Monday, June 24, 2013

A Creative Day –- Making a Bar for Rob's 29th Birthday



After getting over the shock that my kid is about to turn 29...I just couldn’t wait to tell you how excited I am that my design for making a cost-friendly bar for Rob's 29th Birthday (August 1) is turning out pretty cool.

Bob and I spent several hours shopping the big box stores for materials and the best prices. While this certainly would not be considered a “high-end” bar, it will VERY much suffice for a 29 year-old guy! 

We are pre-building it in our extremely crowded garage…we already have two sheds in BIG boxes in there that will be our next “home project” and it was tricky finding space to work on a 7½ foot bar. We’ll take sections of it apart and easily (famous last words) reconstruct it in the dining room of Rob's apartment in Des Plaines. It is completely freestanding, can be taken apart when he moves again, and (if it survives) could someday end up in his man-cave in a basement or garage. There’s a lot of storage space and room for a tall mini-fridge.


Under way…
 


We used three unfinished base kitchen cabinets that we picked up at Home Depot which were on sale for 20% off. At the store I noticed a damaged cabinet that Hubby said he could easily fix so we got that one for an additional 20% off. Heading over to Menard’s we found the rest of the materials and once we got everything home we started the assembly.

Making progress...We put in these six-inch "risers" to get the bar to the optimum height of 42" and add some extra storage space.
It's got a plain almond colord Formica top. Kind of hard to get a picture of it.

This will cover the front side of the bar. It's a warm colored leather look--I know it sounds yucky but it really looks nice.


I’m hopeful the hardest part is behind us at this point and I’ll post pictures of the completed bar once we have it installed in his apartment. He’s going to put a flat-screen TV behind the bar…my guess is that soon Rob will be watching his favorite Chicago teams from his new bar!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my day away from all things book or quilting =)
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Thanks for looking, 
Karen
 





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