You’d love to have your own home bar. Who wouldn’t? If you’ve been dreaming about building your own home bar but everywhere you look the prices are too high, I’d love to give you some ideas that will help bring the cost down.
A nice backdrop for the bar is always brick with surrounding cabinets and a mirror. But, who says you have to hire a contractor, a cabinet maker and an interior designer? With just a little creativity, you can be well on your way to a beautifully finished professional looking bar in no time.
First of all, you can build your own cabinets with 2 X 4s and plywood. If you walk through a hardware store, you’ll find so many things that you will want to use for projects all around your home. If you look for cabinet doors, you’ll find them of all shapes and sizes. You can get plain wood that you can paint or finish any way you like.
So, you don’t have to buy an entire cabinet set. Just build the structure with 2 X 4s and plywood. Then, finish them off with the cabinet doors. You can finish your frame the same as you finish the doors. Then, you can make the surface of the counter look great in several inexpensive ways.
The most inexpensive way to make the surface of a counter look spectacular without spending ridiculous amounts of money is to use wallpaper. Get virtually any design you want and wallpaper the countertop. It’s that easy.
You can also use floor tiling to make the countertop look just the way you want. You’d actually have a more durable design if you get the square foot sections that adhere to the floor. Granite countertops are a lot more expensive. But if you have a small surface area, you might be able to fit it in your budget.
Your options aren’t finished yet. Wood veneers are great for making the counter look like it has a wood finish. They also make a good match for the bar itself. What’s more, the leather fabrics you can use don’t have to be that expensive if you only get enough to cover the surface of the counter and the bar if you want them to match. Leather is actually a touch of class.
When you are looking at applying brick to the backdrop, look at faux brick finishes. A small section of faux brick is all you need. Simply center it on your countertop and let it rise to the bottom of your cabinets. If you have a cabinet on each side of the brick, it will look great.
Finish the look with lights and a mirror and you’ve got yourself the start of a professional looking bar. Of course, the actual bar will look great if it matches the cabinets in your backdrop. You can build your bar rather inexpensively too with 2 X 4s and plywood. Then, visit your hardware store again for some good design ideas.
Trim for the walls often looks great when you use it to create designs on your bar. You can add dimension or just a touch of style when you look at all your trim options and choose some that really dress up your bar perfectly. Keep a place for your kegerator. Add a beer tap and a bar handle. You’re looking more and more like a professional bar every minute.
You’ll need stools and then you’ll want to add more and more to your bar. Mirrors cover all the walls. A Jagermeister machine sits on top of the bar. A television hangs on the wall. You’ll love what you can do. But, all it takes is getting started.
Stan Schubridge is a beer enthusiast who loves tasting new beers and attending beer events. Staying up to date on new innovations in beer and beer products keeps Stan on top of the beer world. You can read a great deal about beer and what Stan has found at Beertaps.com