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DIY tabletop bar

A couple weeks ago I found an old log holder left for trash. Immediately, I knew it needed a second life. Moments earlier I had been contemplating how to build a bar set-up in our small, kid crazed house. I love the gorgeous look of bar carts, but know that we don’t have the room for one, and that the twins would quickly knock it over. A tabletop bar, on the other hand, doesn’t take up any floor room and is high above the race track in our home. It is perfect.

To make the tabletop bar; first I cleaned and painted the log holder a deep pink. You can find them in abundance at thrift stores and yard sales, so keep your eyes open for one. I fitted a piece of wood for the bottom, covered it and screwed it in from the bottom along the long connecting strip.

Next, I attached two stretch ropes to the top. I used hot glue to do this and mine are hanging steadily a couple weeks later. To be extra safe you could also screw these into the inward facing sides. Hang your glasses from the top and place your bar necessities on the bottom for a pretty, modern bar that will leave your floor clear for pets, kids, or that clumsy friend.

PS. My favorite drink.


  • Corrie Anne
    September 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I love it !! What a great idea for repurposing!

  • Brett Bralley Jaillet
    September 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Great idea! We don’t have room for a bar cart either, and if we did, our crazy puppy would find a way to knock it over. Wonderful inspiration for those with tiny spaces.

  • kristen
    September 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

    you are so much stinkin fun.

  • how2home
    September 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Love this! Recycling is the best way to go and it looks so adorable with the hot pink! Great choice of color :)

  • Alison
    September 5, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What a clever idea! Would love to try something like this.


  • Lena
    September 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This is positively genius!

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  • Performance Power Tools
    September 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

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  • rebecca
    September 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    ,,,well you’re a woman with a vision if i do say myself. i would have looked at that and said to self; “i don’t blame them for throwing that piece of s*&t out”, and then moved on. i like your idea, it works!,,,

  • Jordana @ White Cabana
    September 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Wow! Now this is an impressive and creative DIY! Would never have crossed my mind to make a bar out of a log holder.

  • Nihna
    September 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Great project! Love the colors.


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