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How to Make a DIY Mini Bar for Your Charlotte Apartment

  |     |   Apartment Living, Charlotte, NC
cocktail drink with strawberry

Nothing spruces up a home and screams adult like a well-stocked bar. Wouldn't it be great to have a chic bar during the holidays or for your next gathering? Well, prepare to be inspired… because we have found quite a few stunning ideas for DIY minibars that will have you rushing to IKEA. Get ready to entertain in your Charlotte apartment like never before.

A Faux Marble Makeover 

This blogger found a simple rolling cart at Target and turned it into a chic marble bar cart with just a few simple supplies. All it took was some gray marble adhesive film, a pair of scissors, and a plastic spreader to rock this DIY. Covering the wooden shelves with the marble film gave this inexpensive cart a very upscale look. Add a wine rack, a few bottles of liquor on the bottom shelf and several fancy glasses on the top shelf, and you have yourself a proper minibar.

Corner Bar 

If you are having trouble finding space for your minibar among all the other pieces of furniture you have adorning your Charlotte apartment, consider tucking your bar cart into a corner with a small round bar table. This particular piece came from Oliver Bonas and even has a little rack for hanging wine glasses. However, you can probably find something that will work just fine at your local thrift store. Use the tips from the faux marble makeover above to give a thrifted table a chic new look.

friends saying cheers with wine glasses

Shelves Turned Minibar

Turn the extra space over your buffet into a minibar on the wall by installing a couple of fancy shelves. Even if you can't find ones exactly like the premade ones this blogger managed to scrape up, you could easily purchase a few shelves that match your decor style at IKEA… which is only a short drive from your Charlotte apartment! Another option is to check Etsy for a crafter who can custom build you a set of bar worthy shelves. Once installed, stock glasses on one and your liquor or wine on the other. Instant minibar!

Hidden Minibar

Let your minibar do double duty as another piece of furniture in your home. Stash your adult beverages in an end table or a media console. If you really want to get high tech, get one of these smart coffee tables from Sobro. It has a cooling drawer that is perfect for stocking with beer, wine, and cocktail ingredients. With this coffee table, you would never even have to leave the couch for your refill.

IKEA Hack Minibar

The IKEA Raskog utility cart is probably one of their most versatile pieces. Pinterest is full of different uses for the rolling cart that comes in several colors, including an adorable sky blue. It can be found full of books, being used as extra kitchen storage space, as a nightstand next to a bed, and as a minibar. The cart is super stylish but sturdy enough to hold all of your liqueur. Plus, with three shelves, there is plenty of room for your glasses and accessories. The best part is that the Raskog has wheels which means you can slide it all over your Charlotte apartment, and it can be wherever the party is at.

Now that you have a few solid ideas of how to make a DIY minibar for your apartment, let's talk about how to stock it.

cocktail poured from shaker

Necessities for Stocking Your Minibar

Before you invite over all of your besties, you need to get your cart stocked and ready to go! So, what exactly goes in a fully equipped minibar? First, you need to get all of your hardware situated. The good news is most of these items can be purchased together in a cocktail or bar kit.

  • A cocktail shaker
  • An ice bucket with tongs
  • A wine opener
  • A beer opener
  • A wine bottle stopper
  • A wine coaster

Once you have all of your hardware accounted for, it is time to move on to the drinkable portion of the cart. This is a good starter list of basics, but obviously, you will want to add any ingredients for the cocktails on your favorite list.

  • A good red wine
  • A good white wine
  • Champagne
  • Light Rum
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Bourbon or Whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Sparkling Water
  • Tonic Water
  • Sour Mix

You will probably want to add a few extras to the mix in order to give your drinks a professional flair. These items will show your dinner guests that you mean business. Beware, your friends may start considering your Charlotte apartment the hottest nightlife spot in town!

  • Cocktail Napkins
  • Coasters
  • Fruit for garnishing
  • Shot glasses
  • Drink stirrers
  • Sugar or Salt for rimming glasses

With all this information, you are ready to make your very own minibar for your Charlotte apartment. The hardest part may be deciding which style of bar you want because they all look so darn cute. Cheers!

If a minibar isn't your things, then you should consider a coffee and tea bar! This would also make a great addition to your Phillips Mallard Creek Apartment.

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