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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-02-17 11:41 pm   Permalink

So when I first moved into my new home, it came with this wet bar in the worst spot ever. Between the kitchen and hallway. This house is too small for a wet bar but it was built in a time when those were trendy I guess. I almost smashed it out for a place to hang coats, but when I got back from Hawaii, my original Disney inspired Tiki Bar joke became reality and in the end, probably saved me a lot of plumbing and structure work.
(the drink at La Mariana's that gave me the Tiki fever)


The bar area is so tiny and I'd like a 20,000 Leagues name for it, but while its being built, it'll be known as the Tiny Tiki.

I had to take this shot from in the office across the hall just to get the photo lol


Looking in from the kitchen (yikes)


It's not the size that counts?

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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-02-17 11:43 pm   Permalink

This was a really pale new batch of pine, which I distressed with worm holes and dents to look like ship wood. Then I burned and stained it. I'll be using this for the bar top.




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EnchantedTikiGoth
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Posted: 2016-02-18 5:08 pm   Permalink

Actually, that space is kind of adorable! It would make a very nice little Tiki nook

I've been toying around with Jules Verne-related names/themes myself, for some hypothetical home bar down the road. The most obscure one I've come up with "The Maria Theresa Reef", which is a phantom reef mentioned in The Mysterious Island and In Search of the Castaways (which was itself made into a Disney movie). "The Mysterious Island" would be another obvious choice, or "The Lincoln Island Lounge" though there's not much of a lounge in that nook If you wanted to hew closer to 20,000 Leagues, you could always name it after a part of the ship, or a character. "Esmeralda's" or "Nemo's Cabin" or something Decor probably depends on whether you wanted to make it look LIKE the Nautilus, or wanted simply to display a collection of mugs and paraphernalia.

I'm overthinking it for you though. As it is, Tiny Tiki is pretty cute!


 
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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-02-18 10:34 pm   Permalink

My dog is already named Captain Nemo, and my small boat is named the Nautilus, so those are out haha! It's to look like a ship that was hit by the Nautilus and wrecked on an island / turned into a tiki bar. So maybe I'll look for some ship names sunk in the film. Right now I'm trying to figure out where to buy thatch in Canada at a good cost before building the walls. Hasnt been easy :/ Boooo Canada.
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TabooDan
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Posted: 2016-02-20 09:49 am   Permalink

Hey VanIsleVibes, its real small but I think its got real potential to be a cool spot.
I also like it because its original.
To solve your seagrass problem, and other supplies, you want to check out Coolite Bamboo on east Hastings in Vancouver. They will have everything you need. Great store and good people to deal with. They might ship to you or you'll just have to get in a boat and get off the Island and go check them out. They have a website too.
Go see Elsie and say Dan from Taboo Tiki sent yah!
Mahalo, TabooDan


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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-02-20 3:33 pm   Permalink

Oh perfect! Thanks so much! They seem to be at least 20-30% cheaper and I could probably pick them up. Know of any good places in Canada to pick up cheap tiki decor like masks, mugs, bar items and things?

 
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EnchantedTikiGoth
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Posted: 2016-02-20 8:33 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-02-20 15:33, VanIsleVibes wrote:
Oh perfect! Thanks so much! They seem to be at least 20-30% cheaper and I could probably pick them up. Know of any good places in Canada to pick up cheap tiki decor like masks, mugs, bar items and things?



Unfortunately, with Tiki stuff, cheap is cheap.

I think it's fair to say that good number of people who are new to it are willing to buy cheap to start with, and as they learn more their standards improve and their interests refine. I was inaugurated by Disney, and afterwards started picking up some the cheapo, readily available mugs by companies like Accouterments. There is also a Chinese company named Dynasty Wholesale that inherited the Tiki mug designs of an older company called Orchids of Hawaii. I've noticed that Dynasty is sort of looked down on, but I do genuinely like the designs of their mugs that I've bought. A nice website to order those (and a few other mug designs) off of is
The Crafty Bartender. They're a Canadian company, so the shipping and handling isn't totally outrageous, and they have fantastic customer service.

Since I'm at that stage of refining my own collection, I might even be into selling you my "Tiki starter set" for a reasonable price, if you're interested.


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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-02-20 11:52 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-02-20 20:33, EnchantedTikiGoth wrote:

Unfortunately, with Tiki stuff, cheap is cheap.

Since I'm at that stage of refining my own collection, I might even be into selling you my "Tiki starter set" for a reasonable price, if you're interested.



Oh yeah, I know. haha! I should have clarified by asking for places less expensive than others?? Haha! Ill check out that place too. Thanks!
If you're selling this starter kit, PM me and let me know what you have. I might be interested. As you can tell I dont have room for much except rum and tiki mugs and I do already have one row of some cheapies but, Im not so much interested in their cost as I am their designs and how they theme with my bar. Let me know


 
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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-02-20 11:54 pm   Permalink

Just starting out the carving on my wall panels. They're also pine, but a softer pine than the bar top. Once they're done I'll need to sand and smooth some of these out and then stain.
Should take me until my kids are in university before I'm done these.

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whoseyrtiki
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Posted: 2016-02-21 09:52 am   Permalink

Nice touch!

 
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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-04-18 5:23 pm   Permalink

Built some shelving below the bar top.


Shelving next to the sink for mugs etc. Installed some lighting as well.



 
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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-04-18 5:31 pm   Permalink

Adding some details.
(not sure why its sideways. Shouldnt be)
Most of the wood boards have been put up. Just need the thatch wave for the wall and a ceiling. I have NO idea what to do for the ceiling. Its such a small space and I thought about stars but that would white out the colours.
Might just stick with the ship theme and make them dark wood planks.


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VanIsleVibes
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Posted: 2016-04-18 5:33 pm   Permalink

Temporary lighting installed and some foliage.



 
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Fez Moai
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Posted: 2016-04-18 6:17 pm   Permalink

It's coming along nicely.

 
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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 2016-04-19 03:54 am   Permalink

You did a great job with the lighting, especially the underlit mug shelf.

 
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