Bar Cart for Small Spaces


Happy Friday! It’s the weekend and what better way to start off the weekend than with some cocktails. For the most part Josh and I reach for a craft beer over cocktail but we still enjoy a good drink. I wanted to share our bar “cart” on the blog today. We live in a tiny studio apartment so we needed to take full advantage of every square foot that we could. We have high ceilings in this unit and a small amount of cabinet space, once we moved it seem like a good idea to stick all of bar cart essentials on top of the cabinets. This way it wouldn’t eat into our living space, which is small.


pretentious beer glass english beer mug


crate and barrel hatch glasses


bespoke julep glasses (similar)| crate and barrel coupe glasses


Since moving out to San Diego, we have started a little cook book collection. We are also looking to pick more up but paying off my student loans have taken priority. Some of my favorite to cook out of are Cravings, Thug Kitchen and Everyday Cook. Ps, Cravings Part 2 is in the works and I could not be more excited to get my hands on it, I love Chrissy Teigen!!


And this is our bar!! We still need to pick up some more bar accessories but we will get them at some point. It works out great for our little space, Josh has built up quite the little whiskey collection, while I have my little gin bottle. A good G&T is my cocktail of choice while Josh reaches for a whiskey over ice.

I would love to share with you were I got the bar cubbies, however it is something that I built for a class assignment. I can talk you though how I made it, it’s a pretty simple process. All you need is some 1in x 8in kill dried wood I started off with 8ft plants and cut them down to the desired size on a 45 degree angle. Once I had all the pieces cut, I used wood glue and a nail gun to secure the edges. I let them set for a little while before I stained the wood. Next I stained some 1/2 in x 2 in poplar board that was cut to size to trim the edges. Once the stain had dried I used a nail gun to secure the edge pieces. If I remember correctly I used finishing nails for the molding, however if wish I could go back a change it. If you look closely you can see that two pieces are missing on the larger center piece. They have fallen off over the years because of the width of the poplar they have been knocked off. For the wine glass rack I used some copper pipping that my father gave me, but you can pick up something similar at the hardware store, it just won’t have the tarnished finish that this copper has. To install the copper pipping, I used a spade bit that was the same width of the copper, then glued the copper in place. To finish it off I placed some l-brackets so I could hang the pieces. I really like the way that it has turned out and gotten lots of use our of it. It still amuses me that I was some how able to get graded for make a bar in my wood shop class. But hey, I got an A on it!


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