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My tiki bar (please critique)
Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-05-12 09:40 am   Permalink

why not make grass matte covered panels for your bar and use velcro to attache them?..that way you won't be putting screw holes in the bar. in fact, forget the velcro and build a one piece mdf cover that fits over the existing bar, like a shell...that way, if you ever want to change it, throw the facade away...or if you want to keep it, just screw it to the existing bar and call it done.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2007-05-12 09:42 am   Permalink

..looks like you got some wasted space under the bar....you should put another level of shelving above where the booze is.....you may not be able to store more booze, but it's a good place for glassware...

 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2007-05-12 5:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-05-11 13:17, Lingam wrote:
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On 2007-05-11 13:03, Swanky wrote:
Well, it's very plain so far. Obviously you need stuff on the walls. I would maybe hang a spear from the record shelf supports and maybe run some directed lights on a dimmer under those too that add a little light to the wall stuff. You just have to break up that space. More stuff, period, but more stuff hanging.

On the bar, why not permanently attach? At least do some bamboo framing.

I'd also add cross "beams" to your ceiling and use some jute to tie them together for the island look. I would also put large bamboo or even just some weathered logs in the corners. You have a lot of hut look going, you want to continue the illusion. Are you in a hut? Make it look like it all over.

Nothing a few years of collecting and creating can't make great.




Alas, a plain tiki bar. Oh no! I plan on putting two tiki masks (back lit from inside) on the long green wall to help break up the space. I do like the spear idea with lights, thats really cool.

The reason I don't want to permanantly attach anything is, I hand built the bar and if I ever decide to change the decor (not that I think I will mind you) I do not want to damage the bar. It is all red oak so its not cheap to repair.

I appreciate your ideas and suggestions. If you are ever around Nashville let me know and you can come have a couple drinks with us.

Lingam


You're in Nashville? I am there fairly regularly. My sister lives there. I was at the flea market there a few weeks ago and found nothing at all. Either there is nothing or someone has come through and grabbed it all early.
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2007-05-13 12:57 pm   Permalink

Why do you have the shelf with the records so close to the ceiling?

I would suggest putting another shelf below it that goes from one wall to a bit more than the half-way point, and then another shelf the same way from the other wall. it would give you two shelves to hold taller stuff in the corners, and three shelves to display from in the middle.

But listening to me is not the best idea because I drink.

Lots.



 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-05-13 10:10 pm   Permalink

Personally don't like the green. Tan or dark brown. The green doesn't flow with the room.

Except for that, a good start. Bars should never be complete, always added to.


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 06:43 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-12 09:42, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
..looks like you got some wasted space under the bar....you should put another level of shelving above where the booze is.....you may not be able to store more booze, but it's a good place for glassware...



The pic from behind the bar is old. I actually did put a shelf under the right side for glasses and I am going to put a wine fridge on the left. The middle will be open for storage and misc bartending things.

Lingam


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 06:44 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-12 09:40, Tipsy McStagger wrote:
why not make grass matte covered panels for your bar and use velcro to attache them?..that way you won't be putting screw holes in the bar. in fact, forget the velcro and build a one piece mdf cover that fits over the existing bar, like a shell...that way, if you ever want to change it, throw the facade away...or if you want to keep it, just screw it to the existing bar and call it done.



Thats a good idea. That may actually be the route I go.

Thanks

Lingam


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 06:47 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-13 12:57, Chip and Andy wrote:
Why do you have the shelf with the records so close to the ceiling?

I would suggest putting another shelf below it that goes from one wall to a bit more than the half-way point, and then another shelf the same way from the other wall. it would give you two shelves to hold taller stuff in the corners, and three shelves to display from in the middle.

But listening to me is not the best idea because I drink.

Lots.





Shelf height was a practical matter. If the shelf were any lower then the drunk people coming down the stairs would be in danger of clocking their head on the shelf. I originally wanted it about 6 inches lower, until I realized what would happen. I might add another shelf, but the green wall is where I am going to hang a couple of tiki masks that have lights in them, so I will have to see after I do that. Thanks for the suggestions.

Lingam


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 06:51 am   Permalink


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You're in Nashville? I am there fairly regularly. My sister lives there. I was at the flea market there a few weeks ago and found nothing at all. Either there is nothing or someone has come through and grabbed it all early.




Yeah, there isn't much in the way of tiki there. I sweep through about every month and look and I haven't found much. Most of the flea market is the "as seen on TV" stuff and counrty craft stuff. shoot me a message next time you head this way, My wife and I could meet and go to the Omni Hut and then back to our place for some drinks.

Lingam



 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 06:54 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-13 22:10, Lake Surfer wrote:
Personally don't like the green. Tan or dark brown. The green doesn't flow with the room.

Except for that, a good start. Bars should never be complete, always added to.



Really? You don't like the green? Most people that have seen it really like it, plus it adds a bit of color to the room. Don't you think that a whole room that was neutral colors would be a bit...well dull? I would appreciate your insights.

Lingam


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2007-05-14 07:14 am   Permalink

Lingam, you are doing a great job. Maybe you could change some of the existing furniture with some rattan or 50's pieces. Maybe one of the walls could have tapa cloth with bamboo matting around it, (you could buy the fabric). And some artificial tropical plants with red lighting on them, to set the mood right. Maybe some plastic tropical plants?

 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 07:33 am   Permalink

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On 2007-05-14 07:14, hiltiki wrote:
Lingam, you are doing a great job. Maybe you could change some of the existing furniture with some rattan or 50's pieces. Maybe one of the walls could have tapa cloth with bamboo matting around it, (you could buy the fabric). And some artificial tropical plants with red lighting on them, to set the mood right. Maybe some plastic tropical plants?



Yeah the furniture is the next thing to change. I am looking for the right pieces to use. I like these barrel chairs in the ScotTiki's Moai Lounge


Of course if I find the right rattan ones that would be good too. I am going to get some plants and some tapa. The tapa will go on the small wall on the left of the jukebox. You can't see it from the pics, it is about 2.5 feet long, but it is the perfect place for tapa. And I might put some on the bottom of the long shelf as well. Thanks for the ideas.

Lingam


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-05-14 12:05 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-05-14 06:54, Lingam wrote:
Quote:

On 2007-05-13 22:10, Lake Surfer wrote:
Personally don't like the green. Tan or dark brown. The green doesn't flow with the room.

Except for that, a good start. Bars should never be complete, always added to.



Really? You don't like the green? Most people that have seen it really like it, plus it adds a bit of color to the room. Don't you think that a whole room that was neutral colors would be a bit...well dull? I would appreciate your insights.

Lingam



For me the walls are just walls. It is what you put on top of them that counts. Weapons, paintings, masks. The wall is sort of the canvas to me, whether that be paint or tropical wall coverings. You build on top of that and the wall becomes neutral, but still part of the overall room. I went with a reed fence lauhala combo divided by carved chair rail...



Its your bar, so do what makes you happiest.


 
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2007-05-14 12:09 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-05-14 07:14, hiltiki wrote:
And some artificial tropical plants with red lighting on them, to set the mood right. Maybe some plastic tropical plants?




Plants and vines really add an interest to the bar, and really give it that tropical feel. You can even work with vines to make it appear that the jungle outside is trying to get in.

You don't have to break the bank either on silk plants or plastic. Craft stores like Michael's and JoAnn's have a ton of stuff to work with. And both have weekly or bi-weekly coupons that take 40% off of one item. I save up coupons and make big plant purchases with them.


 
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Lingam
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Posted: 2007-05-14 2:35 pm   Permalink

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For me the walls are just walls. It is what you put on top of them that counts. Weapons, paintings, masks. The wall is sort of the canvas to me, whether that be paint or tropical wall coverings. You build on top of that and the wall becomes neutral, but still part of the overall room. I went with a reed fence lauhala combo divided by carved chair rail...



Its your bar, so do what makes you happiest.



First off, you have a beautiful room. I agree on the plants and some more of the decor. I am still working on that part. That's why I asked. I will take a look for some more stuff at Michaels to see what I can find. Thanks

Lingam


 
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