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Suggestions for our tiki bar top?
albino tiki
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2009-01-29 1:18 pm   Permalink

Numatiki has an old bar that he bought when he was about 18 years old. It has gotten a little banged up over the years and didn't seem stylistically appropriate in his home bar, so he asked me to tiki-fy it.


Before:









After:








We refaced the front and sides of the bar with various materials including some carvings by the mid-west's own, Lake Tiki!

Now, we're trying to decide what to do with the bar top and edge. The plan is to remove the existing red tile and make the top a solid rectangular shape (eliminate the recessed area). We may refurbish the padded arm rest or eliminate it altogether. I'm leaning toward the idea of making a glass mosaic top with classic tiki images on it, but we'd love to hear any suggestions you creative folks might have or please post photos of what you have done with your own bar tops.


Existing top:







Suggestions, please?





 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-01-29 1:30 pm   Permalink

WOW!! I love what you did to it. What a work of art. Seriously. Nice.

 
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TikiMango
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2009-01-29 4:40 pm   Permalink

Great rework of that bar! I personally enjoy padded bar tops (you don;t see them anymore), and I think the red tiles would fit in any decor. I say it's done as is.
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GO TIKI
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Joined: Feb 21, 2004
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From: SURF CITY HUNTINGTON BEACH
Posted: 2009-01-29 4:48 pm   Permalink

I'd agree with TikiMango, Leave the tile top, Easy clean-up and has nice vintage look.
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BambooLodge
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Joined: Feb 09, 2003
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From: Just up the road from Chef Shangri-La
Posted: 2009-01-30 07:41 am   Permalink

Looks great! Totally agree with the tile, leave as is. We have a tile top on our bar here at BambooLodge and love it. Easy clean up, and easy to maintain.
Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 
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Gooberfreek
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From: Manchester, England, UK
Posted: 2009-01-30 2:24 pm   Permalink

That is awsome, Im very Jealous... I too would leave the top as it is, you dont want to spoil the padding aroud the edge...
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Posted: 2009-01-30 3:00 pm   Permalink

Yep...and the tiles have a nice exotic, tapa-like look to them.

 
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Tipsy McStagger
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From: HELL
Posted: 2009-01-30 4:49 pm   Permalink


..i suggest you invite us all over for a drink and we can stand around the bar discussing what to do about the top of it. .....it's easier to come up with solutions when the problem is right in front of us.....rum helps too!!
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albino tiki
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2009-01-31 3:00 pm   Permalink

Thanks for all of your kind replies. The general consensus seems to be "leave the tile top as is" and we probably will, at least for now.

Tipsy, come on over to Numatiki's bar. He lives in the 'burbs so it's a bit of a trek but he'll set you up with some mai tais and you can help us brainstorm.


 
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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2009-02-01 5:33 pm   Permalink

Is that bamboo or PVC made to look like bamboo? We just put a bamboo footrest in our bar...
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hala bullhiki
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Joined: Nov 26, 2002
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From: champaign,illinois
Posted: 2009-02-02 08:43 am   Permalink

that bar rules, wow, nice work!

 
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albino tiki
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2009-02-02 11:29 am   Permalink

Swanky,

The footrest is real guadua bamboo which is very strong. I wanted to use the black bamboo that was used on the rest of the bar, but it just isn't strong enough to support any weight.


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-02-02 11:43 am   Permalink

Hi Albino, you could torch the footrest to darken it. I did that with the tall vertical poles on this wall and it worked pretty well.





You could test it out on a scrap piece to see if you like it.


 
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albino tiki
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From: Chicago
Posted: 2009-02-02 11:55 am   Permalink

Thanks, Mr. Pupu, that's a good idea! I've been watching your progress on Hula Sue's and your work is very inspirational!

 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2009-02-02 2:56 pm   Permalink

Beautiful work and craftsmanship!

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of it!

I now remember the patterns you brought with you last Spring when you were picking out pieces.

Very cool to see it all together!

See you at the Chef New Year party!


 
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