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My mom and I wanted to start a project and we decided to repurpose a hutch into a home bar. Her and I have ZERO wood working skills and made this happen using readily available tools and items from your local hardware store. The only power tools used in this project was a $30 Circular saw from Harbor Freight tools and a $25 Reciprocating saw. We used online videos on youtube to use best practices for straight cuts and examples. As you can see from the steps it was not too difficult and was a pretty fun project. I hope this post inspires your to challenge yourself... Be creative... And do something different... If you have any questions or anything you can comment below and leave a email address and I would be happy to chat.

Thank you for checking it out!

 
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Step 1: Find a Hutch

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Step 1: Take a old hutch or find a cheap one on craigslist. Obviously... A two piece hutch is ideal.. I found this one for $100 solid wood (Tips) For sanding purposes... try and find one with fewer grooves..

Step 2: Start Sanding

Step 2: Start sanding... Honestly.. This was my least favorite part... If you plan on staining it... Good luck...If you plan on painting it like I did you can buy finish remover to take the clear varnish off... I quit sanding and went this route..

Step 3: Visualize your attack

Step 3: Visualize your attack and figure out how high you want your bar and how wide. Do some math and figure out how much wood you need... How many screws you need... How many angle brackets you need etc.

Step 4: Get supplies

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Step 4: Make a trip to home depot... or your local hardware and wood store. Tip: make sure you have a large enough vehicle.

Step 5: Cut your bar top

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Step 5: Cut your bar top using the desired dimensions.. I used 1" thick solid wood sheet.

crank_girl6 months ago

A hutch in the UK is something you keep pet rabbits or guinea pigs in. I was fairly yeurgh until I saw the picture of the hutch.

thebeatonpath6 months ago

I am speechless! This is AMAZING! I love the look. Now I'm looking to find an old hutch!

Immato16 months ago

This is great! And I agree your comments and cautions were helpful! What about making this into a kitchen island? I think it would be great to have the extra storage and counter space. Congratulations on your new power tool skills.

erimarie6 months ago

WOW! I thought my sister and I were cool for turning a baby changing table into a bar, but this project is way cooler! Well done!

fenikkusu6 months ago

I see a person here who had a "vision"

and he worked it

and he realized it!

This is beautiful! You did a fantastic job! Good for you!

Um... yeah ... when's the party?!!!

i am still a drinker, and i clearly appreciate this too!

Eh Lie Us!6 months ago

Right on donkey kong! Although i'm no longer a drinker, I can clearly see the 'out of the box' thinking here.

Impressive.

Great job on the bar, just goes to show that you don't have to be a master craftsman with a little ingenuity!

ndronet6 months ago

This is pretty sweet! Your tips made me laugh too :)

MonolithFab6 months ago

Well done. Very respectable results for a first time effort on what could have been a cheesy repurposing project. I love the corrugated steel look. It feels like the Golden Age of Aviation to me. Great job.

craftclarity6 months ago

Wow, that looks awesome! Nice work!!!

fydaman (author)  craftclarity6 months ago
Thank you craft clarity!!
moonshine8818 days ago
for "zero" wood working skills this turned out very well! I built my bar (on here someplace under "bar/pub" I believe) from an old king headboard and some old cabinets then I build the bar portion from scratch but unlike your I have very little storage and I like how you incorporated the lower half of the hutch! I will be doing my next bar-top the way you did so I have more storage......now to buy a new house hmmmm. thanks for the ideas and btw the dollar stores and $.99 stores I find have great deals in glassware like lowballs and shot glasses to beer/wine glasses for cheap so if a drunk uncle breaks one your not out much!
rustygray6 months ago

That is a well stocked bar.

dpiccine6 months ago

wonderful