December 5, 2012

Hello Hello!  It’s been awhile. Things have been super busy in my neck of the woods. HOLIDAYS!!! Ahh.

Here’s a small project that I worked on that made a HUGE impact on our life. When we first moved into our house, I put all of our liquor in the cabinet above our oven. It was fine for awhile and then I got frustrated because the cabinet is higher than eye level so it was hard for me to see what we had. I was pleased that everything fit, but I didn’t quite know what I had and how much booze was in each bottle. Also…the oven made my booze warm. NO LIKE.

I decided to turn this small/awkward corner closet in our dining room into our Bar Closet. I’ve wanted a bar cart for awhile but realized it would be super impractical with a kid in our household. I figured it would be good if our alcohol was not out in plan sight. I can mask my boozy ways if I have to. Hehe. So, let’s get started.

I cleaned it out and began!

Here’s the AFTER. As you can see, it’s now possible for me to know what I’ve got in our loot.

Casey asked me if I separated the alcohol by type. My answer is NO. I didn’t like the idea of bottles being different sizes in each section. As you can see I organized things by height. I did place my gin in the center of the bottom shelf because I can see it RIGHT AWAY. I think it’s visually pleasing this way. It appeals to my high straightenence tendencies.

The cool thing about having enough room for a bar closet it is this nice shelf dedicated to mixers!

I can easily see what I need to add when I need to go on a beverage run.

And there’s a little section I have for bitters, tools, garnishes & small bottles of alcohol I wanted to try but wasn’t ready to commit to a big bottle….

Now…what would you like to drink?

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19 comments on “ORGANIZED: Bar Closet

  1. Aeshna Dec 5, 2012


  2. Love it, that awkward closet was MEANT to hold alcohol. I loved the maple bourbon ciders you made last year. I sipped those when holiday stress was getting to me and magically felt better. This year I’m preggo so it’s just a maple cider for me!

  3. I JUST bought a bar cart this weekend! Hard part: deciding what cute things I need to put on it, oh what a problem to have!

  4. Margaret Dec 5, 2012

    oh man I love this… we sadly don’t have a free closet OR space for a cart right now, but this is right up my alley. nice. do you have space for a little table to hold a cutting board for limes and stuff? maybe an ice bucket?

  5. Christina Dec 5, 2012

    I see you have a bottle of St Germain, best booze EVER! Have you tried it with prosecco? Superamazeballs!

    • Shanna Dec 6, 2012

      We just got a bottle of St. Germain. It is super tasty, but I wanted to try different cocktails with it. Mixing it with prosecco sounds amazing!! Thanks for the idea!

  6. What a completely appealing bar! You’re making me want to go out and get a whole bunch of supplemental bottles of liquor to round out our current fairly minimal situation. :)

  7. Now we just need to know what everything in your bar is!

  8. Yay! What a great use of space. I’ll have a gin and ginger please!

  9. Kerri Wilson Dec 5, 2012

    Please run to the store and buy yourself a bottle of St Germaine to go in there. The bottle is beautiful and it will go really well with the Hendricks and delicious tonic water that you have in there. Wow- I’m thirsty…

    • Tracy Dec 6, 2012

      There’s a small bottle of it in our cabinet! It’s right next to the tools 😉

  10. Stephanie C. Dec 7, 2012

    I wish I had the space to do just that. Those shelves look just perfect for a “bar like closet.” By the way I bought that Kraken rum for the theme value and was delightfully surprised. It’s waaay too smooth and delicious. Beware.

  11. Havana Club!! Yes please!

  12. Remind me the next time I come to wallpaper your bar closet in a black & White stripe paper, or leopard print, mirror the backs of the shelves and have Casey make a shelf the width and shape of closet that you can cut on for garnishes and display your decanter, Reidel’s, etc. I saw this exact same idea at the Kips Bay Showhouse in NYC about 5 years ago. I never forgot it, it was so stunning! Closets make fabulous bars. We need lighting too! Love from your MIL

    • Tracy Dec 8, 2012

      Oh my word! I can’t wait to see it wallpapered!!!!! We’re going to add more shelves in there soon!

  13. Katya Dec 10, 2012

    I absolutely love this. I wish I had a closet so I can put all my booze in, but until that happens, a cart will be purchased. (Any day now). Oh, the dream!! You are an inspiration!!

  14. Love love love this :)

  15. We currently have our bar out on the counter because I let my husband decide when we moved into this place. This post has inspired me to clear out a shelf in the pantry. Because it’s seriously taking over our counter at current. I love the idea of a bar closet. Someday, maybe. Love this, love this blog project and I like you a heck of a lot you, too! Happy New Year.

  16. BECA Hawkette Jan 24, 2013

    St. Germaine, Absolute Pear, and a splash of pineapple juice!

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