This Guy Turned His Empty Basement Into The Coolest At-Home Bar I've Ever Seen

SEPTEMBER 12, 2016  —  By Corinne Sanders

Half the reason I go out to bars is for the cool ambience. Sure, the drinks are nice and seeing my friends is important, but I can do those things at home, too.

But at-home bars are typically pretty blah. They don't have any curb appeal. At least, that's what I thought until I saw what Reddit user andernic made in his basement.

He really wanted an at-home bar, so he decided to make that dream a reality. Knowing that it would increase his home's value, andernic really went above and beyond. After six months of hard work, he had transformed his dark basement into an incredible aviator-themed bar that would make any bartender jealous.

He began by lining the walls with wood planks and figuring out the placement for the columns.

He created the overhanging arch by screwing pieces of wood in place and did a mock-up of how the columns would look.

The space was super bare, but he had big plans...

He attached Sheetrock to all of the walls and the arch before priming everything.

A sleek gray would go perfectly with the bar's aviator theme.

Andernic bought two refrigerators and already-finished cabinets that were easy to assemble.

The wine racks were also purchased finished. He screwed them straight into the wall.

Next came the bar itself -- he began screwing and gluing medium density fiberboard to the floor.

Each sheet would form a cabinet inside the bar.

Using pocket screws, he attached more boards to the top of the base.

For an old-school look, he attached column beams. LED lights gave the space a more hi-tech feel.

He wanted a concrete bar top, so he screwed in edge forms.

And he taped fiber mesh inside to reinforce the concrete.

This helped him get the perfect curve and shape while pouring.

The seating area was done...then it was time to move to the countertop. He put concrete board down first to keep everything in place.

And it turned out exactly how he wanted it.

Next, the builder glued planks to the columns and attached a wire for the pub light.

Of course, they had to be painted black to match the bar's sleek look.

For the back bar, he attached the sink to one of the cabinets and filled the top around it with concrete.

The back wall was easy to create because he used faux stone sheets that were made out of foam.

But they look real enough to make those walls classy!

After screwing planks to the arch top for the bar's trim molding, he attached an LED light strip to it.

Then he wrapped the front of the bar with plywood and created columns.

With new wood flooring and a few coats of paint on the columns, the bar was already looking amazing.

All of the major building was done, so he got to work on sanding the concrete tops.

When they were smooth, he added three coats of concrete sealer and countertop wax to protect them.

For the final few touches, he installed these beautiful pub lights.

Even the sink looks awesome.

All the bar needed was some nice furniture and wall art to make it complete.

Isn't this the most epic home bar you've ever seen?

I am incredibly jealous of this gorgeous masterpiece.

I think andernic should just open for business -- it's too amazing not to share with the world. If you'd like to check out the full instructions for this project, you can find them here.


 

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