Bar Makeover

I posted a couple of months ago in my Instagram story about giving our wet bar a makeover. My mom was here (aka, project time) and we were painting away. It might be a bit delayed, but I'm finally sharing the completed bar! We went back and forth for months about how exactly to do this. It always started with the "quick coat of paint" idea but would immediately spiral into "well what if we can just get new counter tops and add a wine fridge" and then "well, it should match our future kitchen design and the plans for the family room that it's in" and before you know it, I literally thought that I needed to design every last detail of the entire ground floor of our house in order spruce up this bar. That's the story of home projects, isn't it? Eventually we took a chill pill (do people still say that?) and decided to do that "quick coat of paint version" until we are able to figure out the rest of the factors. So that's how we gave this bar a makeover for about $150. Here's how we did it.

Before, it looked like this:

Well, without those black and white paint swatches. Those came when we started to plan this mini makeover but I will admit they stayed there for a good month or two before we moved on to the next steps. We finally decided to just stick to the same color we've been using for everything else (Simply White by Benjamin Moore which is a slightly warmer true white) in a semi gloss. It pained me to keep the same counter tops but I thought with some copper accents and a bit more of an earthy vibe, this color could actually work. My plan is to eventually redo the entire cabinet and shelves up top, but for now we just removed the top doors and sawed off the divider in the middle to create the look of open shelving. Then it was just a matter of swapping out the handles, which I got from Anthropologie and styling the shelves! Super easy. Now that the poop smeared cabinets are out of the picture, we can move this full reno to the bottom of the list.