How to Build a Kitchenette Bar

Perfect for a room divider in a studio apartment.

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How to Build a Kitchenette Bar
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I used a standard 5' vanity for the base of my bar.

I used a standard 5' vanity for the base of my bar.

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With the bar upside down, I cut 6 equal length 4x4 pieces so the height of the bar is a total of the standard 41".  (This also includes my 1 5/8" thick bar top)

With the bar upside down, I cut 6 equal length 4x4 pieces so the height of the bar is a total of the standard 41". (This also includes my 1 5/8" thick bar top)

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I secured the 4x4s with scrape wood as shown.

I secured the 4x4s with scrape wood as shown.

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I surrounded the bottom with plywood, flush with the existing sides.

I surrounded the bottom with plywood, flush with the existing sides.

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I used two 4x8 sheets of bead board to cover the back, the two sides and the bottom front. (Glued & nailed)

I used two 4x8 sheets of bead board to cover the back, the two sides and the bottom front. (Glued & nailed)

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You can use a multiple of materials to cover your bar. Be creative.

You can use a multiple of materials to cover your bar. Be creative.

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I measured, cut and numbered each piece of trim.

I measured, cut and numbered each piece of trim.

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Cut and number all the trim pieces for an easier application after painting them.

Cut and number all the trim pieces for an easier application after painting them.

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I prepared the inexpensive trim pieces by sanding & painting before applying them to the bar.

I prepared the inexpensive trim pieces by sanding & painting before applying them to the bar.

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I applied the trim with glue and trim nails.

I applied the trim with glue and trim nails.

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Earlier, I purchased an old desk from the Salvation Army to use for the bar top and the inside shelves.

Earlier, I purchased an old desk from the Salvation Army to use for the bar top and the inside shelves.

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I carefully dismantled the desk and am ready to sand down the top.

I carefully dismantled the desk and am ready to sand down the top.

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It took some elbow grease, but I got the top sanded and ready for some finishing.

It took some elbow grease, but I got the top sanded and ready for some finishing.

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After staining, I applied the high gloss finish.

After staining, I applied the high gloss finish.

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Let it dry for 72 hours.

Let it dry for 72 hours.

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I used the sides of the desk for the shelves inside the bar.

I used the sides of the desk for the shelves inside the bar.

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I painted the front of the bar, secured the top with heavy duty velcro and placed it in its new home.

I painted the front of the bar, secured the top with heavy duty velcro and placed it in its new home.

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My daughter is now enjoying her new Kitchenette Bar in her new studio apartment.

My daughter is now enjoying her new Kitchenette Bar in her new studio apartment.

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