I have an old work bench I want to convert into a bar- any ideas?

Linda Smale
by Linda Smale
It is all wood and has a door and an area that might have had shelves. There are 2 vices and some drilled holes to hold tools. On the top it has a recessed back space about 3 inches wide and full length. I thought this might be good for spices if I made it into a BBQ bar. I don't know where to start I never did this before.
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  • Susan Axsom Curtis Susan Axsom Curtis on May 28, 2017

    If the space where the drawers (if you don't have them) used to be , cut out the cross member, and put a small refrigerator.

    If you have the drawers use them to hold bbq tools, wood chips for smoking , long bbq mitt, apron, dry spices. If using wet bbq sauce keep it refrigerated

  • Patricia Patricia on May 28, 2017

    it looks like a fun project-- some of the space could be a wine rack and even a place for a large container of ice. A top should be easy to find, look in cabinet shops for unused and unwanted pieces of cabinets, even tops-- cut the wrong size and are cheap as they have to use other pieces. If it is to be out side be sure the finish is ready for the weather or rollers if needed. Have a great time with your partys!

  • Patti Patti on May 28, 2017

    I fully agree that everyone should be able to do what they want with their own finds, but I am so envious of that work bench as a workbench!!! Would love to have one to use for what it was designed for. I hope it turns out wonderful and you get lots of enjoyment out of it, though it pains me to say so :).

  • Scott Scott on May 29, 2017

    Use floor molding to make an enclosed space, place beer coasters, coins, whatever, then fill with epoxy. Very COOL with ease clean up.

    Peace out,

    Hippie Juice Man

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 15, 2023

    Hi Linda, this old bench looks perfect for this! You can put shelves in the spot where I see the three boards, decide what finish you want on top. It looks set up well already withy the edges. This pictures shows something very similar to what you have, Hope it helps you out.