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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bar Project Series #3: Final Wine Wall Design from Wine Racks America

Received the final drawings and concepts from Wine Racks America.  First off, the company is absolutely wonderful to work with.  Very customer service focused company that is easy to work with and delivers on what it promises.  Ordered racks on a Monday, they shipped the next day and I had them by the following Monday... oh and shipping was free!  They offer a design service and were very helpful in talking through ideas, getting to know what you were trying to achieve and visualizing that idea as pictured below.

Absolutely love the concept and can't wait to see it come to life.  Don't remember what the total bottle count was but I think it is in the neighborhood of 850+ bottles plus cube storage for cases.  Now all I need is some time off to get home and do the work.  I'll make sure I make comments on how easy/hard they are to put together and stain.  I'm currently wondering if they would be easier to stain while in pieces or after assembly.  There will be some small finish nail holes, so there would be touch up required either way.

The Wine wall will go along that back wall with the windows.  We are
going to close up that bump out.  The racks will go up to just over the bottom
of the windows and extend from the left side of the room, all the way to the right.
The plan right now is to stain them in a similar/or same color as the bar and
cabinets with a Satin Polyurethane finish to protect them.

Top View

Front View

Side View

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bar Project Series #2: Bar Concept Drawings, Flooring and Pub Tables

Bar and Wine Wall Concept Drawings

I am currently working with Wine Racks America ( on a concept for the Wine Wall.  I'll post when we have something final.  I have a concept drawings below with my doodles.

Right now we are working on the Bar Area specifically and will work on the game room possibly this winter.

This is the layout of the entire room.

Close up of Bar Area turned 90 degrees clockwise from picture above.

First attempt at sketching out the wine wall
Arguably the most important wall in the house...!
Except the kids academic achievement wall of course...

This is a concept doodle of the Bar Back.  Was going to try to make
upper cabinet shelving.  Decided for time and cost to go with
cabinets.  These are 30" tall x 30" wide with a 12" tall by 30" wide
cabinet over the top of those (so 42" to make up for the 9' ceilings).
Going to construct some sort of bridge to go over the top of the cabinets though.
Will probably put under cabinet LED lights in the bridge.

Pub Tables and Flooring

Put together one of the Pub Tables (Pier 1, Ronan in Tobacco) to see how they matched the bar stools we found.  Also, started installing the flooring.  We ended up going with another color.  Once we went to purchase the flooring we liked this one more.  It is Style Selections 6-in x 48-in Antique Woodland Oak Residential Vinyl Plank.

New Color Palette...

Still deciding on Kona or Dark Walnut... Maybe the answer is both.  Kona on the base
Dark Walnut on the Bar Top and Counter Tops.????

Pier 1 Pub Table and Bar Stool

Started laying out pieces to ensure the pattern looked random

After about 4 hours. Installing the flooring goes pretty quick
but pulling up the tack strips and drywall mud left on the
floor.. and constantly sweeping the floor takes up a lot
of time.

New Flooring with one of the pub tables and chairs.  The paneling hasn't been
installed yet, nor has the wall been painted but this pic shows the furniture
with the new flooring and it has a nice contrast and rustic feel.

Close up of pub table with new floor.

Another angle with different lighting.
Again, paneling on wall and paint is not done yet.
Will be Turkish Coffee on bottom and lighter Faux finish on top.  See previous post.