DIY: Bourbon Bar

While we were home in Columbus, we decided to tackle a project I've been wanting to work on for awhile -- making E a Bourbon Bar. Yes, we just made a bar cart a few weeks ago, but our booze collection is just overflowing (the boys' bourbon addiction has had a big hand in this). We have this funny sized nook in our apartment where our bar used to live that is in desperate need of a shelving / storage unit. So... I designed a piece out of steel pipes to fit our needs.

1. Decide on a design that meets your needs.

2. Meticulously draw out the design and determine the sizes of each individual pipe you will need and how many pipes, T's, elbows, flanges, etc. will be needed to complete the design.

3. Go to Lowe's and bring a measuring tape.

4. Strypeeze and steel wool were our best friends -- stripping the pipes of all the junk that they come coated in required some serious manual labor.  If we learned one thing… there is no way you can do this in a small apartment. Having dad's work room and the nasty basement sink were essential (a very messy project).

5. Once all pipes are scrubbed, transfer to sink to rinse. You are left with really pretty raw steel.

6. Spray paint (if needed). We got flanges, which will connect the pipes to the wheels (on wheels was a must have for us) and the pipes to the very top wood shelf. The flanges were super bright silver colored so we had to try to get them closer to the raw look as the pieces above.

7. Now it's time to assemble. This is a challenge if you don't have a brain like my fathers. Think about it… it's not really possible to create an 'O' with these pipes -- the last piece can't screw into the first. It just can't. So, what do you do? You have to screw in the last piece into the 2nd to last piece as far as you possibly can (like, really far). Then, connect the last piece with the first piece -- you can screw the last piece into the first now because you over-screwed the last to the 2nd to last. Get it? It's quite hard to explain, but if anyone needs help in tackling this project, just give me a shout :)

8. Get wood tops for the counter and shelves! We have yet to do this and are yet to figure out how to get this to Chicago so that we can put it to good use! Once it's here and in use, I'll be sure to update. Love our DIY projects -- makes us excited to move home and tackle a house with A+S!