Do-it-yourselfer transforms old furniture into a stylish home BAR

DIYer turns an old cupboard into a stylish home bar – complete with an ice maker and glowing LED lighting

  • A creative Australian has upcycled a closet and turned it into a home bar
  • Nicole refreshes the look with a lick of blue paint, LED lighting and ice maker
  • Online she admitted she had ‘no idea’ what she was doing
  • The end result looked fantastic and others called it ‘incredible’


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A creative woman has impressed hundreds online after turning an old closet into a stylish home bar.

Nicole, from South Australia, has upcycled the massive piece of furniture and refreshed the look with a lick of blue paint.

After sharing images on a popular Facebook group, Nicole admitted she had “no idea” what she was doing, but was happy with the end result.

The cabinet was originally aged with a dark lacquered look, but was converted into an incredible bar with battery-operated LED lighting and a slide-out ice maker.

Back in the day: the huge cabinet originally looked aged with a dark lacquered look

Back in the day: the huge cabinet originally looked aged with a dark lacquered look

After: Nicole, from South Australia, upcycled the massive piece of furniture and refreshed the look with a lick of blue paint

After: Nicole, from South Australia, upcycled the massive piece of furniture and refreshed the look with a lick of blue paint

After: Nicole, from South Australia, upcycled the massive piece of furniture and refreshed the look with a lick of blue paint

Nicole used blue paint from Bunnings Warehouse and bought the ice cream maker from eBay for $140.

‘My drinking station. I had no idea what I was doing. I love the folks at Bunnings, Gawler SA…always so helpful!’ she wrote online.

The center cabinet drawer and doors were also removed to make room for the ice maker.

Once the paint had dried, Nicole placed a Jack Daniel’s bar mat on the counter, along with her liquor collection.

'My drinking station.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I love the folks at Bunnings, Gawler SA...always so helpful!'  she wrote online

'My drinking station.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I love the folks at Bunnings, Gawler SA...always so helpful!'  she wrote online

‘My drinking station. I had no idea what I was doing. I love the folks at Bunnings, Gawler SA…always so helpful!’ she wrote online

The middle drawer and cabinet doors have also been removed to make room for the ice maker

The middle drawer and cabinet doors have also been removed to make room for the ice maker

The ice maker was bought from eBay for $140

The ice maker was bought from eBay for $140

The middle drawer and cabinet doors have also been removed to make room for the ice maker

The social media post was soon inundated with comments and praise from others approving the DIY project.

‘Wow! What a fantastic idea! It looks amazing!’ wrote a woman.

‘This is unbelievable!’ another added, a third said, ‘I should have done this!’

The simple idea also inspired others to upcycle old furniture instead of choosing to buy new pieces.

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