Previously, the kitchen counter bar, separating the kitchen and dining areas, was utilitarian and covered with an off-white-grouted tile. By day, it is a planning and laptop surface. By evening, it is for entertaining and serving fine wines. One evening, an influential guest commented on the distracting clicking that his glass made as he swirled the wine on the tile counter. More distracting was that this peninsula bar was visually more a part of the kitchen than its shared dining area.
The transformation combines a new marble top with a remodeled wood base. I chose a slab of "Rainforest" marble that is harvested in India for its multi-hued and branch-like veining. The wood of the bar's pedestal is embellished with carved branch and tree forms, and provides spaces and shelves to tuck away the day use note pads and laptop for the evening. I stylized the carvings in a manner that they may represent either our local forest or the grapevines of our neighboring vineyards. Symbolically, the branch or grapevine forms support the "rainforest" canopy of stone.
The new bar has been amply christened. And, yes, the wine glass swirling guest has given a pleased approval. Cheers!
The Kitchen Countertop to an Entertainment Peninsula Bar Remodel
Published January 14th, 2016 3:40 PM