Homeowners turn an old cupboard into a brilliant DIY home bar – cheers to that idea!

One savvy couple show us how to make a DIY home bar from a disused storage space

There are home transformations that deserve a round of applause, and then then are those that deserve a round of drinks to celebrate! And this ingenious DIY home bar idea is the latter!

The fabulous transformation popped up in our Ideal Home Room Clinic. Member Liz Smith shared with the group how to make a home bar out of an old cupboard!

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The cupboard before transformation

white room with frames on wall and wardrobe

(Image credit: Liz Smith/ Ideal Home Room Clinic)

Liz explains the space is an existing extension, previously a granny annexe room. With the cupboard ‘ filled with toys and grannies slippers and a dressing gown!’

After her eldest two children moved out the room was no longer needed, so they decided to move the granny annexe upstairs.

Telling Ideal Home, ’we found ourselves with yet another unused room. The obvious choice a home bar easy to get to the hot tub, without dripping through the dining room and kitchen.’

Yes that is correct, this room leads via French doors out onto the garden where there is also a hot tub...this house is made for parties. Anyone else fancy moving in? We do!

kitchen room with wooden wall cabinet

(Image credit: Liz Smith/ Ideal Home Room Clinic)

‘We fitted the bar ourselves over a weekend, 'Liz tells us. 'The wood panels on the back were sooooo heavy to cut and lift into place!
The gorgeous distressed wood floor tiles, were part of the kitchen dining room makeover. They are called Shimmy timber from Tile Choice.’

A DIY home bar worth toasting...

living room with white wall on frame and sofa

(Image credit: Liz Smith/ Ideal Home Room Clinic)

Raise a glass to the job completed! Who else is off to empty the cupboard in prep?

The transformation was met with a cheer in the Facebook group...

'Looks brilliant! Well done 👏🏻' says one supportively. 'Wow! Great job! Love it' exclaims another.

living room with drinks fridge and sofa

(Image credit: Liz Smith/ Ideal Home Room Clinic)

Liz estimates the costs for her DIY home bar transformation at £1550, including all the extras. With the highest priced items being the drinks fridge from Amazon costing £300; wood-effect worktops and splashback costing £300 and cupboards from Howdens costing £150.

The couple furnished the finished bar in an eclectic style, to add even further character. Such as the quirky aeroplane shelf that takes centre stage and the statement pendant light made of wine glasses.

Buy now: Floating Industrial Retro Aeroplane Wall Shelf, £49.99, House of Oscar

The remaining accessories are from a mix of affordable high street solutions, such as Next and Dunelm.

Related: Bar ideas for the home – raise a glass to these divine drinks stations

Do you have a fabulous room makeover? Or a nifty home hack? We'd love you to share them with us over in the Ideal Home Room Clinic.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.