If you’re a regular around here you know that I don’t share our basement bar very often. And by often I mean like never. Actually, I think I’ve shared it maybe two or three times over the past few years, but that basically feels like nothing in comparison to the 3931 times I’ve blogged about our living room. Or the 2712 times you’ve seen my front room. But count this as a big day my friends because I’m finally sharing a little update on the progress we’ve made in our basement bar. I honestly hesitated to share this with because there’s still several things I want to do here and it’s definitely far from being done, but baby steps, right? And as my husband likes to kindly remind me: we can’t do it all at once! But we’re moving in the right direction and that’s a good thing. OK, so here’s a little look at what we’ve done so far. But first, let’s start with an old (and really bad) before photo just for fun.
Ummm. I don’t even know what to say about this photo other then WOW. Just wow. There were several poor decisions made here, CLEARLY, but let’s try to avoid looking at the awful wall decor and focus on the bar area, okay? YES. All right, now here’s how it looks now:
So as you probably noticed, we switched out that hideous light fixture for this gorgeous wooden one. I’ve been wanting to make this change for a long time now, mostly because I didn’t like the look of the old one and it just felt too small for this space. Anyway, I’m so happy we finally swapped it out. I got this light when it was on a big sale and I LOOOOVE it. And yes, I still need to get lightbulbs!
I also decided to chalk paint our barstools black. (I used Blackboard by the Magnolia Home Chalk Paint line.) I wasn’t digging the country green anymore, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on new barstools right now. Have you seen the price on barstools lately? Sheesh. It’s highway robbery. These painted ones will work for now until I can find some on sale. I currently have my eye on these.
Painting the barstools and changing out the light has made this space so much better already, but there’s still several things I want to do. First up is to replace that old tile countertop. I’m not a fan, as you might have guessed. I’d like to try doing a DIY wooden top, so I’ll be sure to blog about that when it happens. I’d also LOVE to do something different with the floor tiles. Again, not a fan. But I’m not sure yet how I want to do that. Maybe paint them? Or do one of those fancy stencils? Lastly we will definitely be doing faux shiplap on the lower section of the bar, which is probably what we’ll do next because that’s the easiest! (check out my tutorial here to see how we do it.) We’ve also been working on sprucing up the living space in the basement too, which you can see a little peek of in the last photo. I’ll be blogging about that area sooooooooon.
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed this little progress update on our basement bar area. Be sure to let me know if you have any questions! xo
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