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The $10 Bar Makeover

I've been working on this project over the past 2 weeks in short bursts and now it's finally done!
If you've been following here for a while, you'll remember we brightened up the basement with white paint.  You can read about that HERE.  The lighting isn't very bright and the pine walls just made it darker.  We weren't sure what we wanted to do with the bar, so we just waited - until now!  Here's a before pic:
It didn't fit-in with the rest of the room, so it got 3 coats of white paint, leftover from painting  the room.  The footrest was covered with red linoleum, so I removed the metal edge, taped it off, and spray painted it with hammered gray - also a leftover from a previous project, and reused the same edge.

I finally found a use for all of those synthetic corks I had stashed away and created a design on the front of the bar:
The entire design took over 180 corks!
Then there was the top of the bar that was covered with the same red linoleum that I mentioned earlier:
My solution?  Vinyl Floor tiles!  Eight of them at 89 cents each.
A utility knife to cut, peel, and stick!

Some blue tape and caulk to finish the edge:
A complete transformation:
I did have to buy new caulk, since the tube I had was dried-out. 
Ten dollars later, I have this:

Time for cocktails!

If you've found another creative way to use vinyl tiles or synthetic wine corks, I'd love to hear about it.  
Feel free to share, pin, and follow - Have a great week!

Linking to:
Inspire Me Monday
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Cooking and Crafting With J & J
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Make It Pretty Monday
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  1. Fabulous makeover!! Love the lighter color, and the cork idea is so neat. You did a great job! Now following!!

    1. Thank you, Kathy - so happy to have you as a follower!

  2. Great project Ann and looks great. So happy you linked up at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you. Have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Vanessa. Always a pleasure to join your party!

  3. Great ideas! I keep wanting to do a bar area, so I am interested in all ideas I can find. :) gwingal

    1. Happy to help, Nikki. Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your project!

  4. Hi Ann, my name is Anne too (with an "e") and I'm a first time visitor to your blog (by way of Amaze Me Monday). This is amazing, I am so very impressed. Who would have thought you could get the look of marble with vinyl tiles?? Awesome! Anyway, have a great day, and hope to see you stop by my blog sometime to say hi (

    1. Hi Anne, thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be back again soon. I just stopped by your blog - great door!

  5. This turned out SO great!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Thank you, Jessica. I'll look into it!

  6. What a difference! I love the corks. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY Party!

    1. Thank you so much. I was looking for a great way to use all of those synthetic corks!
      Love the DIY Party!

  7. Such a huge difference! Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  8. Wow that must have been a lot of wine drinking but oh so worth it. Your bar looks beautiful. Very original and a huge improvment from before.

    1. HaHaHa, Mary! It took a few years and I had glad you like the final product!


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