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cathead's Avatar cathead 06:00 PM 03-25-2008
Does anyone have a dry bar that is against a wall (ie not a walk behind bar)? My idea would be to use a couple of kitchen base cabinets with a space in the middle for a mini fridge. It would be about 6 ft wide and about 2 ft deep. I haven't found any photos of this. I would love a bar like most of you guys have but I don't have the room. For the top I would like to paint a piece of 3/4" plywood in gloss black, use a router along the edge, put some sports photos and such on top of that, and then put a piece of glass on top.

HeyNow^'s Avatar HeyNow^ 06:09 PM 03-25-2008
Sounds like you have a plan! Do it brother! We will need pics...otherwise...it's a dream.
cathead's Avatar cathead 06:30 PM 03-25-2008
I have a plan but I would like to "see it" before I build it just to make sure, if that makes sense.
Gator99's Avatar Gator99 01:27 PM 03-27-2008
I sort of built my bar this way, but it is not up against the wall - it is a walk behind, but the cabinent was my base and I have a mini-fridge at the other end and an opening for storage/stools since it is a walk behind- if you want I can snap some pictures tonight and you can see what I did. It is in my screened in porch so it is not the most polished finish but we like it.

I think what you have in mind would work great.
IrmoGamecoq's Avatar IrmoGamecoq 01:37 PM 03-27-2008
I think that sounds pretty neat...but how are you going to power the mini-fridge? Do you already have power in that section, or are you just going to run an electrical cord from a nearby wall-plug?

When I read that your bar was not connected to the wall, that was the first thing that sprung to mind.
cathead's Avatar cathead 04:59 PM 03-27-2008
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I sort of built my bar this way, but it is not up against the wall - it is a walk behind, but the cabinent was my base and I have a mini-fridge at the other end and an opening for storage/stools since it is a walk behind- if you want I can snap some pictures tonight and you can see what I did. It is in my screened in porch so it is not the most polished finish but we like it.

I think what you have in mind would work great.


That would be great if you could post some photos.

Irmo,
Not sure if you were responding to me or Gator but my bar will be against the wall and there is an outlet on that wall. I'm assuming that the mini fridges don't use too much electricity.

My wife wants to go with granite tile but I like my original idea. The granite would look nice but I'm not sure how to trim out the back since I will not have a "back splash".

Any photos that are similar to what I'm rtying to do would be greatly appreciated.
Gator99's Avatar Gator99 07:42 PM 03-27-2008
here are a couple of pictures (blurry - from my camera phone) - not exactly what you were originally talking about but it could be your start (at least the base)
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Gator99's Avatar Gator99 07:44 PM 03-27-2008
one more of the tile top.
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cjrivera's Avatar cjrivera 11:47 PM 03-27-2008
JJ has a nice bar that sounds like you are describing...

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post12736576

it's a really nice setup.
IrmoGamecoq's Avatar IrmoGamecoq 07:19 AM 03-28-2008
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Irmo,
Not sure if you were responding to me or Gator but my bar will be against the wall and there is an outlet on that wall. I'm assuming that the mini fridges don't use too much electricity.

Sorry, I misread and thought you meant that the bar would be free standing and therefore not attached to any walls.
cathead's Avatar cathead 05:43 PM 03-28-2008
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JJ has a nice bar that sounds like you are describing...

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...6#post12736576

it's a really nice setup.

That is pretty much exactly what I want. Thanks.

Very nice Gator, and thats coming from a UT Vols fan!!!
jroyv's Avatar jroyv 11:57 AM 04-10-2008
@ Gator: How did you do the "UF" bar top? It looks nice. Is it tile?
Gator99's Avatar Gator99 12:17 PM 04-10-2008
My wife actually made it - she bought 4" x 4" tiles and broke them up and made the mosaic - my only complaint it wasn't Gator Blue. On top of the tile (after grouting) she put that acrylic bar top stuff - overall we are very happy with it.

The top was made with a piece of 3/4" plywood and border was made using decking rail that already had a groove around it, but need the groove slightly widened (using a table saw) to fit over the edge of the 3/4" plywood.


Cathead - thanks - I know that was hard for a UT fan. BTW I am from Memphis and my Brother and Sister in Law graduated UT in the 90's (they still live in Maryville)
Stew4msu's Avatar Stew4msu 12:20 PM 04-10-2008
Mine is actually a wet bar, but it's pretty much what you're talking about. I built mine in the kids playroom, so it's nothing fancy.

If you have any questions, let me know.


jjmj427's Avatar jjmj427 11:21 PM 04-11-2008
I was originally thinking of doing a walk behind bar but it works out really well having it right against the wall. My bar area is 8' long by the standard 2' depth. If you want any details let me know. I put a wet sink in and I still need to hang my wine rack above the sink.

Cheers,
JJ
cathead's Avatar cathead 07:26 AM 04-12-2008
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Originally Posted by Stew4msu View Post

Mine is actually a wet bar, but it's pretty much what you're talking about. I built mine in the kids playroom, so it's nothing fancy.

If you have any questions, let me know.




That looks exactly like I had in mind (minus the sink and upper cabinets). The area I will be placing mine is under a large window so I can't have wall cabinets. What kind of countertop is that?
cathead's Avatar cathead 07:30 AM 04-12-2008
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Originally Posted by jjmj427 View Post

I was originally thinking of doing a walk behind bar but it works out really well having it right against the wall. My bar area is 8' long by the standard 2' depth. If you want any details let me know. I put a wet sink in and I still need to hang my wine rack above the sink.

Cheers,
JJ

I like the way tha you made the lttle microwave nook. Is that custom or did you buy that item? I hadn't thought of a mocrowave but I am worried about having the mini-frig and mocrowave plugged into the same outlet.
jjmj427's Avatar jjmj427 07:08 AM 04-14-2008
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I like the way tha you made the lttle microwave nook. Is that custom or did you buy that item? I hadn't thought of a mocrowave but I am worried about having the mini-frig and mocrowave plugged into the same outlet.

Yes the cabinet was special ordered to put the microwave in that spot. I didn't want to clutter the counter top with to much stuff.

I went the safe route with running 2 seperate circuits to that area, especially since I have the popcorn machine in amung the other two appliances. I can't remember off hand at the moment, but I think I have the popcorn machine and the microwave on one circuit and the fridge on the other.

Cheers,
JJ
dslunceford's Avatar dslunceford 01:12 PM 04-14-2008
Mine is smaller, but maybe similar to what you are looking for...


Stew4msu's Avatar Stew4msu 08:40 PM 04-15-2008
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That looks exactly like I had in mind (minus the sink and upper cabinets). The area I will be placing mine is under a large window so I can't have wall cabinets. What kind of countertop is that?


It's a laminate countertop that I got at Home Depot. They sell them in various colors and they're about 8' long (IIRC). It comes with the raised backsplash. I just cut it to length. They also sell the matching strips that you glue onto the cut end and color matching caulk/grout that I used to seal along the back. I used a matching flat piece (that they also sold in various lenghts) to make the "backsplash" on the far left side (and used the same grout for that edge).

I also bought the cabinets there. It's pretty simple to do actually. Just spend some time in that area looking at all the coordinating stuff they have, and measure for what you need.
gravymaker's Avatar gravymaker 08:22 AM 04-16-2008
Not sure if you're still looking for shots, but here's my dry bar (sorry for the blur - damn blackberry):



its about 7' wide by 2' deep. Bar fridge on the lower left for bottled beer and stuff that guests bring over and need to keep cold.

I have a "hidden" kegerator behind the wall with the tap located in the backsplash. Works very well.

My furnace room is behind the wall so it made it easy to locate the kegerator back there:




All DIY. Fun projects! Good luck.
clint999's Avatar clint999 09:32 AM 05-01-2008
Sorry, I misread and thought you meant that the bar would be free standing and therefore not attached to any walls.
Cameron's Avatar Cameron 05:17 PM 05-19-2008
I did a drybar with IKEA cabinets. I could have put a fridge underneath, but I have one of those maytag skyboxes for drinks and a water cooler. The unique thing is there is a vent hood in mine for the popcorn machine. I will take a pic and post it when I get a chance.
Cameron's Avatar Cameron 06:51 PM 05-19-2008
OK I attached a file. I haven't finished the Graphics for the Skybox yet, but this is pretty much how it is going to be.
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elmalloc's Avatar elmalloc 01:10 PM 06-04-2008
looks Fantastic
Cameron's Avatar Cameron 07:46 PM 06-04-2008
thx dude
cathead's Avatar cathead 01:09 PM 09-06-2008
My finished product


str1der's Avatar str1der 03:16 PM 09-06-2008
Looks great. Those look just like the cabinets I bought for my bar project. I got them from a local builder supply warehouse. I think they were called Cambria.
Cameron's Avatar Cameron 03:25 PM 09-06-2008
Yeah that does look great!
cathead's Avatar cathead 08:32 PM 09-06-2008
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Looks great. Those look just like the cabinets I bought for my bar project. I got them from a local builder supply warehouse. I think they were called Cambria.

I can't remember the name but they are maple. I only spent about $500 total. They are nicer than what's currently in my kitchen.
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