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Don't Break the Bank: How to DIY Your Home Bar


There's nothing more suave or double-o-seven than having your own wet bar in your own home. Think of how cool you'll look asking your guests "Scotch on the rocks?" while standing over a wet bar just outside your lounge.

Here's the thing though: Wet bars? They're expensive. Well, they are if you have them designed and constructed by the so-called professionals. DIYing can leave you – and your wallet – looking debonair as ever.

Here's how to DIY your new wet bar.

Save your wine corks
There are actually a crazy number of things you can do with wine corks. You can save them, making sure to write the occasion and date that made you strike at wine o'clock – even if it's just a Tuesday. Collect them in a vase or ceramic, patterned bowl and – voila! – suddenly you're fancy. You can also cut them nearly in half and make them menu holders.

Arrange them in a circle, and hang them on your wall for a dartboard. Cut them width-wise into small circles, and secure them to the bottom of your bar stools so they don't scratch your wood floors.

We mean it. You can do anything with these little guys.

Repurpose your beer caps
Remember what we told you about wine corks? (If you're having a hard time recalling, scroll up.) The same thing applies to beer caps. Beer caps can be art: You can arrange them into any shape, hot-glue them to literally anything flat and hang them on your wall. You can arrange them into a fun, creative backsplash for your wet bar.

You can collect one for every craft beer you've consumed or one for every state you've had a beer in. Bring a little culture to your wet bar.

Pop some tags
Remember that Macklemore jam from a while back – the one about going thrift shopping? Take the message to heart, and run out to your nearest thrift store. Or garage sale. Or yard sale. You get the idea.

Any reusable item has amazing powers, including being able to transform into almost anything else. You can make vintage bottles into handsome light fixtures. Buy old wooden barrels and turn them into creative bar stools or a cabinet or even – if you're even craftier than we thought – a sink.

Don't have a counter? Get some wooden pallets and stack them on top of each other. Now you have a place to rest your chalice when your hand gets tired. This wet bar is Shabby Chic at its very finest.

DIY wet bars make your home that much more attractive to home buyers. The best part? You get to keep it when you move out. For help with next steps, give us a call.

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