A bar table can provide a cool space to have a drink without taking up too much room in a small space. This DIY outdoor bar table is made of 2-by-4s that are cut into same-size blocks and glued together, then attached to a stand made of metal pipes and fittings, says Amanda Giles with DesignFix, a California interior design company. The metal stools cost under $85 for a pair.
A stainless steel surgical table found at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 provides a sleek foundation for a modern bar. Topped with vintage bar accessories and bold art prints, the design is uncomplicated and smooth – just like your drink of choice.
A couple of coats of a high-quality gold spray paint makes an affordable table ready for a party. “Our bar area is clean and simple with plenty of personality,” says Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall, who blogs about home decor and DIY projects. “We keep an edited mix of liquors and a fresh selection of add-ins, such as herbs grown in our garden, lemons and limes.” She tucked chic faux fur stools--an IKEA hack--underneath for additional seating.
A semi-tarnished champagne bucket or used water pitcher can make a chic and unique flower vase, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle. If you have a covered porch or patio, don't be afraid to buy indoor pieces and spray paint them with outdoor protectant, she adds. Also, you can create a bar cart by buying an existing side table or thrift store steal and gluing a tray you already own to the top it. Then paint it or stamp it with your initials or a welcome message for guests.
A curved soffit defines the full-service wet bar in this basement game room. A poker table fills out a nearby corner, and vintage pieces like an old-fashioned wall phone add whimsy throughout the space.
Accessories, such as retro stirrers and striped straws add a shot of excitement and whimsy to the bar table. The addition of flasks, shakers and barware passed down by Atlantan Amanda Macy Hall’s grandparents give a hit of heritage and a taste of playful pastimes.