After moving in and stocking up the bar, we stood back and it hit us...this bar is hideous. Between the ugly countertop, the over use of knotty pine panelling and the location (right outside of the bathroom)...this bar had to go. One day, when I tried to use the sink behind the bar, the faucet ripped off in my hand and well, that did it.
Not too long after, I walked by that bar for the last time. I proceeded to the garage, shut off the water supply, grabbed a hammer and a crow bar and got to work on the demolition. Talk about impulsive. I had never worked on a more gratifying project up to that point. I filled a few large garbage cans with the tongue and groove panelling that had been used on the walls of the bar, thinking they could be put to good use someday...and I stored them in my workshop.
Someday came...4 years later. Feeling inspired, I grabbed a few of those panels...6 for this project. I painted each one a different color...all in soft, muted, earth tones. I used a rotary sander to give them an aged, worn, relaxed look and to clean up the edges. After waxing them, I laid out the panels in varying widths and tapped them together with a mallot between nailing them to boards underneath.
It makes a perfect casual, table top. I can see a great, vintage glass bowl on top, filled with shells in the Summer or pine cones in the Fall. I'll be building the frame and legs later this week and will post a photo of the finished product. I can't wait to see how it turns out.
Here's to inspiration. Here's to reclaiming the past.
Reclaim, Refurbish, Recycle.