By Jason Hammond
Drilling some holes in the MDF.
Once we created our pattern we painted the panels white.
With the panels set in place we were pleased felt that it needed another length of rope light to complete the effect before we tack it in place for good.
The area under our bar has sat relatively untouched since we have moved in a little less than a year ago. This was more a result of having too many ideas to choose from and not being able to commit t one in particular. We looked at some relatively expensive but very cool solutions but in the end we decided that it was probably something we would rather invest a little ingenuity and hard work into rather than cash in order to get the affect we wanted. As a result we decided to go another one of our “modest modern” design solutions.
When our electrician was wiring the wall located underneath our bar, I had a thought that it would be good idea to put an outlet up high with a switch to turn it off, so that we could potentially add some under bar LED lighting later on. As we weighed our various options, the ability to add this light to the surface area really played heavily into our final decision of what material to use and how to apply it. Using a couple of sheets of MDF we cut them down to divide the space under the bar in half. We then drilled a series of varying sized holes into the substrate in a random pattern. After painting the panels a hi-gloss white, we mounted a length of LED rope light to the back of the panels, before mounting them to the wall using 3/4″ spacers. The panels were cut a bit short of the overall height so that they could float about 3/4 of an inch off the floor, creating a reverse toe-kick. The effect was a random pattern of light coming through the holes, and a line of light running along the floor the length of the bar. The subtle nature of the pattern allows it to feel elegant in the space, while at the same time giving the room an added sense of dimension. We’ve decided thayt to optimize the effect we need to add one additional section of LED rope light, but outside of that it turner out great and has already garnered the attention of the neighbor kids and a few visiting friends.