This minibar console was made from a table that was cut in half and bolted to the wall. Its open design leaves plenty of room for storage and creates enough space to hang wineglasses beneath the top shelf. A coat of cheerful yellow paint makes it bright and welcoming.
Related: 5 Easy DIY Wine Racks
If keeping adult beverages away from children is a concern, appropriating a small closet to use as a bar area lets you keep it under under lock and key. Adding a mirrored backsplash and downlights can quickly turn a dark closet from drab to fab and provide a secret and secure oasis for mom and dad.
Old TVs may no longer work, but they can still be creatively functional. Bring some Mad Men–inspired style into your home by turning a vintage set into a compact bar. This 1960s TV was gutted and retrofitted with shelves and lights to provide a charming display space.
Off the Wall
Here's the perfect minibar solution for a small apartment. Clustering wine racks and shelves on a wall creates the feeling of a bar without taking up any floor space. Hang a chalkboard over the display to tie the arrangement together and set a cheerful tone.
Related: How To Install Floating Shelves
Kitsch from the Kitchen
File It Away
Nifty and Thrifty
It is easy to create the look of a custom bar cart on a shoestring budget. Colorful stick-on drawer liner transforms this affordable IKEA cart in a matter of minutes. Attach fun signage—like wooden letters that spell ‘"bar"—for even greater graphic impact.
Turning the Corner
Rake It Up
Amp up your industrial chic style with a bar cart made from metal pipe pieces and wood boards. All the materials can be found at your local hardware store, but be sure to add casters on the bottom to make the heavy cart easily portable.
On the Wagon
The bed of a classic red wagon serves as a neat container for bottles and glasses, particularly when set on top of an antique sewing machine base. This vintage look is great for indoors or outdoors fun; the wagon could even be filled with ice to serve as a temporary cooler for parties.
Block It Off
A Great Vintage
This rustic bar is made from a charming vintage door, shelves, and balusters. To re-create the aesthetic, paint a clear coat to seal off peeling paint, and add shelves to provide storage space for bottles and glasses. Round out the look by attaching a metal ice bucket at the base for storing larger bottles.
Incorporating vintage suitcases as design elements has become a big trend. Transforming a suitcase into a cute minibar cabinet takes great advantage of both form and function; when closed, the repurposed luggage looks like artwork on the wall.
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