Creating A Vintage Bar Cart.

I am excited to share my take on this home trend as of lately, the bar. cart. I put a vintage spin on the bar cart to make it fit in in my farmhouse home, turning an old antique cabinet into a new home for our liquor cabinet. Read along to find out how we did it, and some of our vintage essentials.

Just in time for Father’s Day I wanted to show you how to create a vintage-inspired bar cart. If you hop on Pinterest, you’ll find hundreds of photos filled with inspiration for creating a bar cart of your very own. The trendy white and gold carts are just beautiful, but not quite my aesthetic. I wanted to create a darker more moody bar cart and do what I do best, find a new use for an old piece.

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I picked up this gorgeous old metal cabinet at an Atlanta treasure, Bobo’s Intriguing Objects back during one of their warehouse sales. And I found this vintage wooden crate while out sourcing, and it just worked perfectly as the center piece for the bar cart. It is just perfect for holding your favorite cocktail glasses and gives the arrangement a little height amongst all the liquor bottles and smaller tools, with just the perfect amount of rustic, lived-in charm. And, when you’re entertaining, it can always double as a serving tray too.

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I love to fill my bar with essentials like St. Germaine and a few different liquor options, always having a dark and light option. Because we tend to stick to the classic cocktails around here, I also always have the staples on hand like a good tequila, vodka, bourbon, gin, etc so that we can hope to serve any of our guests comfortably with their drink of choice.

I also stock my bar with kitchen textile essentails like a good tea towel bar mop and a few sets of cocktail napkins.

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The perfect way to simplify your bar cart even more is using a beautiful vintage glass decanter to store your liquors. You can really find some beautiful ones at vintage stores, estate sales and Goodwill. Folks seem to be getting rid of these right and left these days so I’m always seeing them and snatching them up when I can.

I also love to stock up on old cocktail tools, like bottle + wine openers, shakers, ice buckets, mint julep cups and beyond. It really just makes it feel more comfortable, lived-in and authentic when you’re settling in for a good cocktail and conversation with friends.

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vintage bar cart by heirloomed

I hope this guide inspired you with some fresh new ideas for a bar cart. I would love to know your essentials for stocking your bar. Let me know in the comments below.

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Vintage Glass Stamped Cookies.

I am always looking for fun things to do with my kids during the holiday season. I picked up these beautiful vintage glasses from a thrift shop the other day and the design inspired this vintage-inspired baking activity.

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You know I stay inspired not by looking ahead at the trends but instead by looking back to the past. Back in my grandparents era they were resourceful as the day was long. There was no Amazon to order a cookie press on a whim (let alone have it delivered two hours later …) so they looked to common household goods for inspiration and delight. Makers, companies and designers kept this in mind too which makes the story all the better. These little starburst-sided, flower-bottomed cut drinking glasses were meant to be both beautiful and functional.

A few little tips before you get started on this little DIY baking project yourself.

Before you create your dough you'll need to find the perfect glass for inspiration. Bring the kids along and turn it into a fun family outing, letting everyone pick out their own pretty glass. Thrift stores, Goodwill or antique malls are the perfect place to go as they usually have a million discarded glasses looking for a new home and most can be found at a great price point.

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Search for glasses that have a pattern on the sides of the glass as well as on the bottom. This will give you multiple options for your cookie stamp. I found these beautiful patterned glasses at my local thrift store. 

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To create your cookie dough, use your favorite family recipe or this one!

Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 3 dozen
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These vintage-inspired cookies make for a fun baking activity.

ingredients:

For the Cookies
  • 2 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

instructions:

How to cook Sugar Cookies

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. Then, using a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl combine butter and sugar until the mixture is smooth. After all your ingredients are mixed, gradually beat in vanilla and egg. Next, Combine with the other mixture. Finally you will want to stamp your cookies with the glasses you have chosen. Once you have stamped your cookies cook for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool before serving.
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Once your cookie dough is mixed, begin rolling it flat using a rolling pin. Then, use the top of your glass to even cut circles into the cookie dough. 

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Once you have your circles cut out flip the glass bottom down. Gently press down to leave your pattern on the cookie. A little tip, coat your hands and glass in flour so that it does not stick to the cookie dough. 

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Place your cookies on a baking sheet, bake following direction, and enjoy! 

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I hope you enjoy this fun and delicious activity with your loved ones this summer. Head over to your local thrift store for the glasses, or shop our Vintage Goods to see the glasses I used! Let me know in the comments how these cookies turned out for you! 


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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com