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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-09-06 7:19 pm   Permalink

here's some long overdue shots of the BAMBOO BUNKER, my home bar......ENJOY!!



The entire room was built from the ground up.....all new walls, new electric, new plumbing, new cabinets, stove and sink, etc.....The bar/island was made from 2 kitchen cabinet units.....i joined them together, with the cabinet drawers and doors facing the stove and sink and then took the crappy side that is supposed to face the wall and cut out custom display cases with lighting and plexi-glass windows.....covered it in faux leopard and bamboo.......the carving holding up the soffit was one of 4 from the old rock-a-tiki bar..it was from oceanic arts. custom cut a standard counter top from home depot to fit...the knick-knack shelves were $5 each at ikea!! The big tiki in the fore-ground is a foam tiki from united airlines..



here's a close-up of the display case.....the floors are cement, so i used that epoxy paint from home depot that comes with the little flecks and chips that you scatter into the drying paint.....gives it a sandy beach look and is easy to clean up spilled mai tais off of......


more pics to follow soon.....

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finkdaddy
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Joined: May 11, 2004
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From: Wisconsin
Posted: 2006-09-06 7:24 pm   Permalink

Nice bar!! I especially love the display cases. Great idea on the floor too, I wish I had thought of that.
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IsleConch
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2006-09-06 7:48 pm   Permalink

SWEEEET !!!....beautiful, I love the BIG tiki by the wall.

 
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Slacks Ferret
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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From: Calgary
Posted: 2006-09-06 7:56 pm   Permalink

I love it! More pics! Huzzah!


 
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TikiTikiTavi
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Joined: Jul 12, 2004
Posts: 121
From: Exotica
Posted: 2006-09-06 8:00 pm   Permalink

Fantastic!!! Well done!!!

 
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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2006-09-06 8:05 pm   Permalink

Very nice! I love your use of bamboo & animal print along the bar, utilizing the front for display cases. genius!

Question: Did you use regular glass, or plexy? (I foresee smashed glass if I attempted that in my rowdy household)

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*edit* whoops, I see you've already answered my question! - Plexy! See I was so enamoured with your pictures I didn't see the informative text *edit*

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Haole Kat
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Joined: Aug 02, 2004
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From: St Petersburg, FL
Posted: 2006-09-06 8:10 pm   Permalink

Very nice bar, man. I gotta agree that those display shelves really look great, too.

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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2006-09-06 11:21 pm   Permalink

Way to go Tipsy!
Enjoy you're new "Great Escape"


 
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pappythesailor
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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
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From: Mass.
Posted: 2006-09-07 03:34 am   Permalink

It's wonderful. You clearly worked very hard because the results are super. Please post more pics!

 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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From: Andover, England
Posted: 2006-09-07 03:56 am   Permalink

Same as....

Wow great bar. please post some more pics.

Mahalo


 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-09-07 04:30 am   Permalink

..thanks for all the positive feedback!!! i will post more pics shortly.......

The room itself is located in the basement and because of the low ceilings and narrow window up fromt (which hasn't been shown yet) it has a real bunker type of feel to it, so it was a natural to dub it the bamboo bunker.....i wanted to down play the tiki as far as decor so it's not quite as over the top as my last bar in my old place, but the room has a solid mix of low-brow art and retro stylings....i combined a number of 50's style elements and imagery throughout the space.....the washroom is through the door to the left of the bar, and i went with a sci-fi 50's theme in there......lot's of tin-toy robots, pinstriping highlights and original sci-fi themed art......


 
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Matt Reese
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Joined: May 09, 2005
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2006-09-07 05:46 am   Permalink

Looks great! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing peoples home bars.

 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-09-07 06:49 am   Permalink

Tipsy I love your bar in fact I am getting some ideas for my tiki bar from the pictures. I love your display case, it looks great. Great job.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-09-07 10:07 am   Permalink

thanks!!...what was cool about the cabinets is that there already was a shelf built into each one...this determined where the windows would be located....i then built a three-sided box, wrapped it in burlap and that created the shadowbox effect otherwise, one could look through and see the contents of the cabinet.....i left the top open and lite the display case with 2 rope lites, 6 ft. long....one on the top, one on the bottom and a red one under the drink rail to throw light on the facade....on the right side of the bar is a 4 outlet junction box inside the bar....this is where i plug all the bar lites in. the rope lites throw enough lite into the cabinet that i can see which bottle of booze i'm grabbin from the backside......this kills 2 birds with one stone. i also utilized the soffit as a place to store glasses, coasters and what-not as it is open on the backside of the bar and acts as a nice storage space for bar stuff....

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2006-09-07 10:12 am   Permalink

oh yeah, i found it very affordable to use these prefab cabinets, cause most of the bullshit work is already done, complete with 4 drawers and 4 cabinet doors....all you need to do is throw a top on it and decorate it...then, -instant bar!!......the height of my bar is standard for a breakfast island in a kitchen, but if you wanted to use the same idea for a standard size bar, simply construct a base to make up the differance in height, then attach your cabinets to it and buy yourself some barstools and you're done...

 
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