Today is all about voting and us being at our wit's end until we get the results. I thought I would lighten up the day with what we will all probably be doing while waiting for the presidential outcome: drinking.
I've had a wee home bar set-up for a while now, but was looking to upgrade it. I recently had the grand luck of finding a busted-up book cart that had outlived its life pushing around library items. I managed to finagle the cart from the street to a friend's car and then up the 3 flight of stairs to our apartment. There I rearranged like mad to get the cart to fit (sans busted wheels, of course). Thankfully, it all fit where I wanted and now looks great.
Prior to the cart I had a cheap shelving unit made for storing garage type items. It was quite unstable and I always worried I would knock everything over. I also wasn't able to prepare drinks on the shelving surface, which was a bummer. I started shopping around for home bar solutions, but I didn't really find much that fit all my needs. I not only wanted to store my liquor, but some serving plates and cook books too.
The cart without wheels basically looks like a bookcase, which was a home bar alternative I was looking at. There are oodles of bookcase to bar ideas online. For a mixed use set-up like this, I think a bookcase is the best bet for a home bar. In fact, the idea of a bar cart (wheels and all), while sexy looking, seems pretty silly to me. (If I am at a point where I'm wheeling around my liquor, I will most likely mess-up and the entire thing will come crashing down.) I think using normal furniture in a new way is how you will get a home bar that will actually be useful. All the lovely looking bar-specific furniture I found was either widely overpriced or just not practical (or both).
In my research, prior to finding this grand solution, I found a lot of home bar ideas that utilize regular home furniture. Here are some of my favorite ones to get some ideas going for your own home bar.
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1) One section of a bookshelf reserved for your favorite liquids. I love this! My two favorite things in one place: books and booze. Source: The Kitchn
2) Mirrored cabinet. Some seriously sexy stuff right here. You can mimic this look with mirror paper (kind of like contact paper, but with a mirrored look.) Source: Bo Bedre
3) Hacked Ikea dresser as home bar. I looked into doing something similar to this, and if I didn't find my junk gem I probably would have gone this route. Source: Vanilla & Lace
4) When I first saw this image I thought it was one of those floating shelves, which would work pretty awesome for a home bar. It is actually a table that is the same color as the walls placed right over a radiator. What a great use of dead space. Source: The Kitchn
Have you seen any clever home bar set-ups? If you redo your home bar, leave a pic in the comments! I'd love to see what others are doing with their alcohol storage.