It's been a minute since I promised some updates on the tiki bar. Sorry about that. We made some major progress on it, and while it's not quite finished, it is so close. As a reminder, here's what it looked like when we moved in:
We'd gone back and forth on whether to tear the whole thing down. There's already a garden shed (which you can see just to the right), and that takes care of our storage needs. The white lattice detail up there is plastic and looks terrible up close. And the cement blog is blah, especially when compared to the nice brick paving the rest of this area. The one great thing about this space? It provides a covered area for our grill. Edward and I use that thing all the time, and I wanted to optimize the space for outdoor entertaining.
Progress! We painted the space in Farrow & Ball's Studio Green, which is a gorgeously complex shade that can go from black to gray to green to blue depending on the light. It covered up that lattice perfectly, and now it fits in with the rest of the area. We finally gave away the extra quarter round (leftover from redoing our floors) so it's no longer lodged in the ceiling. We covered the cement block with a (slightly too long, whoops) rug from Rugs USA.
We moved the garden hose and installed a shelf on that wall in its place. I was hoping to find a live edge slab to put here, but Edward and I really just wanted to move on with this project and went with what we could find at Home Depot. I'd found some rad rattan barstools on Craigslist for this spot, but the seller never responded. Sigh. The search continues.
When it's nice out, we do a lot of cooking outside. I wanted more surface area that would allow for a bit of prep work and a place to rest a drink during grill duty. I'm on the lookout for some decent hooks so we can hang our grill tools out here. That little cutting board is the perfect size for slicing limes for guacamole or a Modelo.
And since it's not quite Modelo and guac weather anymore, we're also storing our firewood out here. Our other project this weekend was to prep the fireplace so it's ready for use. We still have a bit more work on that front, but I'll share that update soon
Are you working on any house projects this weekend? Taking advantage of the last days of gorgeous fall weather before the cold sends us indoors for good?
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