DIY Bar Cabinet – Can I Pour You A Drink?

A beautiful DIY bar cabinet for the dining room. It has two glass-front cabinets, two drawers, and a long bottom shelf.

There is no such thing as too much storage space. Especially, if it serves both a stylish and functional purpose. I’ve wanted a bar or buffet for the corner of the dining room for years. But I couldn’t find the perfect piece. I finally gave up and asked my husband to build me something. We wanted a bar with drawers, a long shelf, and glass-front cabinets. The DIY bar cabinet he created is beautiful. It checks all of my boxes.

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Building A DIY Bar Cabinet

My husband and I spent months searching for a bar that we liked for this space. And every time we found something we liked, it was out of our price range. Finally, he started researching DIY options. He found plans on Ana White for a Pottery Barn knockoff console table. It had everything I wanted in a bar cabinet! So he bought all of the supplies and followed the online plans to a tee.

Be sure to follow those plans if you intend to build your own version of this bar!

diy bar cabinet

I had such a hard time finding a bar cabinet because I wanted a piece with drawers, glass cabinets, and a shelf.  The drawers were necessary for storing table linens and candles. The glass front cabinets show off all of the drink selections. Plus, I have a collection of pretty drinkware to show off as well. Finally, I wanted the long shelf along the bottom to display some of my cookbooks and serving pieces.

diy bar cabinet

Usually, we don’t have an extensive liquor collection. But a friend threw my husband a “stock the bar” party. Also known as a “Dad Shower.” So now our pretty bar is fully stocked!


I wanted knobs that were simple but still kind of fun. These glass knobs were at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 apiece. I love the way they complement the dark finish of the cabinet.

diy bar cabinet

If I had building plans I would totally share them with you. But other than the Ana White plans I have no idea how my husband built it. I was almost 8 months pregnant laying on the couch, eating pizza, and watching Jane the Virgin. And since he was building this for me, I didn’t ask him to take photos.

diy bar cabinet

The drawers currently store my table linens and candles. They used to be in a box in the back corner of a cabinet. Maybe I will actually use them now that they are easily accessible.

I love having more space for serving food and drinks for parties. We love to entertain, but it never feels like there is enough table space. Another serving surface is certainly welcome!


This cabinet anchors the room and it compliments my plate display very nicely. It’s exactly what the dining space was missing.


The dark wood has also pushed me towards painting this room. I LOVE the green color, but it doesn’t really “flow” with the rest of the house. Since the chair rail continues throughout the downstairs, “flow” is pretty important. Sometime soon the lower walls will be a nice soft blue.


Check out our other DIY projects like the farmhouse dining table and custom coffee table.


  1. Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! It looks so great in that space! We actually just finished making a bar cart but now we need stuff to put on it, haha. I love how you styled yours!

  2. Wow! That looks fantastic. I’m jealous.

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