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Materials: Groland Kitchen Island, Hutton Wine rack

I set out to make a custom bar for my apartment, and the Groland Kitchen Island proved the perfect starting point! I left off the towel bars when assembling and custom built a small shelf unit to subdivide the space beneath the counter into three units as well as provide extra shelving for glasses and bar tools (nothing fancy, just plywood and nails).

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The Ikea Hutton Wine Rack fit the space to the left perfectly and gives room to hold wine bottles, and on the right I installed two wine glass racks (from Bed, Bath, & Beyond) screwed into a small piece of plywood and seated up under the counter piece. Even hanging large glasses leaves plenty of room for bottles beneath them. To unify the combined pieces, I painted the entire undersection turquoise (high gloss for protection and easy clean-up). The top is IKEA’s lovely butcherblock, which I just stained with several coats of wood stain to deepen the color to a light amber and add protection from spills. Cheers!