Upcycling a writing bureau into a cocktail cabinet for festive parties

No festive party should be without a cocktail cabinet, which is precisely why I’ve DIY’d one this month! Turning this writing bureau into a drinks bar is a relatively easy upcycle (no power tools required!) and it’ll be the hub of all your gatherings over the festive period, so read on to find out more…

I am SO excited to tell you that my latest DIY project – this upcycled cocktail cabinet, has been featured on the Addis blog. The post was published earlier this month and it’s even made the ‘front page’ of the website woo!

What started life as a vintage writing bureau that my husband bought from a charity shop has been revamped to create cool and somewhat glitzy cocktail unit /slash/ bar cart. All it took was some spray paint and metallic cardboard (which only cost £1 for a pack of 10 sheets from The Range) to transform the tired old desk into something special and useful.

What do you think of the colours? I wanted to go for a deep indigo blue so that the unit looks just like a classy writing desk when closed up but then, when the desktop is lowered, the metallic copper interior is revealed. And the metallic copper card on the back of the shelves reflects the glassware and bottles just like a mirrored mid-century bar unit would.

It creates an instant party vibe in the room and I’ve stocked up my cocktail cabinet with matching navy napkins, striped copper paper straws and some retro drinks, ready for the festive season. If you want to make one for yourself, check out the step-by-step guide to upcycle ANY piece of furniture into a cocktail cabinet right here – plus I’ve added an extra DIY to make a metallic BAR sign too – enjoy!

But a drinks cabinet isn’t just for Christmas – it’s for New Years Eve and all year round too! So choose a colour combination that fits into your decor and show an old piece of furniture some love with a quick refresh. Let me know if you have a go this project yourself in the comments below 🙂



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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