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AFTER ALL the excitement of our new house, I completely forgot to pull together a post showing the changes that happened to the bar area at my in-laws’ house.  If you’ve been to Embrace My Space before you will have seen a ton of posts about the Moroccan inspired makeover we gave the space (like this post about the fireplace transformation and this post showing the space when it was a home gym).  Below are before, during and after shots of the evolution of some old wooded cabinets into a funky entertainment area.  The top left photo was when we were deciding on the perfect teal paint to use behind the bar shelving, and the bottom left photo shows the lovely hue in all its glory.  The top right photo is a mock-up of the bar shelves that our carpenter used to build our lovely live-edge installation that is pictured in the bottom right photo.

You will remember that I used the same teal paint from behind the bar shelves and some steel wool to give the old wooden cabinets a distressed look.  A little hardware switcheroo and we achieved a completely different look for just a few bucks!

cabinet collage

And, of course, who could forget about the pièce de résistance – the live edge walnut bar top!  We went with these acrylic ghost chairs from CB2 so as not to steal any of the bar top’s thunder.

live edge bar

Not only do these stools take up little visual space, but they add just the right edge to the chunky, rustic bar top to give the space a contemporary feel.  Their slim frames also show off the teal cabinetry behind the bar and the quatrefoil wrought-iron detailing on the bar support.  Perfection (In my mind!).

bar progress

The shelves are stocked with vintage barware and some not-so-vintage lookalikes from HomeGoods.  A flat screen TV takes center stage for easy game time viewing. Embrace My Space: Bar ShelvesAnd what, you ask, is that beautifully reflective countertop you’re seeing above?  It’s a Robalglass countertop made from recycled beer bottles – a fitting material to use for a bar.  I love it when a plan comes together….mwahahah.Moroccan Inspired Basement Bar

Do you have a home entertainment space where you’ll spend your weekend relaxing, or do you have to make a trip to a local watering hole in order to belly up to a bar?