old barroom floor plan
Photo: Aimee Herring
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What They Did

Remodeling cost: $30,000

Time frame: 1 year

Where they saved: Using salvaged bath fixtures, installing faux tin tiles for the ceiling, and pouring concrete floors instead of replacing the rotted planks with new wood.

Where they splurged: On a flat-screen TV and other home-theater equipment.

What they would do differently: Use wax instead of an acrylic sealant to protect the concrete floors. The acrylic didn't adhere well, and it's peeling off in places. The wood-furniture wax we used on the bar prep counter, however, works great.

Biggest challenge: Pouring the concrete floors and making the molds for the concrete counter.

How they solved it: Called in favors from friends, who also happen to be skilled craftsmen.
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