It's a bit of a learning process, this DIY thing. However, it is fun and one of the areas where we can play and learn to do new things without the fear of harming some irreplaceable hundred year old thing is in the Bar Room.
The bar itself was a sideboard which was built in the 70's and they tried to match the rest of the house but they didn't quite succeed. Eventually the plan is to have built in shelves and make that a Library Room, moving the bar to the 3rd floor. However, in the meantime we wanted to make it look more like the rest of the house.
This involved removing doors from both sides to create open shelving for glasses and bottles and replacing square wooden pulls with the same Craftsman pulls as in the kitchen, then getting tile and covering the white pressed wood countertop with it.
In case you don't remember (and I don't!) what the room looked like when we moved in, here it is:
You can just see the edge of the pressed wood countertops.
This is the tile we chose:
I liked the tiny squares because they create a natural and varied but overall uniform appearance. The stones are slightly iridescent, which you can sort of see in the pic. We got the tile at Home Depot and installed it ourselves using the Tiling 1-2-3 instructions.
This is what the tile looks like over the whole bar:
You will notice that some of the pulls are not yet on, and you can still see the pressed wood on the side.
Here is pic showing the side tiles and in counter outlets:
This is what the pulls look like all on:
It's finished! (for now...)
So come have a drink!