DIY Beverage Bar


DIY Beverage Bar / Kitchen Makeover /

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. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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