I thought about removing a middle section and making a desk, but then I'd have a chair blocking the hallway. I tried to keep it as clear and clutter free as possible, and it felt like a waste of space. Then I thought about making it a bar, since all our liquor was in a cabinet with my kiddie craft stuff, but you can't put cold beverages down on this wood or you'd get a ring.
I couldn't get the bar idea out of my head, and one Friday, we made it happen for $45!
First, I got some peel and stick tile at Lowe's. $15 after military discount. We had one tile left over.
First we laid it all out.
We saw we'd have to trim the far end and along the front. We also made sure all the arrows on the back were facing the same way for grain matching.
|We trimmed it to that line, so there's about an inch of wood trim in front.|
We then cut the final two tiles to fit (about 2/3'ds size) and ran over the whole thing with a rolling pin to help it stick.
Next, we took two stemware racks from Bed Bath and Beyond ($12 with coupon) and installed them under the upper cabinet for our wine and champagne glasses. We brought our liquor up and added a set of cocktail accessories (shaker, etc. $18).
What do you think? I feel like it's a much better use of that space, and much nicer looking!
We're going to mount a paper towel holder, add a black blender, and a small (3-6 bottle) wine rack and then call this puppy done!
Before & after