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Old 08-26-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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I'm going to put an "L" shaped bar into my basement. I had been planning to custom build the whole thing, but it would be a huge time saver if I could get some pre-built cabinets at a big box store, drop them in, and throw a counter top on them. My only concern with this approach is dressing up the back of the cabinets nicely since they'll be facing out into the space. I'm curious what other people have done in this situation.

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That would depend on what finish you are looking for, tile, glass tile, mirror, wood or any combination thereof.

You will also have to consider a mounting system for the foot rail, something that may post a challenge when using cabinets as you are thinking.

There are sheets of 1/4" vaneer's which once stained and poly'd look real good, especially if you add some wainscotting or fake stantions.

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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My preference is definitely to have wood paneling facing out. Something like this.

http://img2.timeinc.net/toh/i/step-b...ome-bar1-x.jpg

I'm just trying to think through whether there will be any gotchas with this route, for example getting the installed paneling to meet up and blend in well with the rest of the cabinetry. I suppose with some corner capping and the counter top installed it would be pretty hard to even know that the paneling had been added.
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The picture you attached is almost exactly what I was thinking, but, you have to realize how much work goes into all the trim work, not only the time, but also the necessary equipment to do a professional looking job.

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I've been woodworking since 6th grade shop; I've got all the gear and would bang out the paneling in a Saturday.

I was the contractor on the rest of the space for the building and electrical permits, which passed this morning with flying colors.
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Well then get cracking and finish the bar, we need a cold drink.....

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I am doing to thin stack stone on the front of my bar. something different and not terribly expensive.
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Did you custom build the rest or did you go with preassembled cabinets?
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Just built a kitchen that the cabinets came around for a breakfast bar, so it is L shaped on one side. I will build a 2” by 3” wall for the back of the cabinets to attach to and make the wall more stable. Then for this one, covered it with ply. and shot on bead board . Put 1”by 4” for baseboard and used fluted molding to box in the corners. The whole thing only took a couple of hours’ and the cost was very low.
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Just built a kitchen that the cabinets came around for a breakfast bar, so it is L shaped on one side. I will build a 2” by 3” wall for the back of the cabinets to attach to and make the wall more stable. Then for this one, covered it with ply. and shot on bead board . Put 1”by 4” for baseboard and used fluted molding to box in the corners. The whole thing only took a couple of hours’ and the cost was very low.
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Well thank you very much,

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