Wet Bar Reveal

I thought I would start off the week with a post about one corner of the house that got a major makeover.  See here for my earlier post about our super 80s wet bar.  With a little updating, I'm happy to say that it's looking more like something that belongs in the 21st century.  Without the dated mirror wall, glass shelves, black laminate countertop and ancient icemaker, its a fully functional wine bar.

I went for a clean and modern look with floating painted wood shelving, quartz countertops that match the ones we used for our master bathroom remodel, and matte white penny mosaic tile.  Since we tend to opt for wine more often than mixed drinks, we decided to replace the ice maker with a wine fridge.  I considered doing away with the sink but it is nice to have and the plumbing was conveniently in place.  I added a filter to the new cold water faucet so it now serves as a handy drinking water station.  My only regret is not adding some sort of drawer or other storage for wine related accessories (corkscrews, etc.) but since we needed an open cabinet under the sink, there wasn't much additional room anyway.  Luckily, the wine bar is located in the den a few short steps from the kitchen so any additional items can just be stored there.  Another big change was removal of the small swinging doors that used to enclose the old wet bar.  We found that they were really unnecessary and when open, they would just take up space in the den.  Now the bar feels like a part of the room and I can't wait to use it for future parties, dinners, showers, game days, and wine nights.  

See below for my sources!


Tile: Daltile Retro Rounds in Bold White Matte

Countertop: Michaelangelo

Wine Fridge: Whynter*

Faucet: Newport Brass Chesterfield in Antique Nickel

Cabinet Hardware: Rejuvenation Mission Pyramid Knob in Brushed Nickel

*note: I found out during construction that for a built-in installation like this one, it is essential to find a wine fridge that vents to the front as this one does.  Many fridges have vents in the rear and they can't cool properly or get sufficient ventilation when they back up to walls or cabinets.

Project Update: Wet Bar

We are very close to completing the remodel!  With only a couple weeks left, things are really starting to come together.  One element that is basically complete is the den wet bar.  When we bought the house, the original 80's style bar closet was in need of a serious refresh.  

The hubs capturing the wet bar during our first visit to the house

While I'm sure the (broken) ice maker got plenty of use at one time, we figured that a wine cooler in the same space would be a better fit and a nice update.  I first considered removing the sink completely, but with the plumbing already in place, I decided it will be great to have. With a filtering faucet, we can use the sink for drinking water and even add a coffeemaker on the counter and we have a wine and coffee bar!  The black counters, mirrored backsplash and glass shelves gave the whole bar a dated look and the wine storage rack felt heavy overhead.  While double doors gave us the option to close off the closet, they really weren't necessary and when open, they crowded the floor space in the den.  We removed the doors and created a cased opening, helping to make the bar a part of the room.  

See below for my wine/coffee bar inspiration and a few of the elements I chose.  We are using the same durable quartz counters in our master bathroom, and the penny round mosaic backsplash matches the subway tile we added above our kitchen counters.  Stay tuned for photos of the completed bar, coming soon!

photos: coffee bar & wine bar

materials: tilequartzfaucet