How To

How to Make a Mini Bar From a Cabinet


Wood cabinet One gallon of Glidden paint + primer in semi-gloss (featured color) Screwdriver 220-grit sandpaper or sanding block Tack cloth or soft rag Drop cloth 2½” angled paintbrush 4” mini foam roller frame 4” high density foam roller cover (for smooth surfaces) Mini roller tray Paint cup Paint stirrers Accessories like trays & racks for bottles & glasses

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Step 1.
Remove hardware.

Use a flathead or Philips screwdriver to remove hardware, including door hinges. If knobs and pulls are wood, leave them on the cabinet to be painted. Save hardware & screws in a safe place; label if necessary to remember where each piece belongs.

Step 2.
Sand with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe away residue.

Sand with the grain of the wood, never against or across it. If your piece is unfinished, raw wood, only a light sanding in necessary. If your piece is heavily varnished (it will look shiny), give it a good 5 to 10 minute scuffing. Wipe away all residue with tack cloth or soft rag. This provides a smooth surface for paint to stick to.

Step 3.
Paint hard-to-reach spots with an angled brush.

Use an angled brush to paint everywhere the mini roller won’t reach, like interior corners and moulding. Extend paint an inch or two out from interior corners so the paint you roll on blends well.

Step 4.
Apply three even coats of semi-gloss paint with a mini foam roller. Let dry 24 hrs.

Cover the surface by rolling back and forth in a “W” motion, moving with the grain of the wood. Stop rolling once you’ve achieved thin, even coverage—the less you roll over wet paint, the smoother it will be. Let dry between each coat. Once you’ve finished the third coat, let the piece dry for 24 hours before moving to the next step.

Step 5.
Reattach hardware. Add accessories like trays & racks for bottles & glasses.

Reattach all hardware you’ll be keeping on the piece. Look for bottle and glass racks that fit the dimensions of your piece, and use them to further transform the mini bar. Add trays to hold bartender accessories, napkins and other necessities.