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The Construction of the CBR Speakeasy

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Time to start “laying the brick!”

Laying the Brick

Here we are, day 1, of the Speakeasy build out. That’s Keith, my handyman, nail gunning the bricks on the wall.

Brick with Crown Moulding

Now all the brick is up on the wall, the crown moulding is in and the false corner has been constructed.

Wainscoting is put in.

The wainscoting has gone in. It’s starting to look like something! This was honestly the most difficult portion of the build. There was a LOT of wood to cut and we were working in the office at this point! NOISY and DUSTY!


Now, we have a look at the wainscoting and crown moulding with a single coat of stain on the wood. I wasn’t crazy about how red it looked, so we’d end up applying a second coat.

Second coat, ceiling tiles in.

We’ve made some progress since my last photo! The wainscoting is complete with the ceiling tiles. We’ve also sealed the seams in the bricks. We ended up “painting” over the seams using a mixture of ready mix cement with some stain added to dirty it up. We also painted over a number of the white bricks to break up the print pattern.

Purple LEDs

This is something I got really geekily excited about — LEDs! LED Wholesalers were a HUGE help in figuring out the lighting effects for this space. I knew I wanted some down lighting under the shelf of the wainscot, and they had the perfect suggestion. As soon as we put them in, it became clear we’d need LEDs on top of the crown moulding, too.

Green LEDs

These LEDs are awesome — fully remote controlled and they produce hundreds of patterns with thousands of light combinations! In this picture you can also see we decided to paint above the crown moulding. We used a deep forest green in this section – the previously-white walls looked woefully unfinished

CBR Signs!

These signs were one of my Etsy finds. The only problem with is they’re WAY too bright. We’d address that later with a simple dimmer.

TV installed

The most important part of the room is now up — the big screen TV! They had those in 1920s Speakeasys, right?

Next: carpeting and ceiling LEDs!

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George Tramountanas

July 4, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Fantastic job!!! This is the kind of office I’d LOVE to work in! I can’t wait for an in person visit next time I’m in town!

Wow congratulations on a beautiful job! Looks amazing and I love how in depth this article went in showing the process. Can’t wait to see it utilized on camera!

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