Hey Friends! I’m back today with part two of our three-part post on making the bar in The Barn. If you are new to these parts, The Barn is an entertainment space we are creating out of an old woodworking shop. So far we have created a Mood Board for inspiration, settled on a project outline and made a shopping list, framed a closet, and converted a window into a door. Last week I introduced you to the creation of the bar by antiquing some brand new tin that will surround the bar. Today, I am back to show you how we created the bar frame from the ground up and used that tin to give it a fun rustic look.
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Framing A Bar
Building up the bar was another fairly easy task yall! We already had plumbing on the back wall. This automatically set the location for it, because moving plumbing in concrete was NOT in the budget. We grabbed a small bar sink from Ikea to use here and then the bar will wrap around in an L shape. As you come in the door, it’s the first thing you see and the light bright grey and yellowed pine is a nice contrast from the dark green wall we went with…more on that in just a bit.
1 | The Frame
We started by building out two rectangular boxes out of 2×4’s and putting them together to create the L shape of the bar. Next, we added the vertical brackets and then nailed down the top boards to create the actual frame.
Since we plan to add a concrete countertop, we needed the bar frame to be sturdy. So we probably went a little extra on the support brackets. 🤷
2 | Brace Yourself
The framing was the easy part. Now we need to brace this bad boy to the ground…which is concrete. Chris already had a heavy duty drill, but we had to purchase these special drill bits and anchor screws to use in the concrete. You can see in the picture above the little extra pieces of wood on the floor inside the frame, that is what we anchored to the ground.
3 | Time for Tin
The next part of the bar frame was to cut and attached the tin I had antiqued to the frame. Chris just used wood screws to do this part. We wanted the grooves to be verticle and allowed for overlap so that it looks like one solid piece.
4 | Finishing Touch
To finish the bar frame itself, we used 1×4’s to give the tin a nice frame. I really love the yellow of the pine here and wanted to accentuate the look, so I will take Minwax Wood Finish in Puritan Pine to really pull out that yellow.
Oh and the paint, I promised we would talk a little about the paint. If you caught last nights Instastory, I gave an updated tour now that we’ve got the walls painted and the trim up. If you missed it then click here to see the entire saved bar story. I know I’m a total tease! We chose to use Sherwin Williams Olympic Range for a nice dark green…because we all know my recent obsession with this color...and a bright white trip. The bar and the barn doors for the closet will be the grey tin and the yellow pine to give it some bright color.
Honestly, the darkness on the walls doesn’t make this small space feel small. I believe the light ceiling and floor along with light accents will help bring a sense of brightness to the room yet totally pulls off a rustic look.
What do you all think of the bar frame? Make sure you’ve signed up below for my weekly newsletter so that you won’t miss part 3 when we tackle a concrete countertop. We are talking a small break from The Barn project while we have some of Chris’ family in town this coming week. But then we will be ready for all things concrete!