Last week I revealed our much anticipated basement bar. Y’all, this bar was made with love and I’m so happy that everyone loves it as much as I do. Chances are, that if you’ve seen me on a Zoom call of FaceTime chat, the bar is my background. I love it that much.
Last week after the reveal, I asked my Instagram Community about any questions that they had pertaining to the bar. I thought I would round up the DIY Basement Bar FAQ’s and share them here:
DIY Basement Bar FAQ’s:
How much time did this project take to complete? I worked on this project for about 3 weeks, at 2-4 hours a day, excluding working on both weekend days. If I worked on it on Saturday, then I likely skipped Sunday.
What was the hardest part about this project? There weren’t parts that were hard per se, BUT I will say there were definitely some parts that intimidated me. Two specifically, but one more than the other. The epoxy for the countertop.
It scared the crap out of me because it was so new and a medium that I’d never worked with. So it wasn’t the fact that I felt like I couldn’t do it, it was more so that I was actually just scared. But I did it, and it came out so good. Is it 100% perfect? Nope. But it’s a solid 98%!
The second part of this project that scared me was the crown. I was so worried, but it came out great. Crown is not my comfort zone and every time we have to cut it, it’s like we have to reteach ourselves how to do it. It’s a pain, but we got it done.
Knowing what you do now, would you change anything or do something different? Honestly…no! Which is the best feeling in the world. I love when something I thought would be good comes out even better than I imagined.
Please share the paint color! It’s perfection. Paint color is Intrigue by Benjamin Moore.
Countertop Material? Butcher block from Floor and Decor. But we made it over to look like marble.
Measuring tips and unexpected lessons? As far as measuring tips, I would say make sure that the space you build something like this in allows the project to shine. I knew I wanted this bar to be the star of the show and its just that. Also, your measurements should be based around the lower cabinets and refrigerator spacing. Once you fully measure out that portion, everything else should align with that.
Where did the brass railings come from? They are beautiful! The railing is from Paxton Hardware and they are called Brass Tipping Rails.
Where did you get the table and chairs? They are both so cute! The table is linked here and the chairs are linked here
Love the warmth of the rug. Goes so well with the cool tones. Details on the rug? I loooove this rug. Here is the link!
How much did this cost? The magic question, right! The grand total for everything without the fridge and accessories was…..$1568! So not bad at all! I asked my contractor how much he would charge to build this and he said $5000 minimally. So in taking my time to build, I was able to save some coins.
Here is a breakdown of how the cost came together:
2 Ikea Havsta Cabinets– $360
2 Assembled Stock Cabinets– $380
8ft Butcher Block Countertop$200
Paint, Primer, Marbling supplies $80
Wood for shelves and Crown Molding $50
New Cabinet Hardware (pulls and handles)
Brass Tipping Rails $176
Cup Hooks $2
Thanks for submitting your DIY Basement Bar FAQ’s! If you have any others, leave them below. Until next time!
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