Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Rubi Bar Barcelona

Materials: 10 NUMERAR worktops & GRUNDTAL glass shelves

Description: I built the back bar and the bartop itself from Ikea worktops and shelving. I first mapped out my design with chalk on the wall, then cut out cardboard stencils for half of the back bar design.

Then I laid the cardboard stencils ontop of the Ikea tops and then using a jig-saw I cut them all out and then pieced them together onto the wall.

The bar was build by throwing out the existing rotten bartop and attaching the ikea worktops to the existing brackets. Then I chalked out my designs and once again jig-sawed them all.

Then we sanded and vanished and installed lights!

~ matthew chambers, Rubi Bar, Banys Vells 6, Barcelona, Spain

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12 Responses to Rubi Bar Barcelona

  1. Carla says:

    It is gorgeous! I will have to visit your bar too :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks, please do!

    • Carla says:

      I will when I’m back to Barcelona. I am currently working abroad. I love the Born area! :)

      Btw, I am using the same Numerar worktop as a desk at home. May I ask you what did you use to varnish it? I just treated it with Ikea’s BEHANDLA wood treatment oil, but the finish is still not very smooth. What should I buy at the hardward store? I’m very new to this :P

    • Anonymous says:

      Hey, well, to be honest we were running out of time before opening day, so we went to the nearest hardware shop and bought some semi gloss varnish which had a slight reddish tint in it. The brand though….no idea I’m afraid. But obviously we gave the new cut edges and joins a good sanding and cleaning first. Then just apply a few coats. The joins are made by taking some sawdust from earlier cuts and mixing it with some wood-glue and filling up the crack between the worktops. (a little tip I got from my Canadian carpenter friend, Avery).

    • Carla says:

      Thanks for the tips :)
      And good luck with the new bar!

    • Rachel says:

      That looks really cool! It’s great to read about a business nearby hacking Ikea. I will come by to check it out too! Good luck!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great hack! Looks awesome! I live in BCN so will have to check it out :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice work….It looks great!

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