Thrift Find: Bar

My husband and I got a bee in our bonnets a little while ago about getting ourselves a bar for our living room. We host friends for football games, etc and having everything crammed onto a little kitchen cart just wasn’t working. One weekend we made an amazing find at San Francisco’s Building ReSources.

I’ve written about this recycling center briefly here. Building ReSources is a fantastic non-profit organization that works to recycle construction materials and keep them out of landfills. Folks redoing their kitchens, bathrooms, etc can donate the unwanted construction materials so that folks like me can pick through them and find the gems at a steal! The center itself is organized beautifully so you can find what you need. It’s a great place to pick up a few tiles for a small project, a small piece of cabinet or counter top, and just about any bit or piece you can think of. One of the things that’s really great about the center are the great gardens and art pieces spread throughout the property to provide some inspiration (next time I go I’ll have to take some pictures and share them here!).

Anyhoo, onto our new bar!

Bar ReFinish


This magnificent piece is sold wood, exactly what we wanted and just needs a little TLC! The best part was the price! The same day we found this piece we were out shopping at home stores and found that this beautiful bar actually cost LESS than cheap particle board versions that were half the size when buying new.

We’ve got just a few touches to make this bar perfect. One of the doors is missing it’s little magnet bit that would normally keep it closed, so it hangs open a bit.

DIY Bar RefinishThe top definitely has a few big gouges on it that, unfortunately, we think happened at the ReBuild center. There was a huge box of nuts and bolts and a bunch of other junk piled on top of it when we cleared it out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Thrift Furniture RefinishLuckily, the top is such a nice thick slab of solid wood, we’ll be able to sand that down no problem! Finally, someone at some point felt the need to label the contents of one of the drawers.

Thrifted Bar RefinishHmmmm. I’ve been sitting on this post for a while and my husband suggested I, you know, get on it. I’m glad he suggest it, we bought this bar a couple months ago but it’s just been sitting unfinished in the living room. Pulling together this post has given me new enthusiasm for the project!!

Maybe I’ll get sanding today!!!! Maybe……


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