To say it’s been a strange summer is a bit of an overstatement – however we’ve got just the thing for those looking to extend the sunshine vibes into early Autumn. Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor Nadia McCowan Hill has shared with us her top tips on how to stay topped up with staycation inspiration by crafting your very own DIY cocktail bar. Read on for further details – or head here to find out how you can construct a 5 star staycation without even leaving your house!

Start With a Little Upcycling

According to Wayfair’s Nadia McCowan Hill, there’s been a 20% rise in customers searching for cocktail shakers over the lockdown summer months – and a mammoth 200% uptake in people seeking out garden bar related items. With their simple Orlane Potting Bench, you’ll have the perfect starting point for a stylish outdoor drinking station. Follow the button below to start browsing for the perfect option to suit your garden.

Add a Lick of Paint and Some Summer Foliage

With your bench secured, you can start the fun part – transforming it into a poppy, punch garden addition, complete with colours that’ll help keep the summer vibes going long after the days get shorter. By applying a good quality primer and undercoat, you can avoid any time-consuming sanding and instead focus your attention on selecting the perfect colour.

Nadia McCowan Hill recommends a Miami pink for a cool, retro hue – or a fresh cornflower blue for an English garden aesthetic. She also suggests pistachio tones for blending seamlessly with outdoor plant pots or foliage. Speaking of which, if you’re after some garden greenery to help set the scene, follow the button below.

Stock with Drinking Accessories and a Cosy Fire Pit

Once you’ve coated your bar with a waterproof finishing wax to help keep it in tip-top condition for years to come, you can start stocking your new DIY cocktail hub with a range of drinking accessories. Quirky picks like this pineapple drinks dispenser or multi-coloured rainbow cocktail shaker are sure to catch the eye of visiting friends and family – while a set of four saucer champagne flutes are ideal for marking special occasions. If you really want to go the whole hog, a fire pit is great for guaranteeing a cosy evening outdoors – explore Wayfair’s options below.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Tue 1 Sep
Simon Bland
Published on:
Tue 1 Sep 2020