Bar Cart DIY

A retro Salton Hot Table is rescued from oblivion—returned to a life of purposeful, colourful service.

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MATERIALS REQUIRED
Serving or bar cart (aka, a good find)
2 Colours of Spray Paint – Outdoor/Indoor – Krylon – gloss
Mod Podge
Paint Brush
Wrapping Paper

CURBSIDE CLASSIC
Always pay attention to the road ahead, but keep an eye on the curb for treasures that may be abandoned.

OLD TO GOLD
Using metallic gold Krylon spray paint, evenly coat all exposed metal parts, including the wheels and black rubber tires. Paint the rest of the cart in a contrasting colour.

MOD REVIVAL
Mod Podge is a gift to DIY’ers who long to turn objects into decoupage treasures. Select a decorative wrapping paper and cut to fit the required areas. Use a paintbrush to coat the bottom of the tray and place wrapping paper on its surface. Smooth out any bubbles with your hands and apply another coat of the Mod Podge over wrapping paper to seal the surface. Let dry overnight.

Dabble Savvy: Poke holes in air bubbles with a needle, smooth with a paintbrush.

From Issue 15 – May 2014 

What’s Trending in Kitchens

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ONE collection & Accessory Kits
US$425-$1,025, BLANCO
www.blancoamerica.com

With three different sink sizes and an assortment of custom-designed accessories, the new ONE collection is crafted of the highest quality stainless steel with generous 9″ deep bowls in a satin polished finish. ONE lets you customize your sink for your individual lifestyle with custom-fit accessories, designed for the way you live.

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Poggenpohl Drawer Inserts
Made to order, Poggenpohl
www.poggenpohl.com

The base panel system offers total flexibility. On a non-slip linoleum base, spacer bars allow the space to be divided according to the customer’s requirements. A wide range of variations and fittings allow the customer to divide kitchen drawers for the best overview and storage space.

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Mercer Quilted & Europa Collection
US$5.50-$29/each, Top Knobs
www.topknobs.com

The Mercer Collection Quilted Series offers depth and textural dimension that creates visual interest. The Quilted Series uses geometric shaping to create focal interest while maintaining a clean, modern line.

Snow White Kitchen

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We love this all white kitchen designed by LA’s Erinn Valencich. The curvy counter and mirrored mosaics are a playful counterpoint to the handsome lines of the cabinetry and sliding doors.

Question: Does an all-white kitchen work in climates where there’s snow on the ground for 4-6 months of the year?

#JustCurious

Top Wine Bars in Ottawa

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We covered the best design shops, travel destinations and restaurants in the latest issue, but here are the top 3 wine bars in Ottawa.

Nestled in the charming area known as the Glebe, sits a little gem called 107 Fourth Avenue.Small intimate setting
Decorated with the work of local artisans
Small, but well-chosen wine list
Small menu but each dish is tantalizing
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Located in a trendy area known as Westboro, Juniper is one of the hottest spots in the city.Canadian cuisine
Globally inspired
Produce harvested in Ottawa
Extensive wine list that changes weekly
Modern & elegant
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Housed in an 18th century stone building in the heart of the ByWard Market is a well designed space called Restaurant 18.Hip & modern with old world charm.
Blind tasting menu & wine pairings
Light bar menu
Wine sampling of over 50 wines
Worth the splurge
For more information on these wine bars, visit Sonya Kinkade’s blog, The TBBs.

Take 3: Shelf Life

Oh dear. All those pretty little books lined up in rows and, still, you can’t find the one you’re looking for. Perhaps it’s time to really organize those shelves.

Dabble’s in-house design team offers three stylish ways to catalogue and energize bookshelves.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

ONE:

English Lit
Leather bound editions tell a livelier story when combined with vintage objects and toys.

Dabble Savvy: To create order, label shelves with Scrabble letters, separating History from Current Events and Literature from Music.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

TWO:

Suspense and Mystery
Everyone expects to find books on display, but it’s possible to add more interest by giving shelves a specific task. For instance, how about setting up the bar on a low surface as we’ve done here? Sleek labels offer flexibility as titles can change as needed.

Design Tip: Forgo the typical family photo gallery and use bookshelves to display your favourite snaps.

Photography by Simon Burn

Photography by Simon Burn

THREE:

Page Turner
Provided shelves are adjustable, removing a few allows you to make a bigger design statement. At left, the central shelves are cleared to accommodate a collection of tall glass and shell bottles.

Design Tip: Print category titles on scrapbook paper and place them in acrylic or plexiglass frames. The quirky bookends add personality to the mix.