One of the aspects of the house I looked most forward to updating was the bar. It has the ideal set-up, gorgeous glass shelving and a wrap around frame perfect for entertaining.
What I didn’t care for was absolutely everything else about it.
The cherry wood and glass cabinetry just screamed ‘dated’ to me. Oh and and corian. I wanted to create something modern and slightly masculine. So I went with the stark contrast of light and dark.
Since pink carpet was clearly not going to go with the masculine theme I had going in my head, we had it replaced with dark hardwoods. To compliment those, I stained the cabinetry super dark, which equals two weeks of my life I won’t get back.
I think after this house, if I ever stain something again it will be because someone is paying me a ridiculous amount of money or that someone is holding a gun to my head.
After staining, I decided to not reapply the glass cabinet doors. I like a more open concept. I also like all my liquor easier to get to.
Then for the walls, as much as I loved the natural grasscloth, it was bleached in spots and desperately needed to be painted. Everyone fought me to remove it completely and I think if anyone hears “but grasscloth is back!” come out of my mouth one more time they might lose their minds.
But honestly, grasscloth is back.
And in the end, although I won ‘Grasscloth Battle 2014’, the victory was short-lived. Then it then took me four days to paint (two coats primer + two coats paint). Oh, and you have to paint it horizontally.
Dear God, it took me eternity.
And the final addition, which happens to be my favorite addition, was the granite counter top. Since the room was a combination very dark and very light, I wanted a little pop of color.
But the most important thing I learned was, it doesn’t matter what makes granite or stain you choose for your bar, what matters most is what you store inside of it.