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DIY Bar from 1970’s Dresser

A while back I saw this dresser on a members only Facebook page for $20.00.

1970'S Chest of Drawers

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She was rough.  I mean really rough.

I liked the curvy front doors and was able to work a deal. I do not know why, but I immediately saw this piece as a bar for my son-in-law and daughter. They entertain a lot and have a smallish main room. This small piece will hold drinks and snacks. I knew I wanted a shelf for snacks when company is over.
The Southern Belle asked for stem ware holders in the cabinet. There was a missing drawer so we decided to put in wine storage. It was a matter of adding vertical boards to divide the space.  The first step was to sand and prime it.




Please don’t judge me because I am the messiest primer ever.  I just work to get the thing covered, but it is not beautiful.

Hubby left me home working and went up to the Garagemahal alone.  Before he left, I helped him pick out a navy blue paint color.  This did not go as planned.  This was not navy.  You can read all about it here.  Choosing the Right Navy Blue



It took another trip to the store for Hubby but the next color worked.  December Eve.


It took a lot of work and I am proud of the work, just not the photos I took.  Here is the finished project.  Brushed nickel hardware, drop down shelf, bottle storage and all.

dresser to bar


Blue is so stinkin hard to photograph.  Lessons this fall.  For sure.  The color is much darker and richer than it looks here.


The interior is Pantone Lunar Rock that I had left over from painting our end tables.  It looks great inside the bar.



I love the stem ware rack at the top that Hubby made from corner moulding.

cabinet door


5 thoughts on “DIY Bar from 1970’s Dresser”

  1. I love this! We are getting ready to finish our basement, and we were trying to figure out what we could do for a small bar. My hubby has no experience with this kind of stuff, but if I can find something similar to this (at the right price) I may just have to try it! Thank you for the fabulous idea!

    1. Jennifer,
      It really wasn’t that hard. Equally spacing out the vertical slats for the bottles was the hardest part. Let me know and we will walk you through it. Good luck with your basement.

      1. Thank you Karen! We are just beginning to set up how we want the basement layout, so it will be a while before we get to the bar. I will definitely get back to you for help when the time comes. Thanks again. I am so excited to start looking for the right dresser!

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