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DIY Beverage Bar


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DIY Beverage Bar

I have been very excited to share this project with you. The kitchen makeover has been a big project and this DIY beverage bar is almost an add on to the kitchen one room challenge, making it sort of a two room challenge.

I’m sharing all about the painting in this post BUT you can see the complete beverage bar building tutorial HERE.

I have been so pleased with the Americana DECOR Chalky Finish paint and I use it whenever I can.

We have this space under our stairs that has always been a catch all mess. As with most home projects, I have the grand ideas and my husband gets to implement them. Here is the space before.

DIY Beverage Bar from converted closet

YES, it was a real mess.

It didn’t take very long for it to turn into a great spot for us. You can see the DIY Beverage Bar is going to work perfect with the stock cabinet and small fridge.

DIY Beverage Bar Stock Cabinet /

To build in this space we bought a stock kitchen cabinet from Home Depot. I knew I wanted to paint it black and Carbon is the perfect shade of black.

Before you paint I would do a quick sand over the wood because it does come a little rough. Then wipe is down with a damp cloth before you get started.

DIY Beverage Bar / DecoArt Chalky Finish /

You can see that we cut a piece to nail to the bottom of the cabinet as a foot kick. I painted it carbon as well. This paint can be waxed but I have come to really like using the Soft Touch Varnish. It is a great finish and protects the paint VERY well. I have also just finished painting my kitchen cabinets with this paint and will have the full reveal on the blog on Thursday.

DIY Beverage Bar / Stock Cabinet Home Depot /

DIY Beverage Bar / Stock Cabinet Home Depot /

DIY Beverage Bar /

Now I must go finish getting my kitchen completed.

**CLICK HERE for the tutorial of how we installed the beverage bar.

How to build a Beverage Bar- Coffee Station- Built from Closet space

Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.


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  1. Ah this is such an awesome little nook! I love the color you chose. It pairs beautifully with that wood top 🙂

    1. I was really pleased with how great the butcher block did look with the black paint!Thanks!

  2. OMG! Great job and love the color you choose!

  3. What a great use of space, I know you will enjoy it. We had the builder of our last house do this under the stairs between the dining room and kitchen. It was so helpful for parties to have all the beverages in one area. Great work and can’t wait to see the rest of your kitchen.

    Oh, and can you tell me more about that soft touch varnish?

    1. That is exactly where this space is, between our dining room and kitchen! The soft touch varnish is so great. It goes on white, sort of like mod podge but dries clear AND it can be used on outdoor painted pieces and will not chip! You should try it.

    2. Stephanie says:

      Where do you get the Soft Touch Varnish?

  4. Nikki Gwin says:

    Fantastic use of under stair space! Love it.

  5. Oh my Sonya I’m so jealous of your fabulous coffee bar complete with beverage fridge. What a perfect use of that space. I’m crushing on that galvanized tiered tray too!

    1. Love the tiered tray, where did you find it?
      Thank you, Lori

  6. Estela Gonzalez says:

    Looks beautiful!! Where did you get the fridge from?

    1. The fridge is a Frigidaire and we bought it at Home Depot.

  7. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Beverage bar is perfect,such a great idea,can’t wait to see the rest.

  8. Did you buy the butcher block separate from the cabinet? And did you just measure the space and it happened to be something they had in stock? I’m wanting to do something like this for our home theater but free standing. Thanks for your help!

    1. I bought the 6 foot butcher block from Ikea. I did measure and cut.

    2. Was it hard to cut this countertop??? Did it chip or splinter at all?? I looked it up on IKEA’s website and it seems to only come in 8 foot lengths and I don’t need that much…. Also, what did the inside look like once you did cut it?? Would I need to have walls on either side once cut or would it look okay free standing (like on a island)??? Thank you!

    3. We decided to buy the butcher block longer than we needed because it was much more budget friendly than custom cut ones. You will need to use a NEW sharp blade for fine cuts. Put a line of painters tape then draw your cut line over it, this will also help. The butcher block looks great on the cut edge and once sealed like the top it all looks the same. Hope this helps. ~Sonya

  9. Where did you find that adorable stand that holds your mugs? That is exactly what I need! So good use of your space. Thx Kim

  10. That is a really great use of space! I love what you did with it. Does the fridge plug in behind there somewhere? Was there an existing outlet or did you have to add one?

  11. How did you plug the fridge into the wall? I have a space that would be perfect but not sure how i’d wire the fridge just yet.

    Thank you

    1. My husband added the receptacles himself. This is not something we are experts in enough to share a how to but it is a simple solution for a local handyman.

  12. This is great@ Where did you find the stand that holds your mugs?

  13. Sandra Janczak says:

    I love it. I want one of the 3 tiered thing with the lemons. Where did you get that or did you make it?

  14. Paula Miller says:

    What color of stain did you use on the wood countertop? I’m assuming you stained it.
    Do you know the type of wood used in the butcher block?
    My hubby and I are in a project similar to yours. I cannot commit to a stain to use on our bare oak plank top.
    I’m paralyzed in choosing a stain.
    I love your color combo. It is what I have. Black cabinets with wood countertop.

  15. Which cabinet did you buy? I love that it fits your fridge perfectly. Do you know the dimensions of the cabinet? Thanks! This looks fabulous!

  16. Does the frig work well? I have a similar space but can’t find a frig that keeps beverages cold and looks good.

  17. So beautiful! You’ve inspired me to update my 80’s wet bar!! Thank you! Is your knob and cabinet pull in gold? If so, where did you purchase it? Thanks for your kind reply!

  18. Paula Roveda says:

    We’re thinking of doing something similar. Very attractive. Not ovedone. Just the essentials. My question is your mini beverage cooler. Do you hear it running, does it produce heat? Can you tell me the brand? Thanks.

  19. Can you tell me what stock cabinets you bought. Is this just one cabinet that you took the other door and drawer off or is it two separate ones. Thanks so much!

  20. Linda LaZear says:

    I was wanting to know what brand of refrigerator you are using, everyone I find with glass doors will not keep the sodas cold enough. They wont go lower than 45 degrees. Could you please let me know your experience.


    1. I have the Frigidaire 22 in.(the link to it is in the post) and we like it very much. I just checked and we keep ours at 41 degrees and our drinks are great. Sometimes the one’s on the bottom back shelf get a little ice. I clicked the buttons and it will lower to 36 degress. We have had ours around 2 years and we love it.

  21. Hi Sonya I love love this project! Its great, truly I love your site its an inspiration. I am going to order those rose gold knobs off the affiliate link. Im really curious what cabinet this is at home depot. Or if there is any place you suggest purchasing a stock cabinet.

    Thanks in advanced keep up the great work!

    1. Thank you so much! This is the cabinet we bought for bar. They will come in different sizes so it will depend on how much space you have. Ours was 15 inches. Good Luck!

    2. Hi! I love this and am trying to recreate it for our TV room. What stock cabinet did you get? I’ve looked at Home Depot but haven’t had any luck finding it:(.

  22. This looks great! Did you simply place the fridge in the cabinet after removing the door? Or, did you also remove the back panel?

  23. I love this space! We’re in the process of building a home with a butlers pantry. We’ll be installing a beverage fridge as well! Did you run into any issues installing a freestanding rear venting fridge under/next to cabinets? Does it vent well?

    1. Thank you! We do not have issues BUT if you noticed our space was that long odd shaped closet so when we built the wall we left the space behind the fridge open. If I pull the fridge out right now you could crawl in there, if that makes sense. Good Luck with your pantry, sounds amazing. ~Sonya

  24. Pirate Queen says:

    Your coffe bar came out great, I’m working on a tea bar (coffee never took for me) I was wondering where you found the three tier galvanized tray. Thanks for your time

    1. This would look great in a bathroom. Good luck with your DIY.

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