Wet Bar Makeover


Here’s something to remember – you can always make changes. What you live with now, does not have to be what you live with in 20 years. It might be, but it doesn’t HAVE to be. If you don’t have the money to buy your dream piece of furniture, just wait. Ask yourself if you can live without it. If you can’t, find something that works as a temporary solution – but don’t stop there. Many times we fill a void with “something that works” and just live with it because we’re on to the next thing. Stay true to your vision and keep evolving as pieces you love pop up (hello thrifting!) or you’ve saved enough to buy THE piece. We invite you to welcome change, the possibilities are endless!

Next, we disassembled the cabinet doors. To save some money, we sanded down the existing door fronts and added a flat trim to mimic stiles and rails on a basic shaker door. We kept the decorative hinge style the doors already had holes drilled for, but swapped them with these matte black ones to align with the matte black cabinet pulls we replaced the old knobs with.

Stone countertops are expensive and we really didn’t want to put in another laminate top, so we ended up getting an 8 ft. butcher block countertop from Lowes and cut it down to the correct width, along with a hole for the sink. The light birch wood brought in some much needed warmth without feeling too rustic, so we just brushed on a few coats of clear matte top coat to seal and that was it!

Finding a reasonably priced and stylish bar sink proved to be far more challenging than I expected. I should mention that we had already cut the sink hole in the countertop to fit the existing sink thinking we would just clean it up and reuse, but it just looked too much like an afterthought. Instead, I was hoping to find a small, matte black sink, but our criteria was tricky to meet so we settled on a more square, modern stainless sink. We paired the sink with this great matte black faucet from Lowes which tied in nicely to the cabinet hardware and was under $100!

We painted the cabinet base and door fronts in HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams Bohemian Lace, Satin finish which is the same color we used for the rest of the walls and trim in the adjacent family room. To make this space more of a focal point, we painted the wall behind the bar (which also extends behind the cast iron wood stove) a beautiful dark charcoal color which, sadly, I don’t have the name of anymore. I love the coziness this dark wall brings to the whole room.

To really make this bar feel integrated, we thought we’d try our hand at tiling a backsplash. Luckily, we only had one outlet to tile around that required a couple of unique cuts. For those we rented a small wet saw from Home Depot. The remaining cuts were all straight, so we purchased the QEP 21 in. Pro Score & Snap Tile Cutter which was incredibly easy to use and has come in handy for future tile projects, too! Since the space we were tiling wasn’t very big, a friend of ours gifted us the leftover Winchester Elements Origin tiles she had from her kitchen backsplash project. We ended up having JUST enough and the color played beautifully with our newly installed carpet.

The final task was to hang some floating shelves. These would be used to display our small collection of bar glasses and other beautiful drinkware we’ve collected. There are tons of options for floating shelves out there, but buying pre-made floating shelves adds up quickly. I also wasn’t loving the exposed bracket or thick, chunky look that seems to be very popular these days. We ended up following a really simple DIY floating shelf tutorial by @makingprettyspaces and they look awesome! Making our own shelves allowed us to customize them to the exact size we wanted.

And that just about wraps up the wet bar so far. We still have some finishing touches to circle back to but I’ll save those for a cold, winter day!


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