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Old 07-26-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Spoiler alert. This thread has a happy ending!

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So...we bought this house with a decent wet bar. Unfortunately, a week before closing, I scored a $1700 Frigidaire icemaker from BestBuy for $400. Now, where to install it...

I decided that it should go under the counter at the wetbar, however, it is 3" too tall and would stick out in front about 6". This brings us to the pool table and the homemade 'pleaser keezer' that didnt really fit in the room or look good together. I decided that if I was going to rebuild a perfectly good wet bar to accommodate an ice maker, I might as well build my keezer into it as well...

One week after closing, when quite a few boxes had yet to unpack themselves, and when the wife left me unsupervised for too long, I began to dismantle a perfectly good wet bar.

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Old 07-26-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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looking good so far. You must have balls of brass. I get away with everything but I wouldnt have started tearing that apart in a house we just closed on with boxes still laying around.

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Old 07-26-2011, 01:47 PM   #3
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I like this thread already!

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Old 07-26-2011, 02:04 PM   #4
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i cant wait to see the finished result!

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Will it not be a perfectly functioning wet bar when you are done?

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Old 07-26-2011, 02:20 PM   #6
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Looks like you've got your priorities in order.

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lookin good

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Old 07-27-2011, 01:06 PM   #8
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Will it not be a perfectly functioning wet bar when you are done?
An excellent point!

Well, I started by removing the baseboard molding, then disconnected and pulled the sink, then the counter. I pulled the supporting trim carefully so it can be re-used. Along those lines, I should mention that I am on essentially no budget. Everything I can possibly re-use will be.

Once everything was cleared out, I rolled back the carpet. Then my dad and I built an extension for the "stage" platform on the floor and re-secured the carpet.

As it turns out, the ice maker has a drain and produces about 2 gal of waste water per batch....Im going to have to figure out how to fit a U-trap low enough and still get it connected to the sink drainpipe...or go through the floor and run PVC accross the basement to the laundry drain...

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I set the small deep freeze in place and built a lid for it that is split into a front part (above the deep end) and a back part that will stay in place for the beer&co2 lines. I havent decided if I want to keep my co2 bottle under the sink for easy access or inside the freezer on the shelf in back, to keep things neat and tidy.

Anyhooo, the counter portion above the front section of the freezer will be removable but still tiled to match the rest of the counter and backsplash. I am using the old counter wood to build a matching "coffin" for the faucets in the back left corner.

Im on vacation right now but I will be jumping back into this when I get home. Here is one picture of me test-fitting the tile for the removable lid.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:29 PM   #9
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Not sure why the previous picture-uploads failed but here is another try...

I got back from vacation on Thurs PM and took off work Friday. Despite having company this weekend, I managed to make some more progress.

I started replacing the front panel trim pieces and cut/dry-fitted the tile. In-between games of pool, I managed to tile the whole counter (still need to do the back-splash) and might try the next step of adding the grout this evening. This is my first time ever doing anything with tile so take it easy on me!

Oh, the night before I left, I brewed a Belgian Ale, which is ready to keg, as soon as my bottle of sanitizing solution comes in the mail... *jab at the supplier*


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Old 08-07-2011, 08:48 PM   #10
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just make sure to seal the hell out of the grout, especially if you plan on mixing/pouring drinks on it.

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