Sunday, February 10, 2013

The bar is now ready to stain!

The bar is sanded and ready to be stained and I am really surprised that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! I was dreading it like you can not believe, so much so that I think that is why I wasn't pushing to get this project done. Sanding is not my favorite thing anyway, although I do it a lot, I don't do it inside my house! I imagined dust everywhere but we did hook the large sander up to the vacuum and that did an amazing job at keeping the dust at bay. And the little palm sander wasn't hooked up to the vacuum but the dust wasn't bad at all, silly me, thinking I would be cleaning dust for months after this project was done! We got the majority of the dust all cleaned for now, I will do the deep cleaning after the bar is done.

I think this job intimidated me too because there were places where the gaps were larger to fill and I was afraid of it not looking nice. I took it apon myself to do the filling and I had never done a job this big. The object is, of course, is too fill the cracks and nail holes and make them "disappear"! Well, almost!

 I think I did a pretty good job, I guess the true test is the staining process, will you be able to see any putty residue that I may have missed. To get everything sanded down good enough was a concern, any putty left behind will show when you stain  it, even if it is sanded smooth there can still be residue. I am only talking here from my own experiences, I have never used this putty before so I cross my fingers that it takes the stain well! Some have not in the past.

 I love the little area where you "mix" the drinks, that little lip you see there to the left. Rick wanted this to look like a typical "bar" bar!

 Going as far as to even install the arm rest, I am not sure what it is called, but it's the curved area that you rest on when you are bellied up to the bar.

 The ceiling will drop down to the tops of those wood strips, that's why this looks unfinished.

The floor is just the cement that I will be painting.....

 We even got the first coat of paint on the walls! Typically I would have stained and varnished the bar first, but we were both so excited to get rid of that mauve colored primer that was on there for years. To try and keep the drywall dust to a minimum before we started finishing off the basement, I painted the wall with primer that we already on hand. I guess I secretly wanted to paint that space a dark red.

 Okay, now I know what you are thinking!! You painted over the mauve primer with THIS??? This is my husbands pride and joy, he loves his basement and so he gets to choose the decor down here!

If you know Rick, you will know why the bar is this color! Wait til you see the floor! Don't worry ladies, I can handle this, I can envision an awesome space down here even if it is painted my husbands endearing  gold and green!

You see, although I have done all the paint treatment myself on the walls, it is his space to decorate as he sees fit. After all, he has finished off (at times with the help of our son-in-law) this basement all by himself, it's the least I could do! When we built the house the only thing the builders did, since it was a poured basement, was drywall the outside wall, so it was just one huge room! There is over 2,000 sq. foot in down here and it houses a workout room, my office/workroom, the large rec room, a bedroom, a furnace room, a (soon to be) bathroom, and even a little foyer area at the bottom of the steps as you come down into the basement that we have closed off to keep the noise from drifting upstairs. All that's left to do down here is the bathroom, and we plan to start this as soon as we can. Our goal is to have it done before my girlfriends come out for their annual trip in Oct. So, yes, it has taken a long time to get the bar built but when you do it yourselves it takes time!


  1. Anonymous10:05:00 PM

    Looking pretty incredible from this vantage point, Rhonda!

  2. It's been a long time coming, I am so proud of the work Rick did on this! He never ceases to amaze me:)

  3. I had to laugh a little in the one picture cause you mention how concerned you are about the putty and I see a huge stack of "bottles" in the background!!! but I see the corks are still in the bottles! LOL

  4. Lol! I saw that after I posted.....hiccup! Those bottles are empty Deb, Rick just stuck the corks back in! Apparently he wants to display his favorite wines in the bar!! Don't ya know I have to pull teeth to get that man to throw anything can relate!


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