5.05.2014

TV Armoire Turned Bar Cabinet


I am really going to start getting a reputation after this post.

I have waxed on about built in beverage centerssetting up a bar in your bay windows, and even went so far as turn an innocent baby changing table into a bar cart.  Now I've taken our TV armoire and made it into a bar cabinet (again).

This is the armoire that once stored our old tube TV (two houses ago), then very haphazardly became a place to store our liquor (one house ago), and then became a home office (current house).  It's had a lot of life in it's years.

When I decided to build a wall of bookcases in our living room, I was going to have the armoire moved out of the room, but reconsidered.  It is one of the few pieces of furniture that we've had for many years that I don't want to either kick to the curb or paint.  It has a pretty diamond pattern on the doors and is a super heavy and well built piece.   I always thought this cabinet would make a great bar with a little elbow grease, and so, in the midst of the biggest carpentry project I have ever taken on by myself I thought it would be a super idea to start a whole other project.

Did I mention this bar cabinet is fashioned out of an old ping pong table, a broken outdoor umbrella, left over trim found in the garage, and a bit of shopping the house?

The funny thing that our good friends can attest to is that with three kids ages 15, 13 and 11 playing gazillions of sports, we have ZERO time to entertain.  If we are having a glass of wine it is more likely to be at the local tavern where we are having burgers with the kiddos after a baseball or lacrosse game.
  
'Tis the season of our life and we are so glad to be in it!

In the meantime, now all our liquor and barware is in one spot if ever the occasion presents itself to actually have friends or family over, and the armoire has form and function in our living room.

Wednesday I'll give you the nitty gritty of how I used castoffs and junk around my house to turn the armoire into a bar cabinet!

Happy Monday folks!
xoLisa


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17 comments:

Denise Greenwood said...

Isn't that the way it always is - in the midst of one project we inevitably find another to start!! It looks lovely Lisa :)

Vel Criste said...

Hahaha! Don't worry, your reputation is still very much well and dandy in our books despite all the beverages stations you've posted about around your home! ;-) Love this one - a great way really to use old armoires that are everywhere right now. Love how you added the mirrors too Lisa!

Calypso In The Country said...

Love it Lisa! We are the same way with sports these days! I wish we had time to just sit and have a cocktail every now and then - but you are right, it's a great time to be with family. They are only little for a short time. Before you know it you might have to get a lock for that armoire though...
-Shelley

Stacey {steward of design} said...

Great idea, Lisa! Looks really good. Love the mirror and the map.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow lisa! such a great idea!!! i love how it looks, love the styling and black accents!

Cyndy Aldred said...

Such a smart idea Lisa! It turned out awesome! You're ready for a party girl! xo

Simply LKJ said...

What a great idea! Looks amazing.

Simply LKJ said...

What a great idea! Looks amazing.

Dana Frieling said...

Your 'shopping' list is greatness! I'm looking forward to hearing which pieces were used for what. That says a lot that I haven't figured it out just by looking at the picture. Good work, Lisa!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Well now that's creative! Great way to repurpose an old piece. Looks great.

barbarag said...

Fabulous job! I have a similar cabinet which is now being used to store blankets, but a bar is more fun!

pam {simple details} said...

You are so clever, the mirrors were such a smart idea to give it a little pizzazz! It will be so functional, I know you'll love it when you get to entertain again someday! :)And, I'm totally stumped with the umbrella part you used!

Kris @ Driven by Décor said...

Do tell where you are getting all of this time and energy from - seriously I'm amazed that you are able to get your bookcase done let alone add another project to the mix! Love the map lining the back and the corks on the bottom is an idea that I'm going to have to steal for something. Now you have a great excuse to have a little party :)

Tracy Laverty said...

Lisa- this looks amazing with the mirrors and the nautical chart for the backing. This is so smart and useful! Great job.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I've never met a bar I didn't like. :) I love the nautical map and the mirrors make such a huge difference! Great work!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Such a good idea. Sounds like you win the MacGuyver award for this one! :)

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Lisa, this is a brilliant way to repurpose that armoire. I love it and am ready to come over for a cocktail! Love it. xo Nancy