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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bar Project Series #6: Started Painting Bar and Installing Cabinets

So progress is slow but steady.  Was hoping to get bar done by Winter and I think it is still possible.  We had our first frost this morning and it has started dropping into the mid 40's but there is still time.  I do have a week of travel this month and next that will get in the way but we will set the goal for before the new year (cross your fingers!).  Maybe we can throw a New Years party!

We had some painters come in and paint the 2 story areas in our house (pictures will be posted soon).  We just didn't have the equipment to get up there.  While I had them quote the spaces, I went ahead and asked them to give me a price on painting parts of the bar.  This was mostly in efforts to meet my self imposed deadline.  After a little negotiation we agreed on a reasonable price.  So they painted from the chair rail down and all the doors, casings and baseboards.  We will still need to do the Faux paint process above the chair rail and eventually do something with the ceiling but it is already starting to look more like a bar and less like an empty rec room.

We also decided last minute to have them paint the bathroom down there too.  It looks great and we already picked up some decor for it.  Still need to hang it, I'll post pics when it is done.

Here are some pictures of the progress so far.

Cutting in on Stairs

Bottom of stairs looking into Media Room
First coat on trim

Bottom of stairs looking to the right with Media Room door on left
Future site of card table

Will need to change out all the outlets and switches
Also need to add an outlet behind the TV

This is Sherwin Williams Turkish Coffee in Duration Matte

Stairwell done

Entrance to Media Room straight ahead and
Exercise Room on the left

Game/Card Table Area

Still need to take out carpet and finish the floor in this area
Was trying to get the actual bar area done

Still going to add molding on the bottom of the chair rail to create a
raised paneling effect.  Just wanted to get the bar functional before
doing all this finish work.  We also need to replace all the baseboards
because they were damaged when our sump pump failed

Still need to close up that area on the back wall
You can also see that we started taping and mudding the bar wall
It will eventually be wrapped in oak but will be painted for now

Started mounting cabinets

Still need to do all the electrical on this wall for the Dishwasher, TV, Under/Over
cabinet lights and for the lights that will go in the bridge that will span
in between the 2 upper cabinets

The "Ready to Stain" cabinets do not come in 42" heights, so I just got a 30"
cabinet and a 12" cabinet.
Going to build a bridge over the top with Crown Molding

Bar bathroom painted in Sherwin Williams Crabby Apple
Also, will either replace vanity or get the Rustoleum
product that lets you refinish them in a darker color.
We also may replace the counter top and either get
a frame for the mirror or replace that too.

Going to put a shower curtain across here to block the
view of the shower...

Will probably do something with the ceiling in here when we do the bar.
Just don't' like the Bright White textured ceiling in this space.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bar Project Series #5: Wine Racks Assembled & Floor Nearly Done

So its been a few months since I've made a post.  Mostly because I was stationed away from my home and just retired in August.  Started new job and finally got my suitcase unpacked and am back on the project.

Finished putting together the wine racks.  Really worried about staining these things... Not going to be fun.  Also put together the second Pub Table and received the rest of our Bar Stools.

Also, installed about 450sqft of flooring.  Only have about 250sqft to go.

Finished the electrical in the bar.  We're going to have a switched outlet for LED Rope Lights in addition to an outlet for a refrigerator and two outlets coming through the back of the cabinets on the inside.  There isn't enough room above the back splash on the bar side for outlets, so I may drill a hole in the counter top so we can run anything we want to plug in through the hole into the cabinet where there will be a couple outlets.

Hung all the drywall on the bar wall, just need to tape and mud it.  May put the bar top on before doing this.  The ultimate plan is to put oak paneling on the front of the bar and stain it but for now it will just be painted the same color as the lower half of the walls.

Purchased two TV's, HD Antennas and Roku's for Bar.  We will have a 60" in a seating area that will be visible from the bar area and a 48" hanging over the bar back.  The HD antennas work great, especially for live events (i.e. sporting events) that you don't want lag time on.  The Roku's stream Netflix, Time Warner Live and on Demand, Hulu, Pandora, etc.  Still have to add an electrical outlet behind both TV locations so you don't see wires hanging down.

Finally, we hired some painters to come in and caulk the chair rail and paint the lower half of the walls, chair rail, baseboards, casing and doors.  They have already done all the wall repairs and caulked the chair rail, they just need to come back and do the painting.  Will update pics when it is done.

Here are some pictures of the progress so far.

Majority of Flooring Installed in Bar Area

Just need to finish the flooring behind the bar

Spare Bedroom Door and Bathroom Door

Wine Racks Assembled and Started Hanging Sheet Rock on Bar Wall

Second Pub Table and you can see the TV on the wall

That is an example of our Bar Stools

TV Hung and Roku Working

You can also see the repairs the painters have made

Electrical Done. I know this looks weird but the outlets on the outside
needed to land above the shelf in the cabinets that will go here.

This will be the switched outlet for the LED rope lights.

Sheet rock hung on inside of bar wall

2 cabinets and an under counter refrigerator will go here.