October, 2011

  1. Day 15 – Let there be light!

    October 18, 2011 by Felix

    You gotta have atmosphere in a bar setting!

    Running total: $804

  2. Day 14 – Top grouted… End in sight!

    October 17, 2011 by Felix

    Followed the instructions on the grout box and all went smoothly. Wish I had another sponge or two. Found myself rinsing the one I had every 2 minutes.

    Running total: $771

  3. Day 13 – Inside edges

    October 16, 2011 by Felix

    Yup, cheap bathroom tile! Spent $13.58 on black ceramic tile for the inside of the bar as opposed to the $105 it would’ve cost to use the same trim as on the outside. Stuck those suckers on with mastic and because they were nice and light, I didn’t have to use clamps or anything.

    Once this dries, I’m ready to grout the top!

    Running total: $759

  4. Day 12 – Done with outside edges

    October 11, 2011 by Felix

    When you’ve got the right tools, it makes things so much easier! The 3-way clamps really made things easier by holding on to those edges which were quite heavy!

    Thanks to this photo I found, I was cut the edges for the angled corners precisely at 22.5° so they’d meet perfectly at the 135° corners.

  5. Day 11 – Got the EDGES Finally!

    October 10, 2011 by Felix

    Finally got the 14 one-foot black granite edges I needed! My challenge was how they were going to stay put as the mastic got hard enough to hold them in place. I had an idea of what I needed but wasn’t sure if it existed and sure enough…. the 3-way clamp! At $8 each, I did NOT want to buy 14 of them to get it all done at once so I just bought 3 and will just have to do 3 at a time. If I get up 1/2 hour earlier each day, I could then do 6 a day if it hardens enough in 12 hours.

    Then, I grouted the walls with just plain white, non-sanded grout. Nothing to this really. Mix, spread, wait, wipe, wait, wipe, wipe, wipe.

    Running total: $745

  6. Day 10 – A tribute to Johnnie

    October 3, 2011 by Felix

    There’s something about black that’s just… bar-like. As you saw yesterday, I started to paint the underneath of the bar black and today I (almost) finished painting the back, inside all black. I think it looks great and takes away the focus from everywhere except the parts that I want people to notice. Namely, the top and walls.

    Running total: $602

  7. Day 9 – The Wall

    October 1, 2011 by Felix

    Today I finished the tiling on the long side plus the edge at the end. Had to get another bucket of mastic for this and now have plenty left over.

    When I went to Home Depot today, I found the edges I’m going to use which was cool but darn expensive! $6.95 isn’t much… until you need 14 of them! Still, all in all, there’s no less expensive way to have a bar built.

    Watch a video of the Goodyear blimp checking up on my progress!


    Running total: $570