A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Mini-Bar

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Mini-Bar

Staff Writer · Jul 12, 2010

A mini bar will always make your apartment more fun. Buying one can be a bit expensive, but building one is not as difficult as it would seem. To do this, you will need a mini-fridge, some wood, an electric drill, some screws, wood putty, paint or wood stain, and of course booze and accessories.

Step 1: Examine Your Mini-Fridge

When you find a fridge that you like, take note of its measurements. Also, measure your space to determine how wide you want the bar to be.  As for height, a standard bar is usually at about 4 feet high. Once you have your measurements, take a trip to Home Depot or some other hardware store.

Step 2: Gather Supplies

Find a solid sheet of wood. Plywood will not work not only because it is rather ugly, but it is also too weak. You want something that will not bow under pressure. Once you have it, have them cut you three pieces. One piece should be width x depth and the other two should be height x depth. Make sure they sand the edges for you so you do not have to do it yourself. While you are there, consider what color you want your bar to be. You can either paint it or stain the wood. Staining is classier, but will take a lot more work especially if you go with a dark color. If you want to go the paint route, get the color that you like with either an eggshell or semi-gloss finish. Pick up any other materials that you are still missing.

Step 3: Construction

Line up one of your height x depth pieces so that its surface is even with the edge of a width x depth piece. Hold it firmly while you drill three holes through both pieces. You may be tempted to skip this step, but you may end up cracking the wood if you screw straight into it. So once you have your holes aligned, screw the screws into the holes. Repeat this step on the other side of the width x depth piece and the other height x depth piece.

Step 4: Add a Finish

Now you should have an assembled mini bar that fits nicely over your mini fridge and will support all your accessories. If you want, you can spread some wood putty over the screws to make it more aesthetically smooth. Now you are ready to paint. If you have decided to go the stain route, try testing it on a scrap piece of wood first so that you get a feel for how much to brush on. You may have to go over it several times to get the color you want. Be sure that it is completely dry before going any further.

Finally, you are ready to stock your bar with everything you need to have a good time. This project will be a great hit at your next party.

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