More than ever, the kitchen has become the heart of the home, not just for preparing food, but for eating and entertaining as well. When we bought our home, the kitchen was closed in and blocked off from the rest of the house. Kitchens are starting to favor a layout with at least one wall knocked out, giving you an open view of the next room. It’s a great way to bring your family and guests all together. We wanted to create this in our home. Come along as I show you how to create a custom bar area for your home.
How to create a bar area for your home
The first step to create a custom bar is drawing plans for the bar area. For example, we wanted to wrap the window that opened up our kitchen to the living room in cedar beams which were cut down from our land. It was drawn out on a piece of paper how we wanted it to look. For the top of the bar we decided on epoxy.
After cutting the window out we had an electrician come by and wire in a light switch and wires for the bar lights.
A friend of ours had a small portable sawmill which was used to cut the cedar trees. The next step was attaching the cedar beam to the top of the window.
It was a trial attaching the beam to the top of the bar area since it was cut for an exact fit. Liquid Nail was applied to the middle of the inside of the beam before placing it on the bar. A portable jack was positioned under it to raise it up into place. It stayed under the beam for several hours while the glue dried.
Now it was time to add the countertop to the bar. We cut the cedar beam to fit into the bar area with an overhang sticking out about ten inches. Glue was applied to the bottom side to attach the cedar top to the bar.
Now that everything was attached, it was time to add epoxy to the top. Here are a few tips and tricks to mix, remove bubbles, and pour epoxy onto a bar top.
How to apply epoxy to a bar top
Two-parts epoxy is a common application on bar tops to give it shine and protection. For our bar top, we bought the Famowood 1 qt. Glaze Coat Clear Epoxy Kit from Home Depot. Since the area that was receiving the epoxy was small, 1 quart was enough to cover the entire surface.
Pouring epoxy is tough, so I strongly recommend reading the instructions carefully before starting the process. Epoxy sets very quickly, so you will need an additional person to help mix and pour the liquid while the other person spreads the liquid onto the surface.
- Large Bucket
- Stirring Sticks
- Plastic Putty Knife
- Heat Gun
- Safety Glasses
Before pouring epoxy make sure the surface is completely clean and dry. The bucket for the liquid should also be clean and dust free. Put down plastic around the area you are working, because it will most definitely drip on whatever is below the area if it does not have a barrier around the edge.
how to mix epoxy
To mix epoxy we used a large bucket that was large enough to hold at least a gallon. We poured the entire container of part A into the bucket. Then we poured the entire container of part B into the bucket as well. We used paint mixing sticks to manually stir the two liquids together, for at least six minutes. Occasionally scraping the sides and the bottom of the bucket to make sure the liquid was completely mixed.
how to pour epoxy on bar top
You have about ten to fifteen minutes to pour epoxy before it starts to harden. When pouring epoxy onto the bar top, you should start at one end of the bar and evenly pour it out until reaching the other side of the bar. After all of the liquid is applied to the bar top, began by spreading it evenly onto the surface. Keep in mind the epoxy is self-leveling.
uSING THE HEAT GUN
After it was spread evenly, we used a heat gun to remove the bubbles from the epoxy. We held the heat gun about six inches from the surface of the bar and moved it around in a sweeping motion.
You will notice the epoxy already start to thicken after about ten minutes. Now it is time to let it sit and harden completely. It is recommended to wait about 72 hours before touching it so that it can thoroughly set.
Decorating the bar
My favorite part of projects is being able to decorate everything after it is finished. We chose the Black & Natural Barstools from Hobby Lobby. These beautiful, industrial style stools have black metal legs and a circular wood seat that can be lowered to the desired height.
The sconce base plate had to be 5 inches or smaller to fit the pine trim that was added to the sides of the bar. Finally, after trying several different lights we found the Patriot Lighting® Warren Antique Bronze Indoor Wall Light from Menards that had a square base which was 4 1/2 inches wide. It was the perfect fit for the bar. I changed the glass shades out for the Industrial, Style Metal Lamp Covers from Hobby Lobby, which can only be found in stores.
HOW IT ALL TURNED OUT
In conclusion, it is now time for the photos of how it all turned out. I love how this space came together and opened the rooms up and made it feel bigger. This project was definitely worth all of the time that it took.
Out of all the changes that we have made to our home, opening up the kitchen wall to the living room was the best decision! I hope this gives you inspiration if you have a closed in kitchen and shows you how to create a custom bar area for your home.
I would love to know how your kitchen/living room is laid out? Is it closed in or an open floor plan? Comment below. Thank you for stopping by today, have a great weekend!
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- Famowood 1 qt. Glaze Coat Clear Epoxy Kit
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