Basement Tiki Bar



I have been spending a lot of time in the basement recently. Since I wasn’t feeling well this last week, it seemed like a good place to hang out and rest in front of the TV. However, I am one of those people who have issues resting. It just doesn’t come naturally. My mind keeps working, and before you know it, I am up doing projects during the commercials.

There are TONS of commercials these days,  you know? I completed this entire Tiki Bar decor project during the commercials for the show Castle. Okay, it was more than one episode. Actually, it was a lot of episodes. But once I got started I couldn’t stop.  It was so much fun!

Do you remember how ugly the bar was? Here’s the before picture:

Yikes! Painting the entire room white was the first thing we did. What a difference it made!

When I was doing research on Mid-Century design, I came across a bunch of information on Tiki-Bars. Apparently, the Tiki bar was the must have item in home decor of the 1950’s and  60’s. I loved the idea! How can you not love a Tiki Bar?

I happened to see a big pile of grass skirts at the Dollar Store one day, and I grabbed them. I love the Dollar Store!

Then I went back again, and again for a few more goodies.

This is what the bar looks like now. I cut apart the grass skirts and arranged them in rows across the front of the bar, which was covered in nasty staples that apparently held carpeting at one time. I pounded the staples in so they wouldn’t be sharp if you are leaning against the bar.

I used thumb tacks to hold the skirts in place, and overlapped them slightly for a layered look. I cut apart a few floral lays to decorate the top of the skirt, and added some fun floral battery operated lights as well. All of these items came from the Dollar Store.

I haven’t decided what to use to cover the step yet, I tried a couple of things but none of them have really worked. It’s very rough and uneven, not sure how it will all work out. I will keep you posted on the progress.

The bar shelf (I don’t know what it’s called) that was black originally, was wrapped in burlap ribbon for an inexpensive rustic look, and the ends secured with more thumb tacks.

I wanted something fun to decorate the wall behind the bar and decided on Grandpa’s postcards. They are part of his collection from the post WWII era. Many are from the South Pacific and are great conversation pieces! The cards are hung on twine with tiny clothes pins.

I saw the Heartbreak Hotel sign on sale at Hobby Lobby, I had to have it. I just saw Elvis in Blue Hawaii recently, and was completely inspired by it.

The parrot garland came from the Dollar Store as well.

I like how colorful and fun the bar is. So different from the dreary before project!

If you missed my behind the bar decor post, you can read more about it here.

Other progress in this room…..

To the right of the bar sits the gallery wall, you can read more about that here. The red lettered signs coordinate with the touches of red behind the bar.

I still have to put the family photos up on this wall, guess that will be a good rainy day project!

On the other end of the room, sits the TV. There are some fun touches here too, the glowing Mancave clock makes me laugh, and since I used to live in NYC, I loved the Madison Ave. sign when I saw it.

The last project in the basement is the wall shelves, more on this coming soon along with the big reveal!

Have a great day!

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