A Bar is Born

Goodbye to the wasted space in my kitchen…

Hello to our new bar!

We had this small area in our kitchen that made no sense.  It sits between the door to the garage (left) and a big, bulky pantry (right).  86″ wide x 36″ deep.  I have shoved a variety of things in here over the years.  First, a loveseat.  Then, two small club chairs and lastly a desk that nobody EVER used.

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I am not sure what gave me the idea to make it into a bar.  But, once I did, there was no stopping me.

I called my favorite contractor, David Anspach, and had him come over so we could sketch this out.  We agreed on two lower cabinets with a 24″ wine refrigerator in the middle.  Two upper cabinets with seeded glass and a stone countertop.

David puts up with me because as soon as we designed it, I wanted it done yesterday !

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I had to decide on a backsplash (I wanted wallpaper), a paint color for the cabinets and what stone we would use for the top.

We ordered a Whirlpool 24″ wine refrigerator.  It has dual temperature control for red and white and holds 48 bottles of wine.

I had David center the upper cabinets (not smart) and we ended up moving them flush against the walls.  Tim Dowling caught that one.

Farrow & Ball paint chips and an early wallpaper sample.

I chose Phillip Jeffries wallpaper for the wall behind the bar.  Braided Walls, color #3146 Almond.  For the cabinets, Farrow & Ball #226, Joa’s White.  I wanted a white quartzite (above) for the counter top, but… the price was more than my budget.  I went with a honed Carrara marble from Rye Marble.  We had two 30″ x 30″ pieces cut from the same slab for new tables across from the bar.

Upper cabinets moved.  All doors off, including pantry doors, to be painted.

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Carrara marble countertop in!

Time for the doors, knobs and wallpaper.

Cabinets painted and the last of the doors going on.


Wallpaper going up.

Schwinn stainless pulls #51475

Schwinn stainless pulls #51475

Knobs on.  Seeded glass is great because you can’t see how messy the inside of the cabinets are!

Wallpaper as the backsplash.  Love the texture against the cool marble.

Everything done, except for my Restoration Hardware Grand Edison sconce and the undercounter lights.


Restoration Hardware


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View across banquette and new marble tables

View across banquette and new marble tables

We used the two 30″ x 30″ pieces of marble for tables across from the bar (see here) and are now ready for a party!

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My Homemade
Marble Tables

My nine-year search for the perfect 30″ x 60″ table resulted in a recent DIY project.

Our kitchen eating area is a long, narrow banquette.  I have never loved it.  We jammed a table in there when we moved into the house, but its never worked.

The table is too long (72″), the legs get in the way, its hard to maneuver around it to sit down, bulky.  You get the drift.  Since I wasn’t in the mood to reconfigure the entire eating area in the form of a construction project, it was time to change the table.

Two 30" x 30" pieces of Carerra marble

Two 30″ x 30″ pieces of Carerra marble

I really wanted a light marble table to brighten up that section of the kitchen, so I got two 30″ x 30″ pieces of Carerra Marble cut at our local Rye Marble.  Many stone places have remnant pieces that can be cut to the size you want too.

I found two great pedestal bases (so legs won’t get in the way) at  This is the Savile-20 medium weight, strong enough to hold up the marble top.

I needed two pieces of 3/4″ plywood to glue to the bottom of each marble piece.  It helps support the table and gives you something to screw the base into.  I had two 27″ x 27″ pieces cut at Home Depot.  You can go smaller if you want.

You have to paint the plywood black so it is the same color as the base.  I used Rust-oleum 2x Ultra Cover spray paint.  To attach the plywood to the marble, use liquid nails.

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Spray paint one side and the edges of the plywood black.

Mark the bottom of the marble piece where the plywood will be glued on.

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Once you glue the plywood, it needs to sit for about two days with heavy objects on top before it is ready for the base.

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While we were waiting for the glue to set, we assembled the two bases and put them aside.

Getting excited….  We waited three days to attach the base just to be sure liquid nails did its job.  Put the marble piece on the floor (ours is sitting on an old piece of styrofoam).  Mark the center on the plywood so you know where to screw in the base.

Use #10 Pan Head phillips screws and a drill to attach the base.  You need eight screws per base.

Our bases came with levelers that screw into the bottom.  Helps balance the table.

The big reveal!  At a certain angle, you can definitely see the black plywood underneath.  You can use a smaller piece, I was just nervous the heavy marble wouldn’t be supported enough if I went smaller.

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I love how open the banquette area looks now and the contrast of the square table top with the round base.

We sit here all the time now.  Our own private bistro!


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