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10-15-2012 02:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: glassworking glass maple cabinets wet bar bar beer yummy

LJs:

My blessed saint of a wife gave me the components for a kegerator for my birthday. Therefore, I’ve ripped out my current 80’s version of a completely mirrored wet bar (in a 4 ft. wide alcove) and have installed the mini-fridge conversion (two 1/6 barrel kegs…woot!) with a new slate-covered counter top with the old sink and the new two-tap tower rising wonderfully and gloriously from the countertop. And it works! I’ve got Sam Adams Octoberfest and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap right now, but will be adding my own homebrew in Corny kegs in the future. Yeah…I know I suck. :)

My friends say I am “compensating” with my tap tower…whatever that means. ;)

Currently, I have the base framed out with maple-veneered plywood with complete countertop, though I need to add the backsplash. I also added a maple end-lamination to the lower box for a frame-less look. I will be adding simple flat panel maple doors (full overlay frameless) to the bottom to cover the mini-frig and sink areas.

Above the bar I will add back storage for spirits and glasses. I will just frame in the space with a standard sized maple box (48” x 42” x 11”) but will use four doors across that space, each 12” wide, full overlay frame-less.

I would like those to be frosted glass to obscure the contents because, you know, I’m Baptist and we have to hide our alcohol. (I’m hoping my brethren just won’t realize what that tap-tower actually is.)

I’ve used regular glass in projects, but nothing frosted or etched or obscured in any fashion.

Any recommendations to get the 4 custom cut glass panels for the doors? Should I get regular glass from a big box store and try the spray-on products? Or, has anybody done the acid etching before and have experiences you could share? Should I just find a glass store somewhere and hope the prices are reasonable?

Thanks for the advice, LJs!!!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com


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#1 posted 10-15-2012 02:29 PM

BTW, this might end up being be the fastest project I’ve ever done. My wife is not surprised…motivation (beer) is a wonderful thing.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 02:30 PM

Frosted glass won’t be as expensive as a patterned glass, but even that won’t be inexpensive.
Bill

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 03:42 PM

Thanks, Bill. I guess I’m trying to figure out a good local source for the glass and an estimate of what I might expect it cost?

Alternatively, I like the idea of frosting the glass myself because I could then try to match it with a pattern I have in our area rug. Artistically, I know I can make it work with masking areas before spraying, but I don’t know anything about how well the Krylon/Rustoleum frosting products work. I wouldn’t want to buy the glass and then screw it up if the spray stuff doesn’t work well…or if they flake off after the first week.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 03:49 PM

Oh…how about the film stuff? Does it look like plastic covered glass when you are done? LOL!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 04:47 PM

That’s awesome, Jonathan. Exactly the kind of feedback I’m needing! Beautiful job on that office project!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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