||Inspired by these forums to build my first outdoor bar
Joined: May 07, 2007
From: Western Kentucky
|Posted: 2007-05-07 11:35 am  Permalink|
After seeing so many wonderful projects through out this site, I told myself I could make something. My back yard has an in-ground pool then a separated garage with an overhang. This area was not being used and this is where I decided to put my new bar.
The pics I have added below go from initial construction – thru staining – to grouting the tile. I still have to polish off the tile and seal it and add some rope to be complete. But I wanted to thank you guys for all the wonder posts on this site.
Stain and protective coating started
Thatch Added and Bar top completed
Steps left are to buff off the tile and then apply protective coating...
Grand Member (6 years)
Joined: Jul 11, 2006
|Posted: 2007-05-07 11:50 am  Permalink|
Love the tile work.
Joined: Jul 07, 2005
From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
|Posted: 2007-05-07 1:34 pm  Permalink|
great gecko! Isn't fun to be inspired? TC just oozes creativity, right through the cable....
"If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning."
Joined: Jun 28, 2005
From: Va Beach
|Posted: 2007-05-07 3:45 pm  Permalink|
Wow, that's really sweet. Love the tile job! And based upon the carpentry I would say that might be the only thing standing after a nuclear attack.
Joined: Apr 13, 2006
|Posted: 2007-05-07 4:39 pm  Permalink|
Nice work, post a picture when you buff the tile, that's a nice mosaic.
Joined: May 07, 2007
From: Western Kentucky
|Posted: 2007-05-07 4:56 pm  Permalink|
And based upon the carpentry I would say that might be the only thing standing after a nuclear attack
I should also mention the only wood I have ever cut was firewood. That is what has been so great about this project. It has been a learning experience for sure.
When my wife and I began to put the grout on we thought we had messed it up. Luckily we were able to brush off the extra 5 pounds .
I just finished round one of buffing and I will do it again tomorrow night and grab some new images to post.
Oh...what would you guys seal this with? I have some of that pour on '50 coats poly' stuff... but I really did not want to use it for fear of messing up. Is there something else I can just spray on for several coats?
Thanks for all the kind words.
[ This Message was edited by: mswep 2007-05-07 17:01 ]
Joined: Apr 28, 2006
From: Bakersfield, California
|Posted: 2007-05-07 5:00 pm  Permalink|
That's one helluva first try! Excellent!
Joined: Sep 14, 2004
From: Sydney, Australia
|Posted: 2007-05-07 7:44 pm  Permalink|
Gorgeous work - it's a credit to you!
Joined: Jun 21, 2004
From: Little Rock, AR
|Posted: 2007-05-07 8:41 pm  Permalink|
Very nice tile work. I am very fond of mosaics myself. I've done an ocean scene and a large tiki fireplace scene in stained glass mosaics. Good work, it looks like you are addicted now. Keep going...
Where am I going? And how did I get in this hand-basket?
Joined: Aug 22, 2004
From: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 2007-05-08 03:11 am  Permalink|
Very nice bar! Reminds me of somewhere Iv'e been....
Curious now what goes overhead...
Joined: Nov 23, 2006
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
|Posted: 2007-05-08 05:19 am  Permalink|
Looking good....got tiki?
"Oh waiter, another cocktail please!!!"
Joined: Sep 02, 2006
From: Novato, CA
|Posted: 2007-05-08 08:00 am  Permalink|
I like the solid, overbuilt construction!
You may want to add some metal reinforcing clips and lag bolts underneath to keep the weather & use from loosening it up as the wood dries out.
Joined: Nov 25, 2006
|Posted: 2007-05-08 4:08 pm  Permalink|
Mrs Hoptiki here,
Nice job, and love your tile work.
Joined: Oct 31, 2003
|Posted: 2007-05-08 6:00 pm  Permalink|
Nice work! Way to be inspired, and then inspire back.
Joined: Dec 13, 2006
From: san leandro, California
|Posted: 2007-05-09 11:40 am  Permalink|
Thats really cool, re-inspired me to finish the one I was making. Koi mosaic in glass, with a black grout for contrast.
I'm going to put a replaceable sheet of acrylic over it to protect it and provide a really flat area for setting things on. Depending on how flat you were able to get your grout lines and tiles, you might go that rout for the top. Wouldn't really need to coat it in anything that way, either.