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Old 10-11-2009, 04:15 AM   #1
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I'm no carpenter by any means but I did have some time on my hands. I also had a spare kitchen in the basement that I always wanted to make a bar out of.

So it took about a month working part time and 500 bucks but here it is. It's not done yet as I had another project crop up but I hope to finish it this month.

http://s782.photobucket.com/albums/y...t=e051d899.pbw

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I'm no carpenter by any means but I did have some time on my hands. I also had a spare kitchen in the basement that I always wanted to make a bar out of.

So it took about a month working part time and 500 bucks but here it is. It's not done yet as I had another project crop up but I hope to finish it this month.

http://s782.photobucket.com/albums/y...t=e051d899.pbw

Any questions fire away.
You lie! Your carpentry skills are quite good IMO. This is a very impressive low cost project. I like the concrete bar top a lot. What was the Iron and Root Kill stuff used for? Would be good to have some descriptions to go along with the pictures. Very creative. Good work!
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:49 AM   #3
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Yeah, details on the counter top process would be appreciated! I am thinking of something familiar. All of the techniques I have seen mold the counter top with the surface on the bottom against some melamine.

Looks great! I may have to borrow your light box idea .

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Thanks, First you have to sand the concrete a little, I did it by hand and left it kind of rough.
The root killer stains the concrete a blue green color. The iron makes it brown. I then coated it with 3 coats of Carnuba wax and melted it with the torch to make the colors come through. I seems to be holding up quite well to stains and such.

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Yeah, details on the counter top process would be appreciated! I am thinking of something familiar. All of the techniques I have seen mold the counter top with the surface on the bottom against some melamine.

Looks great! I may have to borrow your light box idea .
Yep those are all I found as well.
I used 5000psi Sacrete it took 300lbs to do the bar top. I lugged it down stairs in a bucket and built the mold out of the top of the bar. I used some white board (can't remember what it's called but it's cheap) and coated it with paste wax to get it to release from the concrete.
Make sure to vibrate the concrete to get all the air out (I used a palm sander on the bar legs).
Sanding it sucks it is best to do it wet (like most things). I liked a more rough surface so I did not worry about getting crazy with the sanding.
Then mix up root killer and spread it on to stain it green. Then wax it, then melt it and it's done.
When doing measurements don't forget to take into account the height of the concrete. I'm just saying. It worked out well though everyone likes the higher countertop better.
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The bar looks awesome. I also dig the retro fridge.

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I'm no carpenter by any means but I did have some time on my hands. I also had a spare kitchen in the basement that I always wanted to make a bar out of.
Excellent! Also I really like the great ambiance you have created.
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Ive always loved the concrete countertops. NICE JOB!!!!

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Thanks for the props.
The fridge I drug out of my Wife's Uncle's basement. I painted it with Rustoleum thinned down and shot thru a cheap spray gun in my drive way.It holds 2 kegs perfect with the racks out.
I rolled the cabinets with the same stuff.

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