Our DIY In-Home Bar

How cute are the portable bar cart ideas for creating a chic space for your drink ware and liquor collection? Unfortunately for us, living in a tiny apartment means that real estate is at a premium–even for a bar cart! A tabletop bar though? That we can do.

Enter this Brimnes cabinet from IKEA.

We’ve had this cabinet for several years now. We actually first purchased it to replace a bookshelf near our front door, to hide some of the clutter. It currently houses some overflow/off-season decorations in addition to our books. To give it a mini-makeover, we added some gold handles, and covered the top in marble contact paper.

It sat that way, housing a table lamp for the last two years. Around Christmas Time last year, it felt like our liquor collection needed it’s own home, and that’s when we decided to turn this entryway table into a DIY in-home bar.

WHAT WE USED

Arnie installed this shelf for us, using these brackets, that we also purchased at IKEA. Since we currently have the cabinet in use–storing our books–we needed a separate space to house our glassware.

Really, the area needed something tall to balance out the overall look. The shelf was a practical option for us, but a large art print or round mirror would also work in filling that space.

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The alcohol was Arnie’s touch. He’s enjoyed having this space dedicated to his collection, and it’s not uncommon for him to have an Old-Fashioned or Manhattan to close out the work week. In general, we’re both pleased with how the area turned out. It’s stylized, yet totally practical and functional for our needs.

Hopefully it inspires you to investigate where you can create a similar project in your own home. If you do, be sure to share!

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Do you have an in-home bar? How do you style it? More importantly–what’s your favorite drink recipe?

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