Our house was built in 1976, or maybe 1973....I can't remember but either way it was built in the 70s, when wet bars were all the rage. I think most men probably love wet bars as much as my husband. It was the first thing he commented on when we toured the house ......it was so hideous; with mirrors, forest green laminate, brown cabinets, and newspaper themed wallpaper it was a sight to behold. But of course he thought it was awesome just to have one. Since it's in our living room, separated only by a pair of bi-fold doors (that mostly stay open) I had to take action.
Here is the wet bar before (what a beauty!)
(close ups of the ugly wallpaper and laminate!)
And here it is now, after a few days of peeling, painting, and styling!
I painted the cabinets and the walls white (the same color as the trim) and painted the laminate aqua blue. I left the original hardware on the cabinets, the contrast is nice and I'm a fan of brass hardware. Adding tile to the walls would have been my first choice, but alas it was not in the budget so I cut out a stencil and used metallic white paint to create a pattern on the walls (kind of a fish scale or scallop type pattern). The shimmer of the metallic paint adds a little drama and reflects light in the small space. It seems much brighter and bigger now.
I'm thrilled with the results and now I won't be embarassed to have the doors open when guests come over!