Wine Bar

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Project by Firemanwill posted 60 days ago 696 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife came to me one day and asked me to build her a wine bar. So I jotted down her input on how she wanted it to look and then started to design it. About 2 months later…....still just a design on paper. But that was the plan. My wife is from Tennessee and loves her state. So I sourced some old white oak barn wood from a salvage company in Tennessee…...without her knowledge. The barn was pre-Depression era with faded red paint patina. She took some time off and flew home with our 2 girls for about 2 weeks. This gave me plenty of time to build my surprise. Didn’t tell her anything about it. In fact, the wood arrived the day after she left. I assembled it with the help of a close friend. The main structure is ordinary 2×4, sheathed with 1-1/4 inch white oak slabs. My main goal was to give it an “old barn” look. The bar top is pieces of roof sheathing, complete with the nail still embedded. The back splash is made from a floor slat. A little wrought iron metal work and 2 14-tine rake heads for glass holder rounds out the top. The upper shelf is a cedar fence board trimmed with a live edge strip, which I notched the underside and pinned. Needless to say, she was very happy with her new piece. A few friends have made offers for it, but this one is staying put.

-- It's not supposed to look like it came from a store!

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#1 posted 60 days ago

That looks great, job well done! Did you coat the red paint with anything? – like varnish to preserve the paint?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 60 days ago

Awesome restore

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 60 days ago

Thanks. Yes. I put about 6 coats of clear on it. It hardened and kept the paint from flaking off. It also darkened the bar top I wasn’t expecting that, but it turned out pretty good.

-- It's not supposed to look like it came from a store!

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#4 posted 60 days ago

Nice work on this wine bar—it looks great! I’m sure your wife will enjoy it for years to come!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 60 days ago

I like it! Glad your wife does too.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#6 posted 60 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#7 posted 59 days ago

Beautiful. I have a bunch of old barnwood, mostly fir, and have a few projects dancing around in my head. Every time I see a cool one like yours it gives me a few more ideas. Well done.

-- Ron, Montana

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#8 posted 57 days ago

Well. San Diego doesn’t have many barns. So barn wood is a little difficult to come by. But when I get some, I make the most of it.

-- It's not supposed to look like it came from a store!

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