DIY: Turn Wood Shelves into a Chic Mini Bar

how to make a mini bar from bookshelves+liquor display+home bar

While we’re not big drinkers, we do happen to have quite a large collection of barware & drink paraphernalia. With no extra storage space in the kitchen, I used these shelves I was going to give to Goodwill to create a mini side bar in our dining room & display all our booze. Here’s how I did it!


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black matte enamel spray paint

* Because I didn’t want a solid black look, I sprayed only one coat over the entire unit.

In doing so, the original wood grain shows through a bit.

spray painting wood shelves


spray painting wood shelves black

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adding details

silver tacks+bar DIY+easy home decorating

* Using Nickel Plated Steel Thumb Tacks,diy bar shelves{yes, the ones you use for your bulletin board!} I created a studded edge, spacing the tacks 3/4″ apart. I lightly used a hammer to tap each one in. You can also use actual upholstery tacksfor this project, which stick out a bit higher instead of flat like these.

DIY furniture+shelves to chic bar+booze display

after …after

bookshelves into a chic bar+booze display+liquor+mini bar

before and after bar shelves

diy studded mini bar+home mini bar+booze display+diy bookshelves to bar

booze display+home bar+mini bar+wine glasses+jose cuervo+ralph lauren champagne glasses+shelves into a home bar DIY

DIY studded home mini bar+booze display+liquor+wine glasses+champagne glasses+shot glasses

tiffanys crystal decanter+vintage crystal pitcher+hydrangeas+jack daniels+mini home bar+diy bar

Top Shelf: Tiffany decanter/glass {wedding gift 2006}, vintage crystal pitcher, vintage mirrored mat {1976} | Middle Shelf: vintage 70’s crystal ice container holding drink mixing tools | Bottom Shelf: Ralph Lauren crystal/gold trimmed champagne flutes {2006 – wedding} | solid wood shelves originally from Pottery Barn – years ago | Window panels/curtains & curtain rods are from Bed Bath & Beyond


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Kristen

    November 3, 2010 |

    So you didn’t sand down our mini bar before you spray painted it?

  • Fashion Momma

    November 3, 2010 |

    you’re seriously a genious.

  • Maegan

    November 3, 2010 |

    Kristin …no, I didn’t need to because it was already wood …not laminate AND was so old, any original varnish was gone

  • Maegan

    November 3, 2010 |

    thank you Fashion Momma 😉 xoxoxo!

  • ashlina {the decorista}

    November 3, 2010 |

    fabulosity woman! i love this!!!!

  • Tillie

    November 3, 2010 |

    very ingenious! I have a couple of those shelves hanging around our workroom…I think they totally need a makeover!

  • Katy

    November 3, 2010 |

    gah! I am DYING. I love this. I want to do this soooo bad!!!

  • elizabethashleyphoto

    November 3, 2010 |

    Love this! I have an old useless shelf sitting around…I smell a weekend project. Thanks for the great idea!

  • Tigerlily

    November 3, 2010 |

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • Andi

    November 3, 2010 |

    Wow, this looks so incredible! I have the exact same shelf I think (from Target?)–it looks quite similar anyways, and I can’t wait to do this to it!! You so need a book deal!
    and ps-gorgeous photography on this, love the light!!

  • WhatWillErinWear

    November 3, 2010 |

    I’m so impressed! that looks so good… I want to make one!

  • Ugly Stepsister

    November 3, 2010 |

    I may have to take up drinking something beside beer. I was just trying to convince the hubby to get rid of his bachelor shelves, now I have a use for them.

  • drollgirl

    November 3, 2010 |

    GIRL! it looks fab! and it makes me want A SHOT OF TEQUILA! OR PATRON! anything but jack daniels, which tastes like gasoline!!!


  • Adrianna Traxler

    November 3, 2010 |

    This is such a great tip for when I plan to move…It’s amazing how chic it looks after it had no appeal.


    November 3, 2010 |


    This is gorgeous! Incredibly gorgeous!

    Wow. Bravo! I am so impressed I’m speechless!

  • Hannah

    November 3, 2010 |

    Ah! I love this. My boyfriend is turning 21 in January and I’ve planned on redoing old shelves into a little bar.

    I’ve found some really awesome vintage decanters and all sorts of stuff. This makes me even more excited to work on it after Christmas break!

  • Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    November 3, 2010 |

    Great transformation. When’s the party? Are we all invited? 😉

  • Iva

    November 3, 2010 |

    OMG I LOVE IT!! and you!!!


    When you write a book, I want a signed copy! 🙂

  • Lyndsy

    November 3, 2010 |

    This looks so great! Thank you for the idea I totally want to replicate this for my place!

  • Violet

    November 3, 2010 |

    great diy as usual… im not legal to drink but this is so cool you should write a book

    oh by the way i used you rihanna DIY you should check out the pictures i posted… thanks

    Vi from Cali

  • jennkrap

    November 3, 2010 |

    SO creative. seriously. your ideas WOW me.

  • Life is Reed-iculous!

    November 3, 2010 |

    um…awesome. i’m all about making my own nailhead trim. everywhere.

  • TK Kerouac

    November 3, 2010 |



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  • BlueVanilla

    November 3, 2010 |

    LOVE IT!! Such a good idea…very creative!

  • Francesca

    November 4, 2010 |

    um ok im copying you immediately


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  • Veronika

    November 4, 2010 |

    i absolutely love this! 🙂 great idea!

  • wdmk

    November 4, 2010 |

    The shelf is super cool…but whats up with the curtains? I love em! Deets please! 😉


  • Heather

    November 4, 2010 |

    I love your diys and this one is no exception. Love it!

  • Chattering Gem

    November 4, 2010 |

    This is AMAZING and BRILLIANT!

    I have the same piece but thought of using it as a mini bar. Instead I use it my bathroom as towel, magazine and beauty product space saver. Lame.

    Thanks for the idea. I will try something similar and share with you.

    Jah 🙂

  • anhesty

    November 4, 2010 |

    great idea with the thumbtacks/nailheads. i love that look.

  • stacy

    November 4, 2010 |

    very cool!

  • Kez

    November 4, 2010 |

    What a great transformation 🙂
    I am now wondering what stuff I can make over in my home!

  • Kris

    November 4, 2010 |

    One again a fabulous job by you!!

  • Kristin

    November 4, 2010 |

    So very swanky. Amazing DIY!

  • Posh-ness

    November 4, 2010 |

    Wow, this is nice. It would be killer if you place a mirror behind the case!

  • Maegan

    November 4, 2010 |

    totally forgot the shaker in the first shot …I hate that …such a perfectionist over here 😉

  • Anonymous

    November 4, 2010 |

    fuckinggggggggg amazinggggggggg

  • blivbook

    November 4, 2010 |

    oh wow! how creative and unique!
    We love it, and would totally do one when we move in together

    Cheers, B & Liv
    B L I V B O O K: darling&diva ♥

  • Style Porn

    November 4, 2010 |

    Wow, this turned out fantastically. It looks pretty expensive!

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    November 4, 2010 |

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  • Purple Snail

    November 4, 2010 |

    Really stylish, thanks a lot for the inspiration!

  • Tania

    November 4, 2010 |

    Very goood idea!!!!!!!!

  • Leigh

    November 4, 2010 |

    It looks amazing.

  • bananas.

    November 4, 2010 |

    love it! i’ve been meaning to add the same “stud” look to the guest bedroom’s headboard. so chic!

  • la reina cotilla

    November 4, 2010 |

    amazinggggg Maegan, so love it!

  • Gwen

    November 4, 2010 |

    Our alcohol never lasts long enough to display it! I have this weird obsession with keeping our wine rack full. I’ve bookmarked a lot of your home DIY projects for when I finally have a home with enough room for them. This one is on the list. 🙂 XOXO

  • Anonymous

    November 4, 2010 |

    One again you are dazzling darling. Keep these fab home decor decorating project coming.

  • Lucia

    November 4, 2010 |

    I absolutely love it! It’s given me some ideas! =)

  • Nikki Aimee

    November 4, 2010 |

    That mini bar is THE BUSINESS.
    I ♥ it! You never cease to amaze me.

  • Caroline, No.

    November 4, 2010 |

    That is just so ace. You have so much energy for this stuff! x

  • Ines

    November 4, 2010 |

    I cannot believe it’s the same piece! Insanely awesome and chic; thanks for inspiring me to use what I have already, Maegan 🙂

    Would the spray you used work for a particle board piece also? Any recommendations?

  • ~ Kelly Ann ♥

    November 4, 2010 |

    That shelf idea -is so creative- I LOVE IT!!!
    I will be copying this idea


  • Marissa

    November 5, 2010 |

    So clever! I just showed this to my boyfriend and he said “wow, that is awesome!” haha.

    Such a wonderful DIY. Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to seeing your other renovated pieces 🙂


  • Maegan

    November 5, 2010 |

    Ines …it would but you would have to sand it down really good first.

  • Amy Kay

    November 5, 2010 |

    That looks AMAZING. I’ve always loved your blog Maegan, most especially your DIY everythings! I recently got hooked on watching NATE and am looking around for something to decorate haha. Thanks for the inspirations:)

    xoxo, amy

  • J.

    November 6, 2010 |

    I love, love, love this! Such a great idea, and the result is stunning!

  • Babychen

    November 6, 2010 |

    You have such a great ideas!!!
    I would like to see more of things like this!!!

    best wishes from GERMANY 😉

  • Poppy

    November 7, 2010 |

    That came out great!!! I’m going to stud my bookshelf to jazz it up a bit. And when I get a bigger space I’m going to re-create that bar, it looks amazing!

  • Anna

    March 20, 2011 |

    Genius! i like!

  • A Journey to " A House of One's Own"

    March 21, 2011 |

    really cool!

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