DIY Bar Refresh

bar before

As I’ve mentioned before the Virginia house HAD a whole lotta oak going on. The wet bar is built-in, has plumbing and the carpeting goes up to not under the bar.  All of those factors mean living with it until we do flooring but I just couldn’t take it as is.

bar covered mirror

First thing that needed to happen was to paint this bad boy. I chose the Rust-oleum Chalked line in Charcoal. Same process was used as the built-in desk makeover.

I cleaned the surface, removed the doors and painted everything with a 2″ angled brush.  It took 2-3 coats for full coverage and then I used their Matte sealer.  Added fresh hardware from Amazon.

The mirrored area seemed dated to me.  I used leftover stained shiplap scraps from another project and hot glued them directly to the mirror. 

This means it’s reversible and I seem to have a need to change things like a chameleon. I adjusted the shelving for even spacing and stage the shelves seasonally.

We have actually grown to like the little wet bar and may consider it a keeper even when we replace flooring one day! 


Commissioned link to Rustoleum Chalked Charcoal paint

Link to the Rustoleum Matte Sealer



About Laurel Dane Designs, LLC

Making our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so it is unique. Every detail in this home is aimed at creating our FOREVER home. I've worked on many of my homes and clients homes so theres plenty of inspirational for all home styles here!

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