We did decide that our bar needed some touches to help with entertaining though, so John busted out his tool belt.
John and I drink alcohol from time to time. I know, crazy! Has everyone thoroughly gasped and shaken their heads in disgust,can we move on now? Ahem, okay, so John and I drink alcohol, as do some of our friends and when we have them over it was always slightly embarrassing to pull our stash out from under the kitchen sink. Since our family room is the comfiest room in the house and already had the bar layout we decided to use some wall real estate to relieve our embarrassment.
Here is the before shot, this is an old picture as we've had fish in the tank for a few years now, but not much else had changed:
And here is the after:
Of course once John had all the shelves made I had to throw a kink into his plans. He was showing me what they'd look like on the wall and I was thinking how dark they made the wall look with the the harsh shadows they cast so I suggested that we put LED lights under each shelf. Of course they couldn't be battery operated and I didn't want wire showing so if we really wanted it then John would have to cut into the wall to wire the lights.
I kept telling him that we didn't have to do it, but he kept saying that I was right and it would look better with them.
We bought all the needed supplies off Amazon. John had worked with LED lighting because of his job before so he knew what was needed. The LED light strip came on a 16 foot roll that you can cut every three lights.
LEDs also have to be converted into a lower power wattage so we bought an adapter and John rigged it up into what we needed.
The light switch for the LEDs was a little pricey as far as switches go, but I think it was worth it.
The lighting adding about another month onto the project only because John was helping others with their wood needs and our project got put in the back burner.
So without further ado, here is the bar with the LED lights on:
Last but not least, you're probably wondering what these are:
I do plan on buying some art for the bar from Etsy artist GuerdrumArt that our friends found for us.
Well that's all on the bar so far. We do have plans to increase storage of the actual liquor, but that will come at a later date.