Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Place for Family, Friends and Fun

Today I am participating in my first Metamorphosis Monday. Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch
for hosting this.
Since we have only lived in our house 2 1/2 yrs. I haven't done a whole lot of changing things yet...just adding to the bareness. This is a picture of our downstairs bar/kitchen while it was under construction.
The picture below was taken at the model home while under construction. We added a large sink in the middle. This plan had a small bar sink on the other side. I decided the sink the builder was putting in was just too tiny. You will see pictures further down.
Here is the bar after we moved in and finally got it decorated this past fall. Pretend with me that the old refrigerator we are using is painted black, okay? ;) ~someday~ Notice the figurine to the left of the refrigerator.
His name is I.W. Harper, an old whiskey decantur I found at an antique store. I just LOVE him. When I first spotted him, he was priced around $30. I liked him but didn't really want to spend that much money on him. We didn't have the bar fixed up yet, so I walked on by. It was one of those things that never totally left my mind. Around nine months later I was back in the store and decided it would be fun to have, but it was gone. :( While browsing this large antique store I realized they had a basement! What do you suppose was down there waiting for me, but Mr. I.W. Harper on the clearance for $15!! I grabbed him up fast. His cane was missing so I made one out of a piece of bendable wire that I sprayed copper. These antique billiard balls sit on the counter. Mr. Brown Socks found these for me. While we are pretending that the refrigerator is black, let's also pretend the walls are painted something other than khaki ~someday~
This is a framed menu my nephew actually created.
Let's pretend I moved those unsightly cords that are showing!
I hope you've enjoyed my first Metamorphosis Monday.
Go over and visit Susan to find many other makeovers!

33 comments:

Cathy said...

Donna, I love it! I especially love the vase with pool balls.

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Donna! Beautiful spot to entertain! Looks better than most upstairs kitchens even before the black fridge and colored walls! Very nice! Sure beats my dungeon!!lol Back to cleaning - Jeannette

Cass said...

What a wonderful space to entertain. And Mr. Harper looks like a gracious host, haha! Lovely spot for hanging out. -- Cass

Glenda said...

It's kind of hard to hide cords that are connected so high on a wall, but IF you need the outlets, you NEED the outlets. I have seen conduits for wires used to bring them into a nice straight line and under control. I have run across them sold near computer accessories. We all deal with that problem one way or another(too many cords connected to and from our computer). You have done a marvelous job decorating this space.

I can't visit everyone but I read in your comment that this was your first time so I had to come see. The only thing I didn't see is the Met Monday logo. This was a wonderful post and I really enjoyed my visit.

xinex said...

Big change! And I like Mr. Harper too!...Christine

Linda said...

Nice comfy area, what time is the party?
Linda Q
I like seeing your home, you are doing fun things with it.

Steph said...

Your bar/kitchen is fantastic! Love Mr. Harper too! What a neat story.

Sherri S said...

Beautiful FUN space! Even with the white frig. Thanks for sharing it.

Chari said...

Hi Donna...

Congratulations on your very first "Met Monday" post! Wow...what a way to start out, my friend! I love everything that you've done in your downstairs kitchen/bar room! What a great space to have fun and hang out in!

I just adore Mr. Harper...he is so indictive of the style that you were going for in this room...and the large glass canister full of those colorful billiard balls is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous space with us!

Warmest wishes...
Chari

Kim Chalfant said...

Looks great. I too love Mr Harper and the pool balls. You could spray paint your fridge black. Have you thought of that? I don't know if I would have the guts to do so, but I've seen it done before.

Enjoy your room!

French Cupboard said...

This is a wonderful entertaining area. You have done a great job so far with all your choices. I bet you have great conversation and enjoyable times with family and friends down there. Nice work. Steve -Frech Cupboard

mbkatc230 said...

What a great space to spend time with friends and family! Love the billiard balls in the vase, and I'm so happy that you and Mr. Harper were reunited! Kathy

DesignTies said...

I enjoyed reading your story of Mr. I.W.Harper - and of course fate helped seal the deal, hey?! He really is great! And the billiard balls in the apothocary jar looks terrific. Overall, a great looking, party friendly space!
Victoria (one half of DesignTies)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This bar turned out beautifully, and how clever of you to make a new cane for your vintage bottle man! laurie

~CC Catherine said...

My sister is redoing their basement into a room like this...SHE WILL LOVE THIS...she needed some great ideas! Love the way you used the tall glass item to store old cue balls. Very creative and lovely makeover! ~CC Catherine

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Donna, thank you so much for visiting my blog! I am very new to this and still trying to figure it out! You are one lady after my own heart! I love silk flowers! That's where HGTV and I go our separate ways! I visited all of your gorgeous creations! I was very envious of the boxes of flowers showing up at your doorstep! I'll probably try to post some of the pics I have on RMS. You've got to see my dining room chandelier! God Bless! Lauralu

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good evening my friend, what a wonderful transformation. I love your vintage balls in the glass jar.. what a statement they make..and Mr. Harper and his cane is wonderful. Thanks for the visit to see the hutch full of memories.. I always love when you visit.. your comments are always so kind. hugs ~lynne~

prof en retraite said...

Hi Donna...I love your bar area! I really like the way you displayed the billiard balls!!!...Debbie

Bo said...

Hi Donna...You didn't mention those marvelous barstools...I wouldn't mind belly-uping to the bar in those comfy looking seats! Don't you just love it when an item you want becomes a bargain item you want...Mr. Harper looks mighty dapper! ;-) Bo

Rebecca said...

Donna, I love your bar area! I especially love the vintage billiard balls in the vase. Very cool!

Lynn said...

This is my first time visiting. What a lovely blog you have! Love the bar area, from the little guy on the counter to the collection of billiard balls. Now if only you could come to my house and help me give it some of those decorative touches :)

Melissa Miller said...

Donna your basement and bar are gorgeous! :)
I really like the stools.

Shelia said...

HI Donna! It's so nice to meet you too! Oh, what a wonderful space you've created! Those billiard balls look so great in the glass jar!
Come back to see me any ole time.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Meadowsweet Days said...

What a great place! I bet you've had some wonderful parties here! :)

Carol

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, Thanks for visiting my Maui pics! I'm really missing it! if you ever have the chance to go, you should. It's just beautiful. I don't like jellyfish either, but those were just floating in the glass, they were really cool!

Your downstairs turned out really neat! I love the billiard balls in the glass container, great idea! Kristen

Small House said...

Such a fun, happy room. Love the vase and pool balls.
Have a great day.
Sandra

Grand Occasions said...

Hi Donna! I'm so glad you stopped by to visit me. I'm starting to catch up a little bit now and getting to do some visiting. I love Mr. Harper and the cylinder with the billiard balls. What a cozy room to relax and have fun in. I appreciate your visit and comment and hope you will come to visit again.
Hugs,
Elizabeth

southerninspiration said...

How did I miss this???

one day I am going to come have a party in that basement!! I love it, especially MR. IW and the billiard balls....so classy!

Suzanne

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Donna, thanks for the visit this evening. I'm glad you liked the toile table. Girl I have enough dishes for a life time of tablescapes and keep adding lol.. hubby just smiles anymore..I certainly look at things differently when it comes to the top of a table.. I hope things are going well for you.. hugs ~lynne~

Something Marvellous said...

I love the Before and After pictures! Great metamorphis!

Miss Janice said...

This is a great entertaining/party area! My husband would absolutely love this! Love the cue balls in the vase!

lvroftiques said...

What a beautiful bar area! I just want to sidle up and have a cocktail! And I love the I.W. Harper decanter! And your hubbys old billiard balls look fab too! I might just have to steal that one from ya *winks* Vanna

Envoy-ette said...

I love your wood choice on the bar! I am envious!!