Now we get to the part where we LEAVE the "man cave"
Now remember this is an IRISH
sooooo put your mindset to another side of reality.
we get into the myth - whimsey - lore side of Ireland.
now "our" story goes, that as we were building this bar, during the excavation, we came across a leprechauns treasure cave. Luckily he was out doing whatever leprechauns do during the day & we took this opportunity to put a 'secret' see through 'spy' roof over his cave, we can see IN , but he has no idea we are spying on him.
ok, just go with it......
NOW, have any of you gone on a royal caribbean cruise, OR come across one of those glass floors with stuff in it? we fell in love with these & always wanted an excuse to build one. would have loved one on our bathroom but could not ADD something like that .
here are a couple pictures of the RCCL floor, must have cost MANY thousands to build.
hubby would have liked the floor area huge, but after I did researching on how much the plexiglass would cost,, I scaled it back.so we thought ,
to walk on, the plexiglass would have to be 1 inch thick, & that is for a 3 foot by 4 piece at almost $300. Ok we thought , we just won't have anyone walk on it!
we settled on a 1/2 piece of plexiglass. glass would be best..... but way too heavy. lexan, thinner, but that has way too much flex. plexiglass has a fault of being scratchable, so did not want to buy a $$$$ piece of plexi & then have it scuffed up so bad you could'nt see through it. the 1/2" was cheap enough that could be replaced.
now kiddies it is arts
for those of you man cave purists, you may want to skip this post & wait for me to get back to the bar.......
so when we poured the concrete , we formed out the hole in the floor. now of course flat concrete walls would not look very cave like, so i got forms (like they use for train builds) of rocks & made a gazillion pieces with plaster of paris & glued them onto boards to set into the hole
since just white rocks stuck on a wall would look stupid, it had to be jazzed up.
sprayed it all with a pebble paint, & started gluing moss in the cracks & adding jewels (ok, has to have a gem cave look to it)
Now the rocks below, we got them 30 yrs ago from Lakeside Ohio ( on lake erie) & been schleping .. no... uh dragging....... hmmm oh yea lovingly carrying them from place to place (
actually I LOVE these rocks, they have a strong sentimental meaning). we have had them in our garden, & power washed them off. I put a bunch of glitter glue on them & was surprised to see they took on a green look to them! way cool.
the gold bars (below) were copies I made from a mold I made. I purchased ( on ebay) a few gold bar props from the Die hard movie (where the gold bars were stolen). I made the molds out of brush on stuff & used plaster of paris & of course gold paint.
so much to do yet.........