Since we don’t use it as a wet bar to display liquor it looks totally out of place.
If this was our “forever” home, then I would rip the sucker out and put a much needed pantry in that space. However, this isn’t our forever home and I don’t want to spend the money on redoing something that I would enjoy only for a couple of years. So we decided to put some lipstick on this pig and make the best of our “hallway sink”.
Framing an Outdated and Oversized Mirror
We started out by framing the oversized and outdated mirror. We ordered a framing kit from Frame My Mirror. They have many different colors and styles to choose from. We chose a decorative, dark bronze frame called Hudson.
For Frame My Mirror custom orders, you will need to give the width and height of your mirror. Then they cut the frame to those specifications. Installation is quite simple and you can find those directions here.
As you can see, it was an instant update which provided some much needed contrast and interest to that area.
Grey Painted Cabinets
Although the framed mirror helped the look of the wet bar, the old cherry cabinets were well- worn. The protective clear coating was gone, the stain was faded and missing in places, and the doors had been dinged up over the years, but a good coat of paint could fix those problems easily.
I used a custom blend of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and General Finishes Linen Milk Paint to make a medium blue/grey color. I used the same prepping and painting techniques for the wet bar as I did for our kitchen cabinets makeover.
I did 3 coats of paint and 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat. The new hardware is from D. Lawless Hardware.
I bought a fun rug and preserved boxwood at Kirkland’s.
Here’s the before picture taken when we first moved in…
And the picture after we framed the mirror…
And the final makeover picture with the grey painted cabinet and new blue rug…
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