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Old 06-01-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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i haven't gotten too far yet, but i thought i'd go ahead and start a thread, documenting the progress on my bar build.

the history-we just bought this house about three weeks ago, it's a tri level, and fortunately, having a very cool swmbo, she "donated" the lower level to me to build a bar, and have a great hang out place for the guys to kick back, watch the game, drink some beer, smoke a stick, and just relax. we have a huge back yard, a three level deck, that just one of the levels is bigger than our apartment was, lol, a 27ft pool, a very large barn in the back with electricity running to it for a future brew house, everything we've ever wanted to have, we LOVE having people over, and entertaining guests, so we're very happy and excited.

the build- it's kind of an "L" shaped room, has a bathroom down there, and a closet for storage, and also has a small closet just behind where i am building the actual bar underneath the stairs, where i will have my kegerator, with taps running through the wall to the other side of the wall where the bar will be.


sidenote-my apologies about some of the photos quality, i was using my cameraphone for most of these.

first a few photos of what i had to work with-







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the keezer- 7.2 magic chef with collar to house 6 kegs.



the keezers "house"-closet underneath the stairs just outside of the entryway to the bar room. keezer will be up on a small table i've made, elevating it a few feet, so that i can run my lines straight out of the backside of the collar into the wall, for the taps on the opposite side of the wall.



after some painting to the walls and ceiling


another shot of the painted surface, with my 52" 1080 tv hung up on the wall

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shot of the door i framed/hung up. this was just a walk thru, but i wanted to frame up a door to keep smoke out of the upper level, and to be able to shut it, and create more isolation/privacy from the upper level of the house.



here's a drink ledge i made out of a 2x6, braced with a 2x2 underneath, then stained in ebony stain on the long back wall of the room.



another shot of the drink ledge


i bought 500 old records from a guy in louisville (craigslist score!) and this is the first level of them on the lower wall.
i just put them up with liquid nails. those suckers are NOT coming off. they're up there for good! i also ripped the carpet out. the concrete is in really good shape underneath. i plan on figuring out a way to tile the entire floor with all the album covers i have. not real sure on how to just yet. im thinking of etching the concrete, then gluing the album covers on like tile, and pouring epoxy on top of them, crossing my fingers and hoping that it lasts. (anybody got any ideas on this?)


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heres after the second layer of records were added, and clear coated with poly, and also three coats of poly on the drink ledge.



another angle of it. the bare wall you see underneath the tv and windows will get the same record treatment all the way across.



the bar will be an "L" shaped bar, coming out of the wall right about where this light is pointing on the wall, (the keezer closet is on the other side of this wall) and come out right about to where the middle of the t.v. is, and then turn in toward the tv, and that will be where the entry way into the bar is. bar stools will be right on the side of the bar by the doorway, facing the t.v. inside of the keezer closet, is a waterline, and i will tap into that, and have a wet bar (cold water only) and probably just drain into a bucket beneath the bar, or possibly run a drain into that same wall undereath the bar, and drain into the garage.


heres a shot of the back deck/pool area

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and my first artwork i hung up in the bar area.
a painting my six year old son did for me.


i plan on practically covering the entire upper walls, and ceilings in just weird random crap, artwork, whatever, kind of giving it a tgi fridays on acid feel to it.

up next- figuring out the best, most cost effective way to tile the floor in the album covers, and then the bar build.

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Wow,
Looking Great Chainsaw!

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got the actual bar mostly framed last night.

8 foot on the long side, 3.5ft on the short side, 42" tall.





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Sweet! I like the records for sure.

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Nice, looks kinda dark but it might just be the camera. My bedroom is the same way (used dark blue but it looks black in pics). The one question I have is where is the header for the door?

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The record wall paneling looks nice. Rather than elevating the keezer, I would consider just running the lines up and out through the wall. Changing kegs and cleaning a keezer is enough of a pain in the a== without it being jacked up.

While I love the idea of album cover floor tile...it sounds a bit risky or difficult to me. I would be afraid of moisture being absorbed by the paper covers. If you try it, you should probably seal the floor w/ epoxy first. Then place the covers in a layer of epoxy to encapsulate them.

Will probably take a boatload of epoxy...and that stuff don't come cheap. Perhaps you could use polyurethane?

Nice job, I like the creative thinking!

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