Monday, April 10, 2017

Bar Hopping Cabinet

As you may know from my last post, I am currently in the process of a makeover in our dining room. In that post I shared a moodboard showing my plans for this makeover.

I’m leaving my old, dark attempt at Traditional Tuscan French Country style (what a blend of styles!) for a fresher, Fixer Upper Farmhouse style.

We aren’t big drinkers but we do have many years’ worth of half empty bottles of liquor and several bottles of wine that were taking up expensive real estate in the kitchen cabinets. Not to mention the wine glasses, beer steins and mugs. Then, the thought hit me to make over my old, Craigslist cabinet into a bar cabinet.

I found this inspiration photo on Pinterest. Isn’t Pinterest the greatest time sucker thing ever? There are so many great ideas to pin that I can get overwhelmed! Ahem…back to my inspiration for a bar cabinet in my dining room.

I'm leaning more towards a dark, steel blue color since I have my grandmother’s Currier and Ives' dishes and need to carry that color around the room. I found this photo on Pinterest that shows the color and style I'm trying to recreate. The top cabinet is close to what I'm planning.

Don't you love that navy color? I found a quart of oops paint that I had hoarded in the basement. It is more of a steel blue but it just happens to match the dishes perfectly! Surprisingly, after 5 years the paint was still good!

After painting two coats of the steel blue, she looks better already! In person, it is more blue than gray. On top of the cabinet, I put two coats of Minwax Polycrillic to protect the finish since there will be a high probability of water or liquor laying on the finish.

I read this article about bar basics and how to stock a bar cabinet. Now, I did not go out and buy anything extra. I figured if I don’t have it, we aren’t going to drink it anyway! Plus, I gathered up all the different types of glasses I found in cabinets and boxes throughout the house. Pretty much all I needed did fit in my cabinet. The rest of what I found is being donated to St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store.

With clean glasses and liquor bottles, I began the task of organizing my bar cabinet. I put glasses and beer mugs on the shorter top shelf. Any glasses that were too tall went on the bottom shelf with the tall bottles.

In the drawer I’m keeping a bar towel, shot glasses and bottle opener. I would like to get those fancy things used to stir your drink, too. I will have to do some shopping!

I decided to display some of the nicer bottles on a gray, distressed tray that I found at Hobby Lobby. There needed to be more gray in the room in order to keep the wall color from seeming like it didn't belong. The farmhouse galvanized ice bucket was purchased from ebay. It’s the perfect size and has a scoop!

Here she is in all her glory! I think it turned out great and is just the pop of color I needed to carry around the room.

Thank you for stopping by to check in on what is going on over here. 

Have a blessed day!



  1. Great idea, Bonnie. It is always fun to be able to repurpose things and use them in a new way. I love that color and it is going to be perfect with your grandmother's dishes. Hope you have a great week----xo Diana

  2. Hi Bonnie, I just popped over from Nana Diana's blog and I'm loving you already - this is a great re-purposing of that cabinet!! I love the color, and can't wait to see how you finish the rest of the dining room!

  3. Popping in from Diana's to say hello. Great transformation. Love the color you chose.

  4. Got your blog through Sweet Diana.. all the ideas are great..

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  5. Oh my gosh...I will certainly be back! Found you through Diana and your sweet note to me of course.

    Bless you~

  6. Glad to see you back!! I was in love with the red dining room, but I can see that this is going to be beautiful as well!
    I'll be around often to check on you....thanks for coming back to share with us!

  7. Oh my that is very pretty. I really like your bar cabinet. It turned out perfectly. Nicely done! Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing.


I know how busy you are and appreciate that you are taking the time to leave me a comment! God Bless! Bonnie


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