How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Use vintage stained glass panels to create this storage unit in just 4 hours

salvage bar cabinet
Photo by Kristen Larsen

The graphic pattern on this red-and-amber-colored stained-glass sidelight really complemented the Mod-ish furnishings in my apartment. But the window's tall, narrow proportions are what made it ideal for the door of a wall-mounted storage unit for bar glasses that I wanted to put in an awkward recess in my dining room.

Here's the step-by-step for the cabinet I built:


Steps // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet
1 ×

Rip wood to size

 
Step One // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Rip wood to size

Cut the cabinet's preprimed sides
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Using a table saw, cut the cabinet's 1x preprimed pine sides to the length of the glass door. The ends and shelves should be 1 ½ inches smaller than the window's width.

You can also have the wood cut for you at the lumber yard.

 
2 ×

Layout placement of shelves

 
Step Two // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Layout placement of shelves

Mark the sides
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Mark on the sides where the shelves will be placed, using a pencil and framing square.

 
3 ×

Fit pieces together

 
Step Three // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Fit pieces together

glue the panels
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Glue the top and bottom panels between the side walls, then glue in the shelves.

 
4 ×

Secure with screws

 
Step Four // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Secure with screws

steady the unit
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Steady the unit with clamps and drive in finish screws to reinforce the glue.

 
5 ×

Paint the cabinet

 
Step Five // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Paint the cabinet

paint the unit
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Paint the unit, and let it dry.

 
6 ×

Attach the back

 
Step Six // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Attach the back

Add plywood back panel
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Add a ½-inch plywood back panel secured with glue and steel tacks.

 
7 ×

Mortise hinges

 
Step Seven // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Mortise hinges

scooping out wood with chisel
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Create mortises for the door hinges by scooping out the wood with a chisel, its
bevel side facing down. Then flip the chisel bevel side up to smooth the surface.

 
8 ×

Line hinges up with glass panel

 
Step Eight // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Line hinges up with glass panel

place the glass door on the top of cabinet
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Put the closed hinges in the mortises and place the glass door squarely on top of the cabinet to mark where the hinges line up on its wooden frame.

 
9 ×

Attach the hardware

 
Step Nine // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Attach the hardware

attach the hardware
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Predrill for the hinge screws, place the cabinet on its side next to the glass, and attach the hardware

 
10 ×

Add a handle

 
Step Ten // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Add a handle

screw on the handle
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Screw on a handle like this salvaged bin pull for opening and closing the door.

 
11 ×

Hang the cabinet

 
Step Eleven // How to Build a Stylish Bar Cabinet

Hang the cabinet

woman hanging cabinet to the anchor system
Photo by Kristine Larsen

Hang the cabinet with an anchoring system appropriate for your wall type. And load it up with glasses.

 
 
 

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