Which Finish Should You Choose for Your Home Bar?

Home bars are becoming increasingly popular ways to entertain friends and to enjoy a calm evening with the family. Design elements are always important to consider, as they will often dictate the overall perception of the environment. While topics such as lighting and construction are often addressed, relatively few articles talk about the types of bar top finishes that are available and their associated advantages. Let us take a look at this subject in a bit more detail. You can then make an informed choice without spending a great deal of money.

Epoxy Resins

Epoxy resins are excellent options due to their inherent sense of durability. These finishes are able to stand up to a great deal of wear and tear; ideal if your bar gets plenty of use. Stains will not be absorbed and cleaning is simple. Not only is this a low-maintenance choice, but these resins are available in a variety of colours.

Simulated Wood or Stone

There can be times when a bar is made from composite materials such as MDF (a type of pressed particulate wood). In this case, you might want to simulate the appearance of grains or even stone patterns. This can often be accomplished through the use of vinyl stickers. These are able to be cut to various dimensions and the application process will take only a matter of minutes. However, keep in mind that it can be very difficult to remove the vinyl once it has been applied. This is why it is a good idea to examine the various design options before committing to a specific pattern.

Translucent or Transparent Varnish

Varnishes are great ways to protect valuable types of wood such as oak and mahogany. They are also able to bring out the grain of the wood in question; providing your bar with a stunning visual appeal. Keep in mind that certain types of varnishes are

suited for outdoor bars if yours happens to be located in a back garden on on a patio. Oil- and water-based formulations are possible, so be sure to read the indications associated with each in order to make an informed decision. In the same respect, the transparency of varnishes will vary depending upon the look that you are trying to achieve.


Paint is a final option and some brands are specifically designed for surfaces such as bars and table tops. A milieu of different colours are available and in the majority of cases, only two coats will be required. Still, please note that any bare wood should be coated with the appropriate primer before the top coats are applied.

Are you looking for more bar-related advice or do you require the services of trained professionals? Dawnvale provides a host of innovative solutions that can often be customised to suit your personal tastes. Please take a look at our services as well as some examples of the projects that we have completed in the past.