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Home (Bar) Improvement

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I’m always switching things up here and there in my house, changing colors, or swapping out pieces that are old (mostly from my post college apartment). I liked having a classic console table as a bar in my home, but the drawers were starting to break and it didn’t have nearly enough storage for my (ever growing) glassware collection.  I had my eye on a bar from West Elm, still a very class dark walnut wood color, but with a more modern shape and loads of space. It’s $599 online but in the store it was on sale for $479 – score!

bar before and after

west elm bar pulp home knobs

pure home knobs

Although I did love the bar as-is, I felt that a little feminine flair was in order.  I added these starburst pulls from Pulp Home for the perfect little touch.  I also changed up the lamp with a light white sculptural one to contrast the darkness of the little hall.

I’m very happy with the swap.  I still have two more things on my list for this room, one being to update the art and the second being to change the wall color.  I’d LOVE to use this wallpaper, but might try to do a paint technique that looks like the paper instead.

Do you like the change? Any changes around your house lately?


25 Comments on “Home (Bar) Improvement”

  1. Alyssa June 24, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    I have been geeking out over those starburst pulls for months! They completely changed your bar console, and it looks amazing. I love how depending on the light and what furniture you put them on, they appear gold or silver. Love!

    • Erin | House of Earnest June 24, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      Alyssa –

      They are totally worth it! I was nervous to put holes in my new bar, but was SO happy I did. It made the whole thing just that much better!

  2. Cindi June 24, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I love the new bar area! I think the pulls are a great addition! Beautiful ❤

  3. Alexa June 24, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Love how it turned out. That lamp is absolutely fabulous with it!

  4. Hannah June 24, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Looks amazing! Love the star pulls.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  5. FripperyVintage June 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Very cute! Love a nice bar area, it’s great to have anything in one spot.

  6. Hilary June 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    From the team at Pulp Home and Pulp Design Studios, I can say bravo!! This looks awesome, Erin!

  7. Thank you so much, Erin! Your new bar looks fabulous! It’s amazing what you can do to a simple piece from a big box retailer to make it your own… Thanks again for featuring our starburst pulls!

    xx Beth

  8. Mandy Pellegrin // Fabric Paper Glue June 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I love it! Of course. Those pulls definitely make it a more unique piece of furniture, and I can’t wait to see what you do with the walls.

  9. Colleen Parker June 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    LOVE it!! It just looks cleaner, more sleek. Nothing new in the house here lately. I need an office make-over! HELP!

  10. It looks amazing Erin! Just like a pair of earrings will dress up your outfit these pulls will dress up your piece of furniture. Everything is in the details! Thanks for the feature!

    – CVG

  11. Emily | Sparkle Meets Pop June 25, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Yes! A great vision you have – the pulls and the bar were meant for each other. :)

  12. Pieliekamais June 25, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    It looks great!

  13. Amanda Risius June 25, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I’m all about bar carts as of late. I found an awesome deal on Craigslist for one and it’s only $10 and in great condition! I like the wallpaper by the way :) Some people are still afraid to go back to it but I think there are some really great designs out there.


  14. Alexandrea Johns June 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Having a home bar is the epitome of chic. I’m currently working on one and looking at yours is such an inspiration. Keep up the GREAT work.


    XO – Alexandrea

  15. Emily July 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

    It looks great! Can I ask where you got the gold wine opener? It would look perfect on my bar cart! Many thanks :)

  16. Kayleigh July 15, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I just love this! It looks great! Quick question though, where did you get that lamp?? It’s amazing!

  17. Grace July 23, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Excellent post Erin! I am thinking about redoing our basement, and adding in a bar as well. This looks fantastic and I am in love with those starburst pulls! Nice work!

  18. Bella July 24, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Those starburst pulls make the entire bar! What a great touch!


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