Rustic Fridge Bar / Coffee Bar

18 Materials
$400
3 Weeks
Advanced

I've looked everywhere for bars that could hold an electric beer fridge and they were soooo expensive! So, we decided to make our own! The result was better than anything I could have imagined!

Put together top of bar

First, measure the dimensions of your mini fridge. Our fridge was 21.3L" x 21.3W" x 31.4H" tall. You'll want to add a couple of inches of width and depth to allow for proper ventilation per fridge instructions. We decided to make the bar 62"L x 26.5W" x 33"H.


Measure and cut five 62"L boards for the top of the bar. Use wood glue on the joints and clamp the boards into place.

Place pocket holes into wood and use 2 inch screws to clamp the pieces together.

Cut boards for the frame

First, measure, mark and cut the wood to build out the frame of the bar.

It's best to start building from the ground up

Our design called for a 23.5" space for the fridge and a 25.5 space for the right shelf space.

We started with an "E" shape on the ground and built our way up

The right side of the bar (shelve side) called for 21"W.

Stabilize the top of the bar by adding support between each of the sections

Place two pieces of wood at the top of the bar.

Add an "X" to each side of the bar
Create two sets of shelves for the bar

Measure and cut 10 21"L boards for the shelves of the bar. Use wood glue on the joints and clamp the boards into place.

Stain the bar!

Make sure to sand the bar really well before staining the bar. We used three coats of the stain.

Seal with Polyurethane

We sealed with three coats of polyurethane.

Enjoy your beautiful bar! Cheers!
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Mary Anderson
    Mary Anderson
    on Nov 14, 2020

    Beautiful job! Are you concerned about the refrigerator sitting directly on the carpet? Could it overheat or discolor the carpet?

    • Emily / Shorely Cozy
      Emily / Shorely Cozy
      on Nov 15, 2020

      Hi Mary! That’s a great question! We left plenty of space between the bar and refrigerator so it wouldn’t overheat! We also bought a top rated refrigerator that doesn’t have any issues with leaking.

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    3 days ago

    To add to Mary's question/statement, nice work, love the X bracing. My concern is the fridge will sink into the carpet enough that it will become difficult to open the door.

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