I'm so ecstatic to FINALLY be sharing our basement bar remodel with you guys! We totally underestimated the time it would take to complete this project. But adding two kids into the equation will do that. ;) The total project took about 3 months, which when I think about it isn't that long but when you're in the thick of it seems veerrrryyy long. :) I decided to host our neighborhoods annual "Ladies Night" at our house this year and couldn't be more excited to break in the bar. :) It also helped us keep on schedule to get everything finished. We worked so hard on this space and can't wait to make memories this holiday season in our new home with our friends and loved ones.
So before I show you the after pictures let me remind you of what we started with. Not exactly a show stopper, eh? That ginormous mirror did get relocated to our formal living room.
We wanted a more industrial feel in the basement but for it to still flow with the rest of the house. The brick veneer backsplash warms the whole space up. It adds so much character and really is the wow factor I was looking for. It was a wholelotta (yep it's a word) work but so worth it!
We wanted to save some money so opted for a butcher block countertop above the cabinetry. We went with Dark Walnut stain to go with our bar stools and sealed it with Waterlox (such an awesome product). I did apply 4 coats total to ensure that any wine spills would not soak into the wood and stain it. Liquid literally beads up on top of it, it's that good folks!
Another money saver was using the cabinets that were there and just repainting them. I choose Valspar's Coastal Villa but had it mixed at Benjamin Moore because I love their Advance paint for cabinets. It covers great and it super durable. Then I swapped out the hardware to these gold beauties from IKEA.
These shelves weren't my first choice but I needed them to be big enough to hold all our glasses and these IKEA ones fit the bill. And honestly now that they are up I love them, so maybe it was meant to be. :) We just bought these oak boards and cut them to size and stained them dark walnut as well.
The one thing we left alone was the floor tile. We originally planned on replacing it but once we painted the cabinets and walls they suddenly didn't bother me anymore. Another money saver so the hubs was all over that! lol We swapped out the red pendants for these industrial caged pendants. I scored these awesome barstools majorly on sale at Target one day. They bring a little farmhouse flair to the space which I love.
Well that's it, hope you like it! I'd love to hear your feedback or answer any questions you may have. Here is the complete source list for the remodel.
Round Mirror- Target
Shelf brackets- IKEA
Butcher Block- Menards
Brick veneer- Menards
Granite- Granite Centers
Bar stools- Target
mini tree- Walmart
Caged Pendants- Lowes
candy jars- Walmart
mini wreaths- Michaels
chalkboard- DIY project
wall color- Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
Cabinet color- Valspar Coastal Villa