How to Use Kitchen Cabinets for a Wet Bar


A wet bar can create a beverage and entertainment center right in your home. Kitchen cabinets work well as the base for the wet bar, saving you time and the hassle of building the bar from scratch. Because most wet bars are relatively small, you'll only need a few cabinets for the project. Save your old cabinets when you remodel the kitchen, or look for discounted stock cabinetry at home improvement stores for an affordable, homemade wet bar.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Cabinetry
  • Countertop
  • Sink
  • Jigsaw
  • Locate the existing plumbing lines to help find a location for your wet bar, as you'll have less work when plumbing the sink on the bar. Consider the location of the electrical wiring so you are able to add a nearby outlet for blenders, lights or other electrical items near the bar.

  • Measure the available space where you plan to locate the wet bar. Use this measurement to calculate the number of cabinets you can use to create the wet bar base.

  • Hire a plumber to run the water lines for the wet bar sink. Hiring a professional reduces the risk for mistakes that could cause major water damage.

  • Measure the height of the kitchen cabinets you're using. Measure up on the wall and mark this height. Draw a line using a level at this height to serve as your installation guide.

  • Mark the location of the plumbing lines for the sink. Cut a hole in the corresponding kitchen cabinet to allow those lines to enter the cabinet space.

  • Position the cabinet with the plumbing lines so it matches up with the line you marked on the wall. Use wood shims as needed to make the cabinet level. Check with a level in all directions to ensure the cabinet is positioned correctly.

  • Screw the cabinet to the wall once it is in the correct position. Pre-drill holes through the hang rail that is inside the cabinetry and into the wall studs. Drill the screws through those holes to secure the cabinet.

  • Position the remaining cabinets next to the initial cabinet. Use the same method to level and attach the remaining cabinets.

  • Attach a stock countertop to the cabinets. Use a template to cut a hole in the countertop using a jigsaw, to accommodate the bar sink.

  • Apply a bead of silicone caulk along the bottom edge of the sink rim. Place the sink in the hole you cut. Attach the sink to the plumbing, or have the plumber handle this step to avoid leaking pipes.

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