One thing that might not come to mind is watching Dawson's Creek. But that's exactly what I did while waiting for coats of paint to dry on a bookshelf I was turning into a bar. Subsequently, all of my book instruction headers will now be Dawson's Creek puns, interspersed with classic Dawson's Creek quotes.
CJ (to Jen)
Dawson's Tears Flow like Paint Drips
My first order of business was to choose a color of paint for the bookshelf. This is something that takes me some time. I usually live with the piece for a few days, occasionally staring at it or holding fabric up to it to determine what would look best. For this bookshelf, I chose a soft grey chalk paint. I turned the bookshelf upside down to take advantage of the top design.
Attaching fabric to anything is no easy feat. Anyone can paint, prime, sand, and refurbish something, but applying fabric is a real skill. After choosing to work with a grey and yellow fabric for the backing of this bookshelf, I purchased a can of Elmer's multipurpose spray mount. Since I wanted to put the fabric on the top AND bottom of the bookshelf, the challenge became how to measure the fabric.
Taking a tape measure to a bookshelf is easy, but then taking those measurements and converting them into a clean edge piece of fabric is hard. When cutting fabric, the ends will fray. Also, cutting a thick fabric completely straight is nearly impossible (for me, at least). As an alternative, I measured and then pinned the edges of the fabric together, creating a much cleaner edge. Then, I ironed the edges to create a crease where I could then remove the pins and apply the fabric directly into the bookshelf.
Table Legs are as Serious as Dawson's Highlights
Buying table legs is oddly intimidating. Upon initial reaction, I wanted to buy the cool retro wooden table legs that cost $10 each. Alas, I realized that no one would care about the table legs as much as I did and purchased 8" Waddell table legs from the home depot for $1.89 each.
I try to use items that are found or recycled materials but when it comes to things like table legs, sometimes you just have to make a trip to the home depot. If you purchase table legs you'll also need to purchase a mounting base for said table legs. I aligned them and then measured the distance between the metal and the edge of the bookshelf to ensure that everything was lined up just so. Then, I painted them to match the rest of the bookshelf.
"Cool. The movie star poster I ordered from my teen beat catalog arrive today. I was starting to worry.
The Gangs All Here, Let's Have a Beer
The only thing left was to attach the under shelf wine bottle holder and wine glass apparatus to the top of the bookshelf. I bought a contraption that could both hold wine bottles and wine glasses from Amazon as this bookshelf did not have a lot of space to attach two separate apparatus'. This piece simply screwed into the top of the bookshelf.
A Perfect Addition to the Potter B & B
Turning the table over on its newfound legs made me realize just how awesome this project was to work on. It came out way better than I ever thought it could and was a great experience. The only thing left to do was fill it with alcohol and put it up on the etsy page. This piece is available for $125. Now that its finished, I'm going to have a cocktail and watch Dawson's Creek.
I'm excited to hear your comments/thoughts on this project! Please feel free to leave a comment or share your own bar building adventures.