Published on October 10th, 2007 | by Jules IKEAHacker5
a home bar from kitchen furniture
bill built his son a basement bar! he has got to be the luckiest bloke on the block.
bill says, “below are two photos of a basement bar i built for my son. in order to get it down into the basement we needed a modular design. we decided to use ikea kitchen base cabinets and build up from there. we used two 30-inch and one 24-inch cabinets to build the eight-foot, U-shaped bar.
cabinets were locked together and 1×2 screwed to the end to give an extra 3/4-inch for the corner moldings. a 6-inch high stud wall was used on three sides of the top to support the bar top. a 2×6 was screwed to the stud wall and the bar top screwed to the 2×6. 2×6 and 3/4-inch, particle board bar top were screwed together using pocket screws. used plastic legs and clips for the toe kicks. worked great.
the cabinets were then wrapped with 11/32-inch beadboard plywood. beadboard was stained with General Finishes water-based poly tinted with TransTint dye. two coats gave the color we wanted and we were done. this saved lots of time. pine moldings and trim were primed and given two coats of black paint.
raw wood you see on the bar top is the hand rail and that will be painted black to match the other moldings.
the whole project took under a month to build, finish, move and assemble and cost about $425.”