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The Tiki Room, Waterloo ON
Chad
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Joined: Oct 06, 2013
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From: Waterloo Ontario Canada
Posted: 2014-06-19 06:46 am   Permalink

Hi everyone.

I've been a fan of tiki culture for about 10 years now, but really got started collecting in earnest around 4 years ago. Living in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, it is not as easy to come by tiki items, so most of my colllection was gathered via the web.

Last fall, after a trip to Vegas and a visit to Frankie's Tiki Room, I was inspired to put our unused storage room in the basement to use and bulid a bar room. The room had just been gathering dust and holding boxes and junk. Over the course of a few weeks, I bulit The Tiki Room (boring name, but inspired by Frankie's). Here's some shots of the construction progress and its current state. I'm pretty proud of my Tiki Room, and it has been the location of quite a few fun nights since it was bulit.

I'm relatively new to TC, having only posted about a mug sale last year. This is an awesome place - I hope you don't mind me joining the conversation.

(Some of the photos I'll post were from instagram, so please forgive the filtered look they might have.)

The room as it looked before the work began:




A plan for the room built on an ipad app:



 
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Chad
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From: Waterloo Ontario Canada
Posted: 2014-06-19 06:51 am   Permalink

The room cleaned out, with the old carpet removed.



I cut a hole in the wall in the corner, and moved my beer fridge in, with the back of it protruding into a hallway. This pic also includes the new carpet.



I added a woven grass mat ceiling by gluing the mat to the existing drop-ceiling tiles, and putting them back in place.



 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 06:54 am   Permalink

Here's the frame of the bar:




And with the bar lights installed. I used Philips Hue bulbs in all my lamps, so the lights can change to pretty much any colour (although I find the bulbs don't really do green very well.)



 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 06:58 am   Permalink

In this pic, the face of the bar is done, wrapped in a bamboo mat. The bar rail is a large bamboo rail. I masks on the wall were just to pretty-up the in-progress shot.




Next, I added the thatch awning.



 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:02 am   Permalink

I installed a beer tap on the bar, with the keg/fridge located right below it.




Liquor shelves were added to the back wall. I later added a third shelf (you'll see that in later photos). Shelves around the top perimeter of the room were also added to hold my mug collection.



 
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Thortiki
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From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2014-06-19 07:05 am   Permalink

NICE start! Like how you did pre plan layout of the space. You may want to try some darker contact paper on the white fridge fronts. Keep us updated.

 
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Chad
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From: Waterloo Ontario Canada
Posted: 2014-06-19 07:06 am   Permalink

To fill the right corner, I built a fake surfboard out of a pine shelf, stain, and epoxy lacquer.



Here's the liquor shelves with the third shelf added, and LED lights installed on the tiki mug shelf:





 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:10 am   Permalink

I added a brass rail to the base of the bar, and a shelf unit to one of the corners to hold my tiki-related material.

Now some "after" shots.

I originally included a dart board with a light shining on it. However, space was a little too tight and we weren't using it, so I replaced it with a lamp with another Hue bulb.

With dart board:




Dart board removed, light added:



 
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littlegiles
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From: Lancaster, SC
Posted: 2014-06-19 07:14 am   Permalink

That is a great transformation. Love what you did with the ceiling.

- Dale


 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:21 am   Permalink









 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:22 am   Permalink



I later added some shells and starfish to the net:



 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:23 am   Permalink

I found a Longboard Lager tap on eBay (too bad the beer itself is not available in Canada!):







 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:24 am   Permalink




I recently picked up a Philips Hue Bloom light for the surfboard:



 
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Chad
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From: Waterloo Ontario Canada
Posted: 2014-06-19 07:26 am   Permalink

My Griderco cast aluminum Moai:




And the sign above the entrance to The Tiki Room: (sorry, I can't get it to post in the correct orientation for some reason (I've tried rotating it), but you get the ghist):



 
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Chad
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Posted: 2014-06-19 07:27 am   Permalink

The tiki mug shelf:




And the rum shelf:





 
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