DIY Beverage Station

Posted by: on February 18th, 2014 | 11 Comments
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DIY Beverage Station


Having a beverage station in place goes a long way toward turning a basement or family room into a space for easy entertaining. 

Carmel Phillips of Our Fifth House wanted a place to serve drinks and snacks in her basement. She came up with an easy-to-build DIY beverage station just using a couple of inexpensive cabinets and a small beverage cooler. 

Take a look at how she built it, and then start making plans to put a similar beverage station in your home.

We spend a great deal of family time in our basement, and we also do a lot of casual entertaining down there. It’s where the “big” TV lives, so friends and family gather here to watch sports quite often. One thing we were lacking was a place not only to set up a buffet area while we’re entertaining, but also to store all of the stuff we need when we’re hosting a casual gathering. Going up and down the stairs multiple times to grab items from the kitchen is good exercise, but I’d rather watch basketball players get sweaty than actually get sweaty myself on a game night.

What we really needed was a beverage station that could store all of the party supplies and also function as a buffet area for serving. 


Blank wall suitable for DIY beverage station


I had the perfect blank wall to create one.


Cabinets and cooler to use in DIY beverage station


I went to The Home Depot and purchased two 18 inch base cabinets and a 17 inch beverage cooler to use as a base.


Preparing the space for a DIY beverage station


I started by removing the baseboard and cutting it down to size to fit the cabinets flush against the wall.


Creating countertop for DIY beverage station


After sanding the cabinets and painting them white, I cut a flat piece of trim moulding and used wood glue to hold it in place in order to make up the vertical space difference between the cabinets and the beverage cooler.


Creating countertop for DIY beverage station


For the counter top, I had a 3/4 inch oak project panel. I had an associate at The Home Depot cut down to size, which saved me some work!


Adding moulding to a DIY beverage station


I also picked up some decorative door trim moulding to use around the counter top edges to give it a more finished look.

I added the trim moulding around the edges with wood glue.


Cutting moulding for a DIY beverage station


In order to create a rounded corner, I used a hand saw and miter box to cut little wedges.


Placing the moulding in the miter box vertically I cut the trim at angle.


Cutting moulding for a DIY beverage station


Then I cut it at the opposite angle.


Adding moulding to a DIY beverage station


I attached the little wedge with wood glue.

Then once the glue was dry, I caulked, sanded and painted. I painted the moulding edge with solid black paint, and for the counter top I mixed a little water with black paint to create the look of a stain. Once it was dry, I added a few coats of polycrylic to protect the surface.


Adding power cord hole to DIY beverage station


Because the outlet is at the bottom of the wall and I wanted to be able to plug in a Keurig machine (we’re big coffee lovers), I used a 3/4 inch flat wood boring bit  at the back to create a little hole for the cord to go through.


DIY beverage station with cabinet hardware


Then I added some Martha Stewart cabinet hardware and called this whole project done!


DIY Beverage Station


I used the left over piece of wood from having the counter top cut to size to make an Instagram display board.


DIY Beverage Station


I also added a chalkboard to write fun messages for parties.

It’s leaning against the wall instead of hung in order to hide the cord cut out on the back of the counter.


DIY Beverage Station


Now we have the perfect spot to set up a beverage/serving station when we’re entertaining! Plus we’ve got lots of concealed, organized storage for all of the party essentials–plates, napkins, cups–it’s all here. No more running up and down the stairs a million times for supplies! So glad to start the year off with a little organization and storage project that will definitely make life a little sweeter around here, and it doesn’t hurt to get it done just in time for some college hoops!

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Browse our Storage and Organization Department for everything you need to get your home organized. 

Carmel did this project for The Home Depot’s Store More, Save More event. She received a Home Depot gift card, but the ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

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  1. leigh says:

    I want to do this in our basement but some of these beverage fridges say to not put them into built ins or put cabinets around them. Just curious have you had any issues? If not I’m going to do it because the fridges that say are for undercabinet use are way out of my budget.

  2. Great project! We have a beverage cooler that I’d like to fit into a built in – just like this. Then you have drinks and glasses all in one place.

    Looks really great Carmel :-)

  3. Such a clever and stylish idea! Love it!

  4. This looks amazing Carmel!!!! I love the bold look. It’s so functional and decorative. It looks great.

  5. Chelsea says:

    What a great idea! Such a custom look – beautiful!

  6. Cynthia says:

    Carmel always has such great, reasonable ideas that most people can do for themselves in their own homes. A winner again!

  7. Jenna says:

    Wow!! Carmel, this looks amazing! And so functional!!! I want one too! I’ll be waiting impatiently for you to come on over and build me one! haha!

  8. Awesome job! I love the custom look of it. What a great addition to an already amazing entertaining space:)

  9. I love this beverage station!! So pretty & functional! The chalkboard art is awesome too!

  10. This is such a great idea and looks like I could actually do it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    XO, Aimee

  11. Love it! Carmel did a fantastic job as usual!