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Upcycled: Old Chest of Drawers to Wine Bar

It has been my experience that the road to memorable projects is winding and forked, paved with errors and traveled with missteps. If I had a dollar for every mistake or change of heart, I could afford to hire some other schmuck to do these projects for me while I relax by the pool with a fish taco and a margarita. Then again, what fun would that be…for me or for you?
Please note: this was a long project with a lot of twists and turns. What I'm showing here on Hometalk is just a high-level overview. For the details, the full funny story and tons of pics, please click the link at the end of this post to head over to our blog after reading here on Hometalk.
Time: 1 Months Cost: $0 Difficulty: Medium
My latest masterpiece of misadventure is an old chest of drawers upcycled into a wine bar. An old friend gave this piece to me over a year ago, knowing that Handan and I are batty for free furniture.
It sat in the basement for half a year before I got a start on it last October. It is a solid old piece made from good hard maple and covered in a few layers of paint. The first order of business was to test for lead paint. The test was negative, so I was good to go. But at this point, I had no idea where I was going. I decided to start scraping.
I removed the drawers and the top and took a look at the bones. After a time, I decided to hack off a few drawer supports to open up some space inside. It was around this time that I thought the chest of drawers would make a good bar.
I filled in the sides with some 3/4 inch birch plywood and then filled the gaps and cracks with wood filler and spackle.
I fitted the bottoms of the drawers with slides. I used side-mount slides as bottom-mount. This isn't a good practice in general, but I couldn't find bottom mounts to suit my needs and these side mounts fit perfectly. I can report that they are working fine in their modified role. Again, not recommended, but in this case, acceptable.

I started working on a new bar top made from some mahogany I had left over from a previous project.

Things were moving along nicely. It was time to paint. I used Handan's chalk paint recipe to mix up a batch of old white.

You can find Handan's homemade chalk paint recipe on our blog.
Handan helped me with a stencil for the bar top.
Handan helped me to make wine-label collages for the sides. She then Mod-Podged them into place.
I wired up some lighting and that was that! (Actually, there was so so so much more, both before, during and after!

Here are a few pics of the finished project.
That's it for the highlights. Please head over to the blog post for the full story.

Thanks for reading! -Greg

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