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The Popoki Lounge
Masher88
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Joined: Jul 15, 2011
Posts: 61
From: Cleveland, OH
Posted: 2013-07-07 1:01 pm   Permalink

After a few years of having an outdoor, 2 season tiki patio on the roof of our old (small) sunroom, TikiKitty and I have decided that the cold, Ohio winters are no fun! We have been very busy building an addition to our house for the past few months to hold our own full blown tiki bar. The Popoki Lounge. (Hawaiian for cat...you'll see why) This has been about a year or more in the planning. As anyone from the northeast can tell you, there ain't much tiki to be had around these parts and the cold, snowy winters make outdoor spaces not very practical!!! We've decided to bring it inside. We hired a contractor to do the shell of the addition, electrical and underground ductwork. Then, we took over for the "Tiki-fying" of the place. It's about 20'x14". It's still a work in progress, but what tiki bar is ever completely done? I'll start with some early construction pics.


The old sunroom with former rooftop tiki patio right before demo



While waiting for construction, we had the Saddest Tiki Party Ever.... (I think it was about 45 degrees that night)


Foundation wall for new addition. Mugs need a home!


Who knew a tiki bar comes in such a small bundle?!?!?


Wall framing done...cats approve, I think.


Drywall up, doors and windows too


Here's where I'll cut it and start a new post with the interior decorations.

Mahalo everyone!




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Masher88
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Joined: Jul 15, 2011
Posts: 61
From: Cleveland, OH
Posted: 2013-07-07 1:29 pm   Permalink

So, after the original shell construction phase (which only took about 5-6 weeks thanks to our awesome builder)...onto the Polynesian Bar Phase.


Painted all the walls brown. Reed and matting tend to show through if stark white is behind it.


Started putting up lauhala matting. It's a pain to work with. It came in rolls that wanted to roll back up like when bugs bunny tries to unroll blueprints! I used contact cement and staples.


Reed fencing for the bottom. Staples through the wiring holds it on the wall pretty well.


Finished "accent" tapa wall with burnt 1/2 round bamboo installed. You can also see the routed and stained baseboardtrim I did all around the room


Bar framing..I had no idea what to do!! It's a full wet bar with a small sink near the wall return...which I haven't ran water lines to yet.


1/2" Plywood for the front and 3/4" for the top. Now, It looks like a bar!


Framing the thatched roof overhang above the bar. Very tricky.


So, that about does it for the construction phase. I have tons more pics of construction, but that isn't why we are all here! I'll start a new post with the Tiki-fied room!


 
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Masher88
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Joined: Jul 15, 2011
Posts: 61
From: Cleveland, OH
Posted: 2013-07-07 1:44 pm   Permalink

Here's where years of accumulating stuff gets a home. I don't have many night time mood lighting shots...they look terrible on my phone camera. I'll have to wait til someone with a "real" camera comes for a drink!! Besides, we are still working out the lighting.




Waterfall and puffer fish lamp
















behind the bar


another behind the bar shot


Don't forget to tip your bartender!!


 
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
Posts: 6838
From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-07-07 2:34 pm   Permalink

Wow, that looks great. Congratulations on the new tiki bar.

 
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Masher88
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Joined: Jul 15, 2011
Posts: 61
From: Cleveland, OH
Posted: 2013-07-07 3:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-07-07 14:34, GROG wrote:
Wow, that looks great. Congratulations on the new tiki bar.


Thank you! We have yet to officially christen the bar with a party. Too much work makes Masher a dull tiki....


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 846
From: NJ
Posted: 2013-07-07 4:40 pm   Permalink

Looking great, Masher!

An indoor space is a great idea in Ohio! It would be a great idea here in NJ but we make due with our outdoor bar & hut.
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Sunny&Rummy
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Joined: Jun 13, 2013
Posts: 461
From: Melbourne, FL
Posted: 2013-07-07 5:18 pm   Permalink

Awesome job! That is going to be a great space.

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-07-07 5:36 pm   Permalink

That looks great. I have that same leopard print throughout my house...love it. You did a great job with the walls and ceiling.
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Masher88
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From: Cleveland, OH
Posted: 2013-07-07 6:11 pm   Permalink

Mahalo all! I'm writing this while sipping a cocktail at our bar. I'm having trouble with lighting the mugs on the shelving behind the bar. I'm not sure what to go with. Those tiny LED strip lights are like $70! The frugal part of me screams "hell no!" with that price. Any suggestions or bite the bullet and get the strip lights

 
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El Jefe
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Joined: Mar 13, 2012
Posts: 241
From: The Third Coast
Posted: 2013-07-07 6:22 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-07-07 18:11, Masher88 wrote:
Mahalo all! I'm writing this while sipping a cocktail at our bar. I'm having trouble with lighting the mugs on the shelving behind the bar. I'm not sure what to go with. Those tiny LED strip lights are like $70! The frugal part of me screams "hell no!" with that price. Any suggestions or bite the bullet and get the strip lights



Check Ikea. These might work?

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50192073/

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komohana
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Joined: Nov 08, 2010
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From: western australia
Posted: 2013-07-07 7:10 pm   Permalink

LOL! Those pre-construction party shots are hilarious!!

Great job on the room, no more long faces I trust?



 
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TikiRetardo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2011
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From: Sacramento,California
Posted: 2013-07-07 7:19 pm   Permalink

Fantastic job !!

 
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Thurston Howell IV
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Joined: Apr 08, 2013
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From: Hervey Bay Australia
Posted: 2013-07-07 7:27 pm   Permalink

Good work all round. Glad the cats approve. Does the bar have a name - I know your post indicates that but were you going to have that displayed (unless I missed it)?

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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2013-07-07 11:21 pm   Permalink

Killer job M88!
Cheers, David, La Mirada,Ca


 
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Tiki-kitty
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Joined: Apr 30, 2012
Posts: 63
From: Cleveland, Oh
Posted: 2013-07-08 06:46 am   Permalink

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On 2013-07-07 19:27, Thurston Howell IV wrote:
Good work all round. Glad the cats approve. Does the bar have a name - I know your post indicates that but were you going to have that displayed (unless I missed it)?

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Hi! This is Tiki-Kitty (Mrs Masher). The bar is named The Popoki Lounge. We do have a sign for it (will post a picture soon). We are trying to figure out a good way to light is without making it look like an 'Eat At Joe's' kinda thing. We will probably go with a well hidden spot light.
Mahalo!


 
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