Building The Tavern


1: The beginning - Empty game room sat here with an unused tread-mill for years ...


2: Flooring goes in - Used "hand carved" dark walnut engineered flooring. Note to Self: Next time paint FIRST!


3: Painting - Originally came out bright canary yellow! Ugh! Added faux finish/wash utilizing darker colors: subdued the bright yellow and added antique pub feel! (Erica to the rescue!!)


4: Framing - Used angle brackets in hidden areas to anchor framing to walls so they remained invisible. Used standard sized boards from Lowes where possible. Wired for HD TV, Surround sound, and electrical outlets.


5a: Rough Finishing - Covering up the framing, angle brackets, and wiring with ply or pine board. 


5b: Rough Finishing - Covering up the framing, angle brackets, and wiring with ply or pine board. 


6: Detailing - Added details utilizing fireplace decor and mantel decor pieces from Lowes and Home Depot. Last electrical test before staining. 


7a: Staining - A few hours of sanding, a couple pints of sealer, and 2 gallons of dark walnut stain. I estimated 6 hours - it took me over 15 hours! Thanks Dave for coming over at the last minute to help finish before the sun set!


7b: Staining - I have NEVER stained anything before and NEVER will again! This was much more difficult that I had figured ... I swear I lost a few billion brain cells from the fumes!


8a: Ongoing "final touches" - it's a never ending project, but at least this part is the easy part!


8b: Ongoing "final touches" - it's a never ending project, but at least this part is the fun part!


9: The closet - finished out with framed/trimmed in refrigerator, Media center w/DirecTV HD, and shelving.


10: Ongoing "final touches" - Darts, Air-Hockey, Electronic Basketball game, Cheesy home version of Buzz-time, and assorted "pub like" decorations.


11: Ongoing "final touches" - Ceiling fan hung under a "shadow box" covered with lattice, vines, and lights.



12: Ongoing "final touches" - What good Irish Tavern doesn't have an authentic brass bar bell? Found this on Craigslist!


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Conclusion

Leemy McGee's took nearly 7 months to build. I started in mid May 2008 with the flooring and didn't complete the project until the end of November 2008. Endless weekends of bad mitre cuts, splinters, a lot of cursing, measure twice - cut 4 times, and some additional cursing. All worth it though!