Happy New Year friends! I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday! I’m back from my long break and ready to jump into 2015 and share with you a fun project that we did over the holidays. To keep this post from being way too long, I’m breaking it up into Part 1 and Part 2. You can find the detailed measurements and how we built the piece here on Part 2 of this post.
For years, I have wanted a built-in bar somewhere in my dining room for when we entertain. I have never had a place to store all of our barware, liquor, wine and when we have get-togethers, my kitchen is usually where I set up a bar on the counter. It get’s really congested in my kitchen during parties and I have always felt that if I had a dedicated bar space in the dining room, I could spread the party out more and I could create a whole new storage area for the barware, which would free up a lot of kitchen cabinet space.
So, the day finally came and my contractor Jesús and I put our heads together to come up with the perfect solution using the narrowest of space in a corner in my dining room. Jesús and I LOVE these challenges and some of you may remember that he and I worked together on my mud room wall and our craft room, which was also very limited space design work.
The built-in bar piece when we were finished measured only a little over 6″ deep on the upper piece and only 14″ deep on the bottom cabinet/countertop. So as you can see, you don’t need much space at all if you too would love to create a narrow bar space in your own home. I took a side profile pic to show you just how little space this piece takes up:
So let me first show you the finished piece and then on Friday, I will go into all the details and measurements of how we built it for those of you looking to build something similar:
This piece is two separate pieces (upper and lower) that were built first outside and then they were attached to studs over a mirror that I had installed on the wall first:
The countertop was extra tile that I had that is a porcelain tile that looks just like marble that I used on my dining room floor (it’s by far the best marble alternative that I have ever seen!)
I was worried that the storing the liquor open in this piece wouldn’t look good, so we installed chrome rods to make it look like a higher end liquor rail like you would see in a higher end built-in bar:
I am using the top shelves for storing things that I rarely use:
The bottom cabinet has two shelves inside and it’s where I’m storing extra glassware, liquor and bar accessories. I would love to come up with a way to utilize the inside of each door to open and have bar accessories on the door. I’m kicking around something magnetic or maybe hooks. If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would love your thoughts!
The cabinet fronts I designed using three inch painters tape to layout and play with different pattern fretwork possibilities:
and we used 1/2″ inch MDF to cut out my pattern and we attached to 3/4″ MDF door fronts:
We also did the same thing on the front of our “hidden storage” buffet that we built for the dining room a few months ago:
By the way, this is what the corner space in my dining room looked like before we got started:
and here we are today:
Yes! Much better and so gratifying that we were able to do it with very little space but that piece stores a ton of stuff! I have already used the bar during the holidays and I wish I had done this years ago.
So if you have a little narrow spot like this in your dining room or kitchen and you too have always wanted a bar, I’ll be sharing all of the details and measurements on Friday.
Thanks for stopping by friends and Happy 2015!!
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