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SidewaysTim
02-28-2013, 11:13
I'm not sure if this is the appropriate sub forum but I guess your home bar could be considered a bourbon drinking accessory. Do you have a home bar? If so, post up some pictures. If not then post up some ideas for your ideal home bar. I'll start of with pictures of my home bar. It's on the first floor right off the kitchen with a separate door to the front porch, hot and cold running water, a small commercial ice maker, and typically has 6 stools around it but we can fit up to 10 stools. I built and finished it all myself while my wife was in school out of state.

http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd287/sidewaystim/76c3f659.jpg

FlounderinDC
02-28-2013, 14:25
That is very cool!

passthebourbon
02-28-2013, 16:16
Great idea for a thread. I don't have a home bar yet, but have been looking for ideas for the future.

Nice job, that is something to be proud of.

KySalesRep
02-28-2013, 16:20
Awesome job Tim, looks great!

SidewaysTim
02-28-2013, 17:10
Thanks guys, it was a labor of love.

z327
02-28-2013, 20:57
Great job, would like to see more pictures of the entire bar. I wish I had thought ahead when building my house to include water and drain in the game room (no basements in Texas). But I wasn't into whiskey three years ago when building our dream home. My bar only accommodates 4 bar stools. Unless I include the sides then I could get 6. I did acquire an Early Times neon sign a week ago, just outside this bar image. My neon collection is now 6. Always looking for more but whiskey ones are hard to get.
I did think far enough ahead to put in a 12 foot ceiling in one of the two car garages for my lift. Sports cars are my other hobby.

Trey Manthey
02-28-2013, 21:46
Here's my bar. I like to keep stuff out of sight when not in use. Side doors hold the booze, glass doors hold glassware and bitters (alot). Top drawers have my bar tools and recipes. All the whiskey aside from my standard mixers is in my office until I can figure out a good storage/display cabinet. That granite top just went on last week.

I'd love to open a bar one day, and here is where I practice and perfect my favorites and come up with new recipes.

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portwood
02-28-2013, 21:58
Great idea for a thread.
I'm planning to build my "dream" bar next year and I've been gathering ideas here (http://pinterest.com/65glenfarclas/basement-reno/)

unclebunk
03-01-2013, 07:25
Great idea for a thread.
I'm planning to build my "dream" bar next year and I've been gathering ideas here (http://pinterest.com/65glenfarclas/basement-reno/)

I nearly shit myself when I jokingly floated the idea of buiding an English-style pub in the third bay of our three car garage and my wife agreed that it would be a great idea.:bigeyes:

Now all I have to do is scrape up the money to get it done. (Our basement would be semi-suitable, but we've had a history of flooding from time to time since moving here and I'd hate for the furniture to get ruined if we took on water in a flash flood.) I have a few handy friends who are eager to help and my in-laws are antiques dealers in England, so they run across genuine vintage stuff all the time. Man, if I could get that kind of a bar built out there I might never come out!:lol:

Lazer
03-01-2013, 09:07
I built and finished it all myself while my wife was in school out of state.

wife out of state... a man can dream.:cool:

Beer&Bourbon
03-01-2013, 10:51
Great thread idea. I thought I had some pictures, but i can't seem to find them. I'll get some later today. I've always loved these ones from a local antiques place: http://www.woodennickelantiques.net/Bars.html

SidewaysTim
03-01-2013, 17:37
Great thread idea. I thought I had some pictures, but i can't seem to find them. I'll get some later today. I've always loved these ones from a local antiques place: http://www.woodennickelantiques.net/Bars.html
Yeah, one of those would be nice.

Meruck
03-01-2013, 23:43
Thats cool. The idea of a "home bar" for me is just a far off dream. maybe my second wife will approve.

MarkRuck
03-02-2013, 11:52
While I'm not sure I can call it a home bar, I have a whiskey room. After acquiring a significant number of bottles, my wife, god bless her, said, 'ya know, we don't use our dinning room, why don't we make a whiskey room'.

I wasted no time. Out with the dinning room table, out with the light fixture, in with 4 leather club chairs, in with a round cocktail table, and china cabinet converted to a whiskey cabinet.

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squire
03-02-2013, 11:57
She's a keeper . . . . .

MarkRuck
03-02-2013, 12:07
there is no doubt.

WAINWRIGHT
03-02-2013, 14:13
Great work with the room and a great use of the space well planned and very casual.The multiple VOF's adorning those shelves is what I find more impressive than the wife letting you convert the room itself itself.Well Done!

MyOldKyDram
03-02-2013, 15:40
Great looking space there.

z327
03-02-2013, 15:46
Best use of a formal dining room I have ever seen.

MarkRuck
03-02-2013, 17:54
Thanks Guys.....I have had some extremely good luck finding some of what I consider to the best whiskey ever made. But, I'm partial to wheaters

hectic1
03-04-2013, 07:45
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I've made a couple changes to the bar since then but most of them are bourbon related so this picture still works! :)

SidewaysTim
03-04-2013, 09:30
Very nice! My next house will have room for a pool table.

portwood
03-04-2013, 09:42
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I've made a couple changes to the bar since then but most of them are bourbon related so this picture still works! :)
Shelving would take up less space and could hold more bottles than that pool table ;-)

Wryguy
03-04-2013, 09:46
MarkRuck, that is truly impressive. Especially the William Heavenhill signed by Parker Beam. What is to the right of that bottle? Also, for having so many Heaven Hill products, there is not a single PHC in there. Hope that is only because they have been recently drained, and not yet replaced from the bunker. :toast:

MarkRuck
03-04-2013, 18:38
Thanks Wryguy, I was lucky enough to convince my Mom to head to Bardstown and shop at the HH giftshop a week or two before the KBF. She acquired the signed WHH along with an EW 23, and EC 21 single barrel. The EC and WHH are both very nice pours, the EW23 is very woody, and not worth the money I paid, IMHO. The bottle next to the WHH is the Breckinridge Bourbon from CO

The PHC is hiding behind the VW's on the top shelf. The cognac barrel finish version, again, a very nice pour.

SFS
03-05-2013, 09:05
The bottle next to the WHH is the Breckinridge Bourbon from CO.

An excellent bourbon in its own right.

MarkRuck
03-05-2013, 19:43
It is indeed. My bottle is missing several pours already.

omgmarclol
03-16-2013, 20:43
i'm not really sure this constitutes as a home bar but this is how i make do with my limited space.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b178/myambao/bar/IMG_2563_zps7420fae0.jpg

p_elliott
03-17-2013, 15:44
i'm not really sure this constitutes as a home bar but this is how i make do with my limited space.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b178/myambao/bar/IMG_2563_zps7420fae0.jpg


That's cool ..........

squire
03-18-2013, 16:08
Yeah, that qualifies, definitely.

Old Dusty
03-18-2013, 17:52
149711497214973Here is the Old Dusty Fun Zone:grin:

hectic1
03-18-2013, 17:55
Great setup...one of the nicer home bars I've seen...:)

omgmarclol
03-18-2013, 18:04
very nice, dusty

camduncan
03-18-2013, 18:29
It's not really a picture of my whole bar setup, but I received a gift from a local Jim Beam rep last week......

Old Dusty
03-18-2013, 18:33
Great setup...one of the nicer home bars I've seen...:)

Outside of your house you mean? And note you did not see a pool table bowing under the weight of a huge stash of bourbon.....or a pool table for that matter.:grin:

MyOldKyDram
03-18-2013, 19:19
Gorgeous bar, save all the IU swag.

Old Dusty
03-19-2013, 04:54
Gorgeous bar, save all the IU swag.

I was born in a river town so I have plenty of friends and acquaintances from the Blue side!

MyOldKyDram
03-19-2013, 05:41
Yeah jk with ya. My gf is actually from Indiana so believe it or not I'm cheering for you guys this year!

Enoch
03-21-2013, 16:30
I saw this for sale and now have a new project. A bar made out of an old upright piano. Got to find me an old upright piano...

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ChainWhip
03-22-2013, 09:54
I saw this for sale and now have a new project. A bar made out of an old upright piano. Got to find me an old upright piano...

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Enoch-

Give this a shot:

http://www.pianoadoption.com/

Enoch
03-22-2013, 12:21
My current Bourbon Corner
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mosugoji64
03-22-2013, 12:53
My current Bourbon Corner
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That's one corner I wouldn't mind being told to stand in!

zrschaef
04-23-2013, 15:20
I just picked this baby up to convert into my liquor cabinet / bar :cool:
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squire
04-23-2013, 18:18
The wood on that old upright should polish up nicely.

zrschaef
04-23-2013, 18:22
Yup, its got a few issues in some areas were it looks like it was rubbing against a wall or door frame when being moved in the past but it was free so I can't complain. I'm excited to get started on it and make it beautiful again.

z327
04-23-2013, 18:59
That's one corner I wouldn't mind being told to stand in!
I love your Makers barrel

Kalessin
04-23-2013, 19:26
I just picked this baby up to convert into my liquor cabinet / bar :cool:


Did you buy it with the works inside (piano and player)? And is it all veneer, or is some of the cabinetry solid?

Nice looking piece!

zrschaef
04-23-2013, 20:57
Yea its got everything inside still. A few hammers are broke so I don't feel to bad about gutting it. I got it for free. All of it is solid wood except the feet under the front legs seemed to be veneer. Not sure how I'm going to repair that yet.

Kilowhiskey
05-10-2013, 05:44
My compliments...you guys have some great home bars!

Here's my little slice of serenity. I converted the upstairs room into a bar/cigar lounge.

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ThirstyinOhio
05-10-2013, 06:40
My compliments...you guys have some great home bars!

Here's my little slice of serenity. I converted the upstairs room into a bar/cigar lounge.

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Nice setup, I like the large humidor in the back.

ebo
05-10-2013, 16:02
Yea its got everything inside still. A few hammers are broke so I don't feel to bad about gutting it. I got it for free. All of it is solid wood except the feet under the front legs seemed to be veneer. Not sure how I'm going to repair that yet.

I can almost guarantee that the two panels at the top and the one by the foot pedals are veneer. The two at the top are book matched and the one at the foot pedals is assembled with four pieces.

Kilowhiskey
05-11-2013, 08:29
That looks like a sweet spot to enjoy your whiskey, Mark. Quite the collection you have there.

Kilowhiskey
05-11-2013, 08:30
Thanks, Thirsty! I do enjoy my stogies:-)

savagehenry
06-08-2013, 13:58
Completed this shelving project today. Started with an 80 year old wooden crate. Cut it in half, sanded, stained and hung it. Each shelf holds 18 bottles. Fingers crossed that it doesn't plummet to the ground.
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Clavius
06-08-2013, 14:06
Completed this shelving project today. Started with an 80 year old wooden crate. Cut it in half, sanded, stained and hung it. Each shelf holds 18 bottles. Fingers crossed that it doesn't plummet to the ground.
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That looks really nice!

MyOldKyDram
06-08-2013, 16:27
Yeah I like this a lot. Good work!

RVTsteve
06-08-2013, 17:27
Looks awesome. Nice job.

savagehenry
06-08-2013, 19:30
That looks really nice!

Thanks, it came out better than I had thought it would.

SPHINX06
02-03-2014, 17:46
My Home bar in the lounge area1769617697

oke&coke
02-04-2014, 02:13
LOVE the old rotary phone man, way to go.

cowdery
02-10-2014, 14:14
And the Michter's King Tut front and center.

brettckeen
02-10-2014, 16:31
[QUOTE=zrschaef;338201]I just picked this baby up to convert into my liquor cabinet / bar :cool:
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My mom's husband did an amazing bar with a baby grand. I'll get pictures next time I am out there.

onemorepour
03-07-2014, 22:46
Here are a few pics of my man corner, I haven't quite graduated to man cave status but Im not going to push the issue with the girl just yet.
I have also included my drinks trolley for the times when I cant make it all the way over to the bar!

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MyOldKyDram
03-08-2014, 06:00
As far as corners go its a nice one. Looking good!

z327
03-08-2014, 06:41
I love the trolley

SPHINX06
03-14-2014, 17:47
YEAH Roll out the good stuff!

Enoch
03-15-2014, 08:51
The latest version of my Bourbon Corner.
My wife thinks it's a little tacky but allows it.
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tigerlam92
03-15-2014, 08:55
The latest version of my Bourbon Corner.
My wife thinks it's a little tacky but allows it.
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Wonderful setup!

TunnelTiger
03-15-2014, 09:34
The latest version of my Bourbon Corner.
My wife thinks it's a little tacky but allows it.
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It's sure not tacky to my eyes. Really like your cabinet for glassware & minis.

Enoch
03-15-2014, 10:14
It's sure not tacky to my eyes. Really like your cabinet for glassware & minis.

That was part of my reorganization. The glasses used to be out and had to be washed before use each time because of dust.

onemorepour
03-19-2014, 16:29
Looking good Enoch, nothing tacky there, looks like the kind of spot I would happily settle into a comfy chair on a rainy day with a pipe or cigar, dog by my feet.

SPHINX06
04-16-2014, 17:54
yep nice setup ENOCH, I like to display some glassware also, but had to buy some for actual use stored in the cabinet.18208

Enoch
05-10-2014, 18:31
http://www.blossomstreetbarandgrill.com/search?updated-min=2014-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2015-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=1

Solved the problem of getting to my dusty bottles at the back of my MM barrel bar. 22 inch lazy susan from Amazon. Really don't know of an easier way to post a video.

smknjoe
05-10-2014, 18:34
Ummm, what's up with the audio, bro? Sounds like somebody's about to get whacked!

P.S. Don't piss off Enoch...

WAINWRIGHT
05-10-2014, 19:09
Ummm, what's up with the audio, bro? Sounds like somebody's about to get whacked!

P.S. Don't piss off Enoch...Cool video,but kind of a snuff film vibe I'll agree.

Enoch
05-10-2014, 19:50
Funny... I was watching Pulp Fiction. Never occurred to me there was sound because I have the audio turned off on my computer. At least now I don't have to remove half the bottles to get the ones in the back.

kjbeggs
05-13-2014, 12:58
Enoch, that's brilliant.
Here's a shot of the Bar I helped my stepson build in his new place. (all the booze is housed behind the bar at this point, they still need to put up some shelves on the wall).
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dcbt
05-25-2014, 11:20
Finally had some time to put this together this weekend.

Step 1, step up to bar:
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Step 2, take seat:
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Step 3, swivel and enjoy view:
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Or if the weather's nice, take it outside:
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ModernThirst
05-28-2014, 06:08
Most of the bourbon is under the bar, but a lot of the opened stuff is on the back shelf. I'll have to get the rest of it out for a family photo sometime soon.
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kjbeggs
05-29-2014, 21:17
Not technically a bar, but here's some pics of an old Veterinarian's cabinet my father brought home from the Dallas zoo years ago. It had been painted and all the glass was covered with green contact paper.
I cleaned it up, painted it, added some mirror, lights and glass shelves, and viola- new liquor cabinet.
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bourboNcigars
05-30-2014, 00:57
all these pics are very inspirational, makes me want to do something that gives my bottles some justice..

tigerlam92
05-30-2014, 15:34
Yes, really quite nice.

kjbeggs
05-30-2014, 18:59
I've found, the more you buy, the more creative you have to be. (Especially if you're trying to keep the wife happy).
Of course, creativity is always a good way to keep the wife happy, even in non-bourbon related matters...

ModernThirst
08-19-2014, 12:54
The latest addition...I made it from a ORVW 10 year barrel: 1918319184 The updated bar: 19185

R-Savage
01-25-2015, 16:35
While I'm not sure I can call it a home bar, I have a whiskey room. After acquiring a significant number of bottles, my wife, god bless her, said, 'ya know, we don't use our dinning room, why don't we make a whiskey room'.

I wasted no time. Out with the dinning room table, out with the light fixture, in with 4 leather club chairs, in with a round cocktail table, and china cabinet converted to a whiskey cabinet.

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I love this room. Great layout!

dSculptor
01-26-2015, 09:52
The latest addition...I made it from a ORVW 10 year barrel: 1918319184 The updated bar: 19185

Hey Bill, nice layout, don't mean to be picky, but from the pic something is not level, the bar or the shelf? It's just a thing I got, seem to always notice the little things.:toast:

fishnbowljoe
01-26-2015, 15:53
Hey Bill, nice layout, don't mean to be picky, but from the pic something is not level, the bar or the shelf? It's just a thing I got, seem to always notice the little things.:toast:

I could care less if something's not quite level. Hell, the only thing I saw was the barrel!!!! :cool: Me want. :lol:

Cool man cave Bill.

BourbonJoe
01-26-2015, 19:55
Hey Bill, nice layout, don't mean to be picky, but from the pic something is not level, the bar or the shelf? It's just a thing I got, seem to always notice the little things.:toast:
Picky, Picky,Picky. :rolleyes:

ModernThirst
01-30-2015, 20:46
It's the shelf, but only by a fraction. I fixed it last week with 2 washers. If I stood n the other side ofnthebar, it looks like it's off in the other direction. go figure.

Old Dusty
01-30-2015, 21:45
It's the shelf, but only by a fraction. I fixed it last week with 2 washers. If I stood n the other side ofnthebar, it looks like it's off in the other direction. go figure.

Well, that settles it. Your house is crooked!

ModernThirst
01-31-2015, 08:00
Crap. That's going to be a tougher fix!

johnnybogey
01-31-2015, 14:42
Nothing crazy. This site in our living room. Have two bottles of bourbon here. The rest of the bourbon is in the basement out of the wife's sight. :grin:

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johnnybogey
02-03-2015, 11:07
This thread has inspired me to start thinking about a home back bar project.

I probably have all the tools needed since I bought a bunch when building my poker table.

Will keep you guys posted on progress. Wish me luck.

CorvallisCracker
02-03-2015, 11:52
This thread has inspired me to start thinking about a home back bar project.

I have thought about one, off-and-on, for years. The reverie always stops with the thought Well, where exactly would I put it?


Wish me luck.

Good luck!

Ravensfire
02-05-2015, 21:00
This thread has inspired me to start thinking about a home back bar project.

I probably have all the tools needed since I bought a bunch when building my poker table.

Will keep you guys posted on progress. Wish me luck.

Good luck!

And remember to measure twice, cut once and drink three times for good luck! :lol:

z327
02-06-2015, 16:21
This thread has inspired me to start thinking about a home back bar project.

I probably have all the tools needed since I bought a bunch when building my poker table.

Will keep you guys posted on progress. Wish me luck.

For your consideration on building a back bar --- sometimes I wish I had built mine only one or two bottles deep and much wider and taller. I have depth for 5 or 6 bottles which is good for storage but not display.

johnnybogey
02-06-2015, 16:35
For your consideration on building a back bar --- sometimes I wish I had built mine only one or two bottles deep and much wider and taller. I have depth for 5 or 6 bottles which is good for storage but not display.

funny you mention this. I was taking some measurements last night and realized I don't have much room to work with. For one, my basement has a low ceiling (height just short of 7ft). I was to build a back bar similar to bourbon donks except mine will be much smaller scale.

So the plan is two tower shelves on each side with a counter in the middle. On the wall above the counter, I currently have a 32in tv mounted which will stay.

With that, I only get 20 in wide on each side.

Trying to to visluaize how this will look. I feel like given the smaller scale, it won't look as nice.

dSculptor
02-06-2015, 18:50
Hey John, Just thought I would show you this setup, it could work out nicely for you..http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?22981-How-Do-You-Store/page5...average tall bottle space you need is 15" 10- 12" is sufficient for many others. Even when this fills up you can add another shelf to the bottom of the 4x4's...pretty sweet! Put some 14 ga. or 16 ga. copper wire along the front as a chair rail if you're not comfortable with the 4X4 width.

Just a thought....

R-Savage
02-07-2015, 17:04
There is an awesome video of what this one guy did in a video. He turned his basement into an Old Fashioned Irish Pub. It is fantastic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NehsiqsTX1A

johnnybogey
02-07-2015, 23:53
Hope you guys don't mind if I ask a question to the owners of any BTAC bottles. Can you let me know how tall the bottles are? I am guessing around 14 inches. Unfortunately, I don't own any but in building my back bar, need to figure out shelf heights. Plan is to have BTAC bottles in the furture. :)

Thanks in advance.

Special Reserve
02-08-2015, 07:26
Hope you guys don't mind if I ask a question to the owners of any BTAC bottles. Can you let me know how tall the bottles are? I am guessing around 14 inches. Unfortunately, I don't own any but in building my back bar, need to figure out shelf heights. Plan is to have BTAC bottles in the furture. :)

Thanks in advance.

13 1/2 inches, of course you'd need some extra space for clearance.

johnnybogey
02-08-2015, 10:37
13 1/2 inches, of course you'd need some extra space for clearance.

Great. Thanks Special Reserve.

With that, I plan to go alternating shelf heights of 15in and 12in.

Went to Home Depot today to pick up material. All out of oak plywood. Grrrr.

Ravensfire
02-08-2015, 22:01
Something to consider if you're really lacking for space is just not put everything on display. A friend and I have been working on designing his bar and he's got a lot a really nice bottles but not a lot of room. Rather than going deep, we decided shallow shelves for the nicer stuff with a shelf or two used for rotating stock. The rest of the bottles would be in cabinets. Still accessible just not as easy. It doesn't put everything on display (which can be a good and bad thing), but with space limitations some compromises are required.

johnnybogey
02-09-2015, 07:37
Thanks Raven for the insight. Yes, I considered this as well. Unfortunately, right now, I don't have many bottles.

I decided to go 20 inches wide and 12 inches deep (as a reference, this will fit 12 bottles of OWA).

Picked up the red oak plywood last night and had the guys at home depot cut it to size.

Still need to go back and get 2x4's as I think it will be a good idea to frame the base using 2x4's.

Will keep you guys posted.

Thanks
John

johnnybogey
02-26-2015, 22:02
Finally feel like I am making some progress. Still need to build the counter for the middle, sand, stain and poly all pieces.

A picture of what it looks like now.


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humchan2k
02-27-2015, 12:48
That's a VERY nice Eames chair, sir...and it's a real one too, not no Plycraft knock off. Nice work.

Enoch
03-08-2015, 14:29
Not fancy but very comfortable....my bourbon corner.
My goal is to reach as much as possible without getting up...
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z327
03-08-2015, 14:38
Picked up a 1920's (TBD) liquor cabinet from a local antique mall. LED strips are mounted for lighting, original lighting looked too scary to use, but I need a controller to complete. Half a bottle of old English and plenty of windex she is ready to go.

Richnimrod
03-08-2015, 18:52
That is a very cool looking old piece. It loox like it's very functional, as well. Nice find, and nice job spiffing it up.

tigerlam92
03-08-2015, 19:38
Not fancy but very comfortable....my bourbon corner.
My goal is to reach as much as possible without getting up...
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Really loving this. :)

R-Savage
03-09-2015, 04:43
I'm looking for some sort of Cabinet for the near future. But I can't really find anything I really like.

dSculptor
03-09-2015, 10:06
Not fancy but very comfortable....my bourbon corner.
My goal is to reach as much as possible without getting up...
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Nice!............

unclebunk
03-09-2015, 15:22
I'm envious, Enoch. That looks like a very inviting setting to have a few drinks. Hope you have tunes nearby as well!