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.
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Step 1: Find a Hutch
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
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
Step 5: Cut your bar top using the desired dimensions.. I used 1" thick solid wood sheet.
Step 6: Build Your Bar Up
Step 6: Build your bar up. I used six 2x4 12" long to build the bar top up. Used a ton of screws and angle and flat brackets (Found at home depot) until I felt it was sturdy enough to hold the weight of the bar top and two full grown adults standing on it..TESTED
Step 7: Visualize the Front of Your Bar
For the front of the bar I knew I was going to use corrigated roofing sheets (Found at home depot) so I added a thin 1/4 inch thick ply wood to the front before the roofing sheets for added support.
Step 8: Prep the Top of the Hutch
Step 8: Start removing all glass and start sanding the cabinet portion of the hutch to include and drawers or cabinets you plan on using
Step 9: Paint Everything
Step 9: Paint everything
Step 10: Visualize What You Want to Do Under the Top of the Hutch
Step 10: Start visualizing and shelf like system for the caibnet portion and buy wood to fit
Step 11: Add Some Style
I Used chicken wire to replace the glass in the hutch becuase I was going after a industrial style look (Found at home depot)
Step 12: Get Your Bar Stuff Together!
Step 13: ALL DONE