If you know us, you know
we like our booze we like to build furniture (no joke, I’m writing this while sitting at our favorite bar having a beer. I swear I don’t have a problem). You probably think it’s been forever since we posted about our last build, this dining room buffet…and you would be correct. But honestly, as it has been getting colder here in Indiana, the prospect of hanging out in our “shop”, aka our 85-year-old uninsulated, unheated, one car garage has lost its appeal. So, this project was completed in small steps when one of us could bear to be out there. Let me tell you, painting in the cold is not fun and actually pretty difficult (cold paint doesn’t exactly go on as smooth as you would like), but we finally finished it and moved it inside, so I have to share the details!
This plan was loosely based off Ana White’s Benchmark Storage/Media Tower plan. The bones are basically the same, but we added a few details to make it more functional for us and our boozy needs. Here are a few pictures of the process
Beginning to build the frame:
Frame built, ready for some shelves. I will note that Bryan ended up using plugs to fill all the pocket holes, which makes the interior look SO nice! You can kind of tell where the holes used to be if you look verrrrrrry closely along the right edge of the interior of the left side (that makes no sense, right? Oh well…just take my word for it…there used to be holes and now there aren’t. WOO!)
Some details added with the router:
And a close up of the details:
Pretttttty huh? We used a combination of routed edges and premade quarter-round molding to bulk up the top and hide seams along the joints for a more finished look.
We also altered Ana’s plans a little by adding a slotted rack on top for stemware. We had seen similar features on bar cabinets at Crate and Barrel and desperately needed to clear some glasses out of our kitchen cabinets, so this was the perfect solution! Bryan figured out how to build this on his own and it turned out great!
After everything was assembled, we gave it the same paint treatment that we used on the buffet - a coat of white paint and then a coat of dark ebony stain wiped off after application (you can read about how to do this here).
We were sooo happy when we finally got to move this thing out of garage and into our dining room!
Here’s a close up of the stemware holder, with the perfect amount of space for our stemless (i.e., favorite) wine glasses underneath. Heck, we even have Kilroy’s shot glasses….cause we’re classy like that
The second shelf will hold miscellaneous bar items. Right now, it holds a marble wine cooler, a lone wine glass that wouldn’t fit up top, and a decanter of Scotch. I love scotch. Scotchy scotch scotch. Here it goes down…down into my belly…yum yum yum.
I really hope at least some people picked up on my SUPER obvious Anchorman quote up there! If not, here’s a scene from one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen:
Moving on…the bottom portion of the cabinet features a glass door and plenty of storage for our prestigious liquor collection.
I know you’re all super impressed by our selection. I love how the Patron is the only straight-up liquor we have down there…the rest is weird blended stuff (Baileys, Skinny Girl margarita mix, etc). We just have trouble keeping any inventory
cause we drink so much, cause we’re too cheap to buy nice liquor, for some unknown reason. Oh well!
Anyways, hope you enjoy. Now that it’s getting super chilly, we’ll have to re-evaluate our house-related goals for the winter. I think I’ll post a New Year’s Resolution-esque list on here in the next couple days, to keep us accountable Happy New Year everyone!