It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I am on time this week! It was a quick turnaround, but I made it! This week I tackled the one and only piece of furniture in this tiny room, an IKEA wine bar cabinet hack. But before we dive into how I did this simple hack, check out week one, week two, and week three to catch up on the plans and progress. Now let’s dive into how I gave this IKEA piece a custom look.
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IKEA Wine Bar Cabinet Hack
Last week I left off with the walls finally in place! Now I need to add all the details that will really transform this small room that is barely the size of a closet into a legit wine cellar room.
If you recall back to week one, this wine cabinet was already stashed in this corner. I did not build this. I found it years ago at a thrift store for $15 and snagged it for overflow wine storage. I always intended to make it over, but never got around to it.
I started out by sanding the wine rack down. I only intended to scuff it up a bit so I could paint it, but when I saw the light wood grain peeking through, I knew that was the best idea. I only sanded down the frame, as the inside would have been impossible.
After I sanded the wine rack down, I covered the outside in plastic and tape so I could use the paint sprayer to update the inside of the wine rack. I used Iron Ore which is the same color I used on the ceiling.
This wine rack became the base of my great idea. But I also wanted to incorporate storage for my grandma’s crystal wine glasses. Naturally I headed straight to IKEA furniture. This should come as no surprise since I never turn down a a good IKEA hack and I didn’t have time to build anything from scratch. Enter the IKEA Enhet wall cabinet, essentially kitchen cabinets.
I considered several other IKEA items like the Ivar cabinets and the Billy bookcases but they were just a little bit too big. I also considered using my IKEA bar cart hack I did several years back, but it too was not a good fit. Other great IKEA pieces for small spaces like the Tarva dresser, and Rudsta cabinet were also a no go.
The plan was to add the IKEA Enhet cabinet to the top of the wine rack turned horizontally on it’s side.
It wasn’t quite tall enough so I decided it needed some legs. I was originally planning to use hairpin legs as I have done many times before, but I realized I had some wooden legs leftover from another project. I drilled some holes into scrap 2x4s and screwed the legs in. I painted them the same color as the inside of the wine rack, Iron Ore.
Once the table legs were dry, I flipped over the wine rack and attached them to the under side.
Next I addressed the Enhet cabinet doors. I really wanted to tie in the wood tone from the wine rack so I decided to add my go to detail, pole wrap. I had this left over from the bed I made for our room. You can see the full tutorial here. I cut the pole wrap with my miter saw and glued it to the doors with wood glue.
I let the glue dry overnight with some weights on top.
Then I added some flat black finger pulls for a high end look. I may or may not have stolen these from my IKEA rast dresser hack. Relax, I ordered more and will replace them. No IKEA desk hack was harmed in the making of this cool home bar, haha!
Now I needed to address the gaps between the ends of the IKEA Enhet cabinet and the end of the wine rack. The easiest idea I had was to make faux panels. I started making some boxes out of 2×4 scraps.
I then cut down two more pieces of wood to the size of the gaps. I used scrap wood from my bed build. I chose not to finish the ends for two reasons. One, this bar cabinet would be sandwiched between two walls and would not be seen. Two, it was the easy way and didn’t require me to buy more wood. However, if I later decide it’s necessary, I can always add matching end panels.
The final piece to my great IKEA hack was a bar top. I picked up a project panel from my local hardware store and ripped it down to size on my table saw. I then painted it to match the rest of the wine cabinet. While I did not use furniture paint, you definitely can, but I think ordinary wall paint works just fine too.
To attach all the components I used my nail gun. I centered the Enhet cabinet on top of the wine rack first and then attached the two with nails. Then I secured the faux side panels to the 2×4 boxes. Once they were in place, I made sure my cabinet doors would still open and close before attaching the 2×4 boxes to the wine rack through the bottom 2×4. I attached the bar top last by nailing up through the 2×4 box into the top.
I may come back and add some contact paper to the inside of the cabinets for a fun and different look on the inside and to hide the tiny nail holes. But for now, I have created a great way to to store all my crystal glasses and wine of course 😉
In less than a week I gave this old wine rack a complete overhaul and an all new look! It’s amazing how far a little paint, some new hardware and a little effort can go! Now I have my own bar in what is soon to be a wine room!
What do you think? Did I meet my goals and create the perfect bar with a modern look for this small space?
Week 5 summary
- installed the ceiling light
- refinished the wine cabinet
- added an IKEA cabinet for storage
- made a custom wine bar cabinet
Next week I hope to tackle the basement flooring and at least start on the custom wall wine rack. If you want to see all the behind the scenes and video content, make sure you follow me on Instagram!
Join me again next week to see how the rest of the wine room is coming along! Fingers crossed I can knock out a lot this week, because I am still behind. This wine room may or may not have a door in week 8. To be continued….
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