Basement Tour Part 2: Vintage Inspired Bar

When we were searching for our new home last Spring one of the things my husband and I both had on our wish list was a bar in the basement. It’s just something we always wanted but never had in our two previous homes, both of which were foreclosures. So when we walked through this house for the first time I can remember being practically giddy over the bright and happy bar area. Finally! We have a bar! Not only is it a good size, but it’s nestled in the corner with lots of windows and two doors with easy access to the grill on the back patio. Perfecto. As part two of the basement tour I shared a few days ago, today’s post is all about the bar. I used lots of found objects to style this area up and I even have a new reclaimed light fixture, so come on in and take a peek!

Vintage Inspired Basement Bar

Vintage Inspired Basement Bar

Vintage inspired home bar

Vintage Inspired Home Bar

I wanted the bar area to embody the vibe of a vintage-themed restaurant. Almost every piece here is old and a thrifted find. Except for the arrow, which is from Hobby Lobby. I just spray painted both ends black, they were turquoise before, and then I nailed it on a piece of old wood. The old leather case there on the right actually belonged to my husband’s grandfather. Inside that scuffed up leather bag is a Bushnell spotting scope from 1956. Pretty cool, right? I bought the old fan at a farm sale recently for $10, the milk crate I literally found in a pile of scrap metal, the dough bowl there on the counter is super old and handmade, and that’s an old Colorado map hanging over on the wall. I’m actually really excited about how that map project turned out, I’ll be sharing that quick tutorial soon! The chairs are also another thrifted purchase, I just painted the oak seat white and distressed it slightly. They work fine, but I’m keeping my eyes open for a more rustic set of barstools.

vintage inspired home bar

Every good bar needs food and drinks, right? I thought this giant old window with four separate sections would be perfect for a fun little faux bar menu. I just used chalkboard paint directly on the glass like I did in this easy peasy tutorial. I actually really love this menu and I’m excited to change it up with the seasons.

Vintage inspired home bar

How cool is this light? I found it at American Furniture Warehouse in their vintage decor section and I couldn’t wait to get home and hang it up. It’s actually really big and fits in with the vibe of our bar much better than the light that was here before. And it was so affordable! I got it on sale for $34. AFW carries a few reclaimed lights like this, you can find a similar one here.

Vintage inspired home bar

Vintage inspired home bar and bar menu

vintage inspired home bar

vintage inspired home bar

vintage inspired home bar

vintage inspired home bar

vintage inspired home bar decor and reclaimed light fixture

So that’s our bar! There’s a little fridge and a few cabinets on the back side, which makes it perfect for entertaining. I want to eventually add some kind of rustic looking wood or planking to the bar itself, but for now this will do just fine. I love this area and all of the vintage goodies make it even more special. And the new light from American Furniture Warehouse is such a fun addition to this space. I’d loooove to hear your thoughts in the comments below, I seriously get so excited to see your comments come in. This little blog is such a happy spot for me and that’s all thanks to you lovely people. Really, thank you for being here! xoxo

Simple and Cozy Basement Tour

Thanks to my fabulous friends at American Furniture Warehouse for sponsoring this post!

Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.

Subscribe

Get new posts, exclusive discounts, and design inspiration sent to your inbox!

Shop My Posts

follow along

Leave a Comment

7 Comments

  1. 7.12.16
    Helen said:

    Hi there! I’m a recent follower of your blog and Instagram. I LOVE this space it looks such a fun cool place to hang out and entertain and the kiddies playhouse is ingenious! Your style is similar to mine and I love to get fresh ideas from you and the fellow stylists on IG. Keep posting and I’ll keep looking!x

    • 7.12.16
      Sarah said:

      Awe thanks Helen, it is definitely a cool spot and I’m happy we have a place like this to hang out. And I’m so glad you are following along! xoxo

  2. 7.12.16
    Christian Wright said:

    Love love love! Your vintage style on a budget is perfect! I enjoy reading your posts and looking at your photos for ideas and inspiration! Thank you so much for allowing us to catch a small glimpse of your life!

    • 7.12.16
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Christian! You are so sweet, I really appreciate that. Thanks for being here!

  3. 7.12.16
    Alicia said:

    Hi there. Love this space. I never thought about painting over a mirror but plan to try this myself. Wondering if your stools already green? If not, what color are they?

    • 7.13.16
      Sarah said:

      Hi Alicia! Yes, the stools were already green. I just paired the seat white. They were oak before.