THE WINE SHRINE ON A DIME
As you probably know (based on my last blog post), I wasn’t super pumped about the bar area in our family room. I LOVED that it was there; I just didn’t love it as it WAS.
The bar had many fatal flaws, including the following:
- a layout that blocked off the bar area from the rest of the family room
- fugly colors
- a peninsula that was over the average bar height, making it awkward to sit at
- a big bare back wall that was hard to decorate – it was awkward no matter WHAT I did
- no room for a wine fridge
Let me repeat that last point – NO ROOM FOR A WINE FRIDGE. Epic fail.
So, when we did my office renovation, it only made sense to redo the flooring. And with re-doing the flooring, it ONLY made sense to redo the BAR.
Because that’s how I roll, and really, I can convince Tim of just about anything if I wear the right pants.
However, seeing how this area was tagging on to the end of my office remodel, I had to be careful with the costs. And sure, I say ‘on a dime’, but it was a weeee bit more than a dime. That being said, I’ve worked on homes with bars and wine rooms that cost 10’s of thousands of dollars, so what I spent is just a drop in the bucket – or that’s what I tell Tim anyway.
This was the view when you stood near the back of the family room with the bar to the left…
After, we have a new view into the family room, along with a wicked blue hue…
I want to spray the chrome grills on the fireplace to update it further – we’ll save that for another day
This was the view from inside the bar, into the family room – dark, drab, and dated…
And this is the view now…
That’s right – no more sneaky bar blocking any decent furniture layout, and the light now FLOODS into the rest of the family room from the bar window!
But where did the bar go? Not far…
Instead of repeating the ‘L’ shape, I wanted a simple back bar that was ‘part’ of the family room, but more of a backdrop than a visual block. And remember, I am a decorator – a photographer I am not, so I do my best!
Before, as previously mentioned, it wasn’t a super functional bar area…
And now it’s like a TOTALLY different space…
THE WINE SHRINE / DIY WOOD & METAL WINE RACK
I’ve seen my fair share of cubbies and crosses holding dozens of wine bottles, but I wasn’t going for ‘bulk’ storage – I was going for beauty (and affordability). I wanted something unique you don’t see anywhere, but that still aligned with the rest of our home. And I found it. Well, I didn’t really ‘find’ it. I drew up what I wanted and had a creative fellow named Christian make it for me out of 100-year-old barn boards!
This is undoubtedly my FAVE DIY type project I’ve ever done (or not done, really; Christian did it, but I cheered him on!).
And of course, Tim’s contribution…it ain’t a home bar without a little Gord Downie!
Seriously, just look at this wood (if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that…).
Wine and beverage fridges: Lowes $499 each. That might look like a double unit, but it’s actually two separate pieces that we just reversed the doors on and butted together. At $499 a piece, we saved some good moula.
Countertop: Caesarstone Bianco Drift and undermount sink $1900. We did not…save any money with this choice, but it had to be done.
Wine racks: $180
Cabinets: Mid Island Cabinets $1800. I love the soft gray of the cabinets and how it plays with Bianco Drift—in the words of the great Goldilocks – not too dark, not too light – juuust right.
Paint :Sherwin Williams Cyberspace
Grand Total: Under $5000
So, there you have it; the family room is complete!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2017, UPDATED AND TWEAKED IN 2022