So my boyfriend decided to ditch his relatively new ikea desk in favor of a smaller one to save space in the bedroom. He was going to toss it or give it away but I said no! We could use it for something. We have some extra space in our dining room since it is attached to the living room and we use a teeny table. The convenient L shape of the desk inspired me to create...a bar!
We like to entertain our friends with good cooking and good cocktails.
Here is what the desk looked like before hand:
I took the top shelving part off in one piece to form the bar structure. Then I added other pieces of the desk as shelves and added 3 shelves onto the wall behind it.
The top I covered in origami triangles and varnished them with several layers of non toxic varnish stuff. They took forever to cut, whew!
Inside and underneath the top I added glass racks to hold martini, margarita, and champagne glasses and lined the shelves with glasses. I also made a coaster holder and a bunch of groovy coasters and set them on the top.
I also took a metal piece from the desk and with some plastic wire holders created a cocktail stirrer holster that runs down the edge.
The pics don't show it but I also added a little shelf for shot glasses and a sliding mini cutting board that pulls out from under the bar top.
Here are the wall shelves, full of liquor and mixers, as well as wine holders along the walls. For the wall next to the bar I painted a piece of the desk with chalkboard paint and my friend Melyssa drew out some drink specials, you can see that on the far right of this pic.
The outside bottom parts of the bar I collaged with images from Juxtapoz magazine, craphound magazine, pic of old architecture, and pop art images.
Lastly I got some stools free at a garage sale (awesome find) and covered them in some nifty asian fabric to match. Here is the pic of the bar altogether:
Thanks for looking! This project was a lot of work but so much fun!