After we moved into our house two years ago, we were very thankful for our generous family members who gave us furniture to help us out. Since we moved from a garage apartment to a much larger space, we had a lot of space to fill!
One of the pieces my sister gave us is a very nice quality Ethan Allen dresser that was a little rustic in style and no longer fit into their more modern pallette. I had a vision to turn this old dresser into a bar, but couldn't find any inspiration online. I kept searching "dresser as bar" and "DIY bar" and couldn't find anything. So I was on my own and without the guidance of Pinterest! Hope this helps you repurpose an old dresser and create your very own in-house bar on a budget!
My projects generally need to only have a few steps because I lose interest quickly.
Step 1: Change out hardware
Step 2: Add water resistant top
Step 3: Hang shelves for storage
Step 4: Stock the bar
Step 5: Accessorize
STEP 1: Change the hardware. Out with the old, in with the new.
STEP 2: Find water resistant top. The vision in my head definitely had a white top, but I was thinking I would have to have something custom cut, like maybe a white marble. Since I had gotten the dresser free, I didn't mind spending a little extra... Until I did. My goodness, marble is not cheap. So on to a new plan. I was at Ikea and found a modern white glass top that were the EXACT dimensions I needed. Even better, it was cheap!
STEP 3: Hanging shelves with wine glass racks. I bought two floating shelves at Ikea and screwed in the wine glass rack into the bottom of one for glass storage (I'm not seeing the glass hanging racks on the Ikea website that I purchased, but any should work).
STEP 4: Stock the bar. Fortunately, we had a stock the bar party, so this step was easy. Thankfully, when you turn a dresser into a bar, you have lots of storage!
STEP 5: Accessorize. This is my favorite part. I like the mix of antiques with new items to give an eclectic feel.
Not only was the dresser given to us, but so were many of the accessories and most of the bottles were a gift, and we could not be more appreciative (You know who you are, and thank you thank you thank you!).