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Vintage Tiki Bar In The Rough

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Mel and I drove to a small town outside Chico to pick up a Tiki bar we found on Craigslist.

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This Tiki bar was not in as good of condition as we thought it would be. All that means is I have to restore it. We plan to put this in the shop because Tiki stuff seems to be doing really well right now.

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This bar looks fantastic from 20ft away but upon closer examination you can see that it will need some freshening up.

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All the bamboo will need to be sanded and an application of Ipswich Pine stain will be applied. Once dry I will polyurethane everything to seal it from the elements.

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The feet of this bar were made of compressed particle board. As you can see, they are rotten from water soaking into them. I purchased a 2 x 6 x 10 piece of lumber to replace all three of the rotted feet.

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The Formica on top has a crack. I am going to use some creative license on the repair of the top. You will see what I am planning once I complete the bar.

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This bar has a built-in cutting board, drawer and towel bar. As you can see, it has a lot of area for storage. This area will be refinished as well.

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Of course the chairs will need to be refinished but the cushions are fine. They appear to have been redone recently.

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I will be getting to work on this soon. It shouldn’t take long. Once restored, I am positive someone will want this in their home to enjoy for years to come.

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5 responses »

  1. Looks like a LOT of work! But I KNOW you’ll have it right as rain and back to it’s glory! Pretty set

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  2. Enjoyed this post as I just bought a little dinnette set very similar to this; my dinnette chairs look just like your bar stools!

    Question: what is the Pine Ipswich stain you mention? I want to refinish my bamboo chairs too. I was going to do a light sand, then seal with a satin polyurethane.

    But I have never heard of the Pine Ipswich stain. Does it give it a color?

    Thanks for any info! Mimi

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  3. Pingback: Amazing Bar with Frederic Weinberg Stools | Hepcat Restorations

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