• Jayne Davies


Updated: Apr 7, 2021

I’m sure most of you can agree that being on lockdown for 3 months with not much else to do led to an increase in alcohol consumption! We’d been wanting to create a home bar in this corner since we moved in but I decided there was never a more perfect time to do so.

We already had some shelves in the alcove, and they were filled with pretty and decorative items. We knew this space had a better use. I watched a few YouTube videos on how to build floating alcove shelves and decided to give it a go.

The first job was to make a timber frame for each shelf. I used 1” thick timber lengths which I cut to size and attached to the walls.

Once these were in place, I used 6mm MDF to cover the frames. It wasn’t perfect and so caulk and wood filler were my friend! These covered a multitude of sins. I then primed it all and painted it the same colour as the walls.

I then used 2 x Ikea Metod kitchen cabinets for the cupboard part. I wanted to make it look a little more special so used wooden strip mouldings from Wickes which I cut to size and attached to the doors and side of the units. I then primed it and painted it the same colour as the walls. I added some legs and handles from Pretty Pegs which finished it off nicely.

The last part was to place a large sheet of mdf on top of the unit and into the alcove. This tied the whole thing together and made it look more built in.

It was then ready to fill! We purchased most of our glassware from Oliver Bonas, as well as the Neon Bar Sign from there. I managed to hide the cable for the Neon sign whilst building the shelves. It did show a little but once painted, it was pretty camouflaged. I’d also managed to pick up some colourful vintage glassware from Facebook Marketplace and purchased some glasses from Anthropology and Next.

And of course it needed lots of alcohol! After drinking too much wine, we wanted to switch to Gin so decided to start a new collection. We now have a large selection of Gin and different flavoured tonics which is ever-growing.

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