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
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.