Mini Bar Makes More Progress

March 24, 2009 at 8:15 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I think the mini bar project is almost done (the mini bar we made out of a re-purposed vintage TV armoire).  We are going to leave the wood as-is, at least until we see what it looks like next to the black desk (which is still in progress).  We are planning on changing out the handles, but haven’t found the perfect Hollywood Regency looking pair yet.  Yesterday we got the mirror for the back and the glass for the bottom cut and installed.  We also hung a stemware rack under the top and I lined the drawer with some fabulous material.  I would like to find a very simple mountable wine rack to hang under the top on the other side, so if you have one of those to recommend…!  So, here it is, looking gorgeous!

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Mini Bar Update

March 3, 2009 at 10:19 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have had the old TV armoire we found on Craigslist home for a couple of weeks now. I haven’t posted about it because we are having a change of heart. We had wanted to strip the wood and stain it black. But, when we got the cabinet home we thought it was so gorgeous we couldn’t bear to do that! I thought that going black and adding some shiny handles and mirrors would add some Hollywood Regency to the cabinet, more suiting it to become a mini bar. I just don’t know if we can bring ourselves to touch the beautiful wood. We did add a stemware rack to the top and filled it with our lovely bar glasses and goods. It is really gorgeous in our dining room, and it has already served it’s purpose. We do still plan on adding another shelf in glass and also a pull out shelf for more mixing and pouring space.

What do you think? Should we restain the cabinet black or leave it as it is?

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You can't see it here because there is no stemware in it, but there is a clear stemware rack on the right side.

You can't see it here because there is no stemware in it, but there is a clear stemware rack on the right side.

We really do need your advice, opinions and ideas!!

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The Start Of A New Project

February 17, 2009 at 9:34 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The other day I wrote about how we wanted to make a mini bar area in our home.  I showed pictures of other people’s re-purposed bar areas that we loved.  But, after much discussion we decided we liked the look of a closed cabinet for this kind of thing a little better.  With all of my inspiration in hand, I set out to plan my own mini bar project.  Yes, we found the perfect (we hope!) cabinet for the job!  A Craigslist post led us to the Maple TV Cabinet.

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I see much potential in the armoire!  (We don’t actually pick it up until Thursday.) I plan on first painting it a high gloss black.  The back inside of the cabinet with be lined with mirror and wine and stemware racks will be hung from the inside.  The inside has one shelf, but we are guessing we will make a few new shelves from glass.  I am going for a bit of Hollywood regency here.  Overall, we think this beauty should have plenty of space for our entertainment needs!

We do have one small question, however.  I think there needs to be a flat space large enough to mix the actual drinks incorporated into the cabinet somehow.  I was wondering if the drawer could be used for that.  It might be a bit too low to be comfortable, though.  I was also wondering about making a sort of pull-out shelf inside the cabinet.  Is this even possible?  When I see the cabinet in person I will know if more space is necessary.  Until then, does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

We are very excited to get the project rolling, so stay tuned for updates!

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Making A Mini Bar

February 4, 2009 at 11:48 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Currently we hold all of our drink glasses, servers, shakers and wine and liqueurs in one of our kitchen cupboards.  But, I have always wanted to do something different with these items.  I would like to have some sort of mini bar in the kitchen or dining room.  This would be such easy access for entertaining.  Also, it would free up more cupboard space in the kitchen, which for us is at a premium!

I have recently seen a few photos of DIY bars and am in planning process for making one of our own.

This redone shelf unit was posted on Apartment Therapy.  I think this is great inspiration for our project.  A simple shelf unit like this would be easy to find and probably affordable.  I really love the wine racks and glass holders.  I also like the idea of lining the backs of cabinets with colorful ,fun paper.  Here is another picture of a mini bar with beautiful paper:

I also like the idea of using a bar cart or serving tray with a few bottles and glasses, but options like the cabinets in the pictures would give us much more space and probably be safer with pets, especially if there are doors.

I am very excited to get started on this project, and will keep you posted!

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