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Friday, March 19, 2010

Bar Refurb




As I said earlier in the week, I worked on a project with my neighbor. That project was constructing the insert for this bar that J's grandfather built. J's grandfather Happy was a larger-than-life kind of man and very special to him. This bar had seen better days by the time it came to live with us, and after LOTS of oil and elbow grease I still felt it wasn't reflecting the special person who built it. (You can click on the picture to see up-close how scratched it had become.) We decided to paint it white. After 2 coats of primer and 2-6 coats of white paint (depending on the area) we were pleased with how it came out. We had some extra beadboard the previous owner of our home had left behind so we cut pieces to fit the recessed door panels. Then we replaced the old black and wood hardware/knobs with new silver pieces. One day I want to distress it a little but that will require a coat of poly on top and I'm not ready for the fumes in the house OR for this 5,000-pound beast to be moved into the garage again. (Actually, I think J would say to skip it if it came to that. He already put a LOT more man-hours into this project than I convinced him it would take.) So we got it finished and moved into the house but after I put my crystal pieces in it still felt like something was missing. I knew I wanted color or something in the back but I was NOT getting out the paintbrush again. Finally I decided to use fabric as a backing. I (with much help from my neighbor Stacy!) took some heavy cardboard from a box we had kept and cut a piece to fit as in insert in the back. Stacy had some leftover thin batting that we applied to it with spray adhesive. Then we just attached the fabric with tacks so that the fabric will be easily removable in the future if/when I want to change things up. The batting will remain in place and the fabric will come right off. All in all I am very happy with the results. Hopefully Happy would be happy with the results. :)

3 comments:

Kelly said...

I love this bar. It is soooo pretty. I also love the wall color in the background. Makes me want to paint something that color. Hmmmmm....

cayce said...

Thanks, kelly! The color is burnt plum. It really makes our white cabinets, and now bar, pop.

Alesia said...

Love the color in the background. Just finished it off perfectly!!! I DID go to Isaiah's dedication and was glad I did. My friend Brenda rode with me so I didn't have to go alone. :) Have a great week. Hopefully the baby will be better quickly!!!