but I'm going to attempt to do a real project and try a progress update ala MT Stringer. He used his Sketch-Up program and gave me a pretty good idea on how it should look and pointers on how to do this. But he refuses to come up and "help"!!
It will be a slow go cause I'm learning as I proceed. And I don't have my own finishing dept like he does.
So ......Mama would like the wet bar replaced and updated with a newer unit, no wet bar (guess that was the rage in 1980 when the house was built, or should I say thrown together), and some bookcase shelves. Space is 104" long (had to be over 8') up to the ceiling with a header in front of some open space.
Here's what I got so far
We'll call this "before"
That was the fun part, sort of. Had to be pretty careful to damage as little as possible. Ended up being 1 x 2 nailed to the wall with a counter top and face frame nailed to the front with doors. Not much to work with so it all came out!
Gonna leave the plumbing in so the next "lucky" owner can use it if he wants.
Off to the lumber store - got 4 sheets of 3/4 - 5 x 5 BB ripped in 1/2 to start. Figured I'd make the bottom in 3 separate boxes instead of a big built in. I can do it in the basement, and connect them in place when almost finished and stained, hopefully leaving less mess in the family room. Looks like maple is the closest match to the BB, so will probably use that for face fronts and doors, unless anybody has a different opinion. I will order the doors from cabinetsnow.com when the face frame is built and I can get real measurements.
This will probably be a little "overbuild", but it's for us so I don't mind the extra time and $$$$. Well, I do, but I don't have a lot of sayso in this.
Will see what I get done this week end.
Hoping this thread will prod me onward to finish this in a reasonable amount of time.