Repurpose Design Series #2 – Mini Bar

Repurpose Design Series #2 – Mini Bar

Ready for round 2 of The Repurpose Design Series?! Last time around I repurposed this ugly old table for my living room! If you missed, see it here!


This time I went into my project knowing what I was looking for! I wanted to do something for our patio. This time of year we are outside way more than we’re inside. Our patio becomes our main living space and for me personally, functionality is just as important as style and décor!


We have a big outdoor farm table for eating, a cozy space for lounging, a bistro set for morning coffee, a fire pit for roasting, etc. The one thing I’m missing is a drink station – or mini bar. I wanted a designated shaded space for setting some drinks during the summer so my kids can serve themselves while they’re outside playing all day.


I hit the flea market with my mini bar in mind. I just needed the perfect piece and I would know it when I saw it. I knew right away when I saw this old dresser, that it was the one! He was asking $22 which was over my $20 budget for this project and truly more than I would spend on it anyway. After some haggling, I was able to get him down to $18 which put me under my limit and left me walking away happy!


The whole way home I toyed with the idea of not painting it. When you think of repurposing and reinventing, you typically think of a full overhaul with a new paint job and all the works! But, I really loved the color of this piece the way it was. Especially how beat up the paint is and it’s natural distressed look. Ultimately, I decided that to repurpose and reinvent doesn’t always have to include paint, and that simply salvaging and reusing a piece is enough to qualify for this series! 🙂


 I can tell at one time it had cabinet doors that went on the front, but I actually love the exposed wood that it now shows so I decided to leave that alone as well. The top drawer has the original hardware, and the bottom drawer doesn’t. If you look closely, the bottom drawers hardware are even flipped around differently. This would NEVER fly inside my house. But for whatever reason, the more eclectic it is for outside, the happier I am!

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The drawers didn’t open at all and it was FILTHY. So after a good thorough scrubbing and a generous waxing of the drawers, it was good as new!

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I decided to keep the second drawer full of mini terra cotta pots so that when I’m not using it as a mini bar, I could keep it pretty and styled without any hassle. Functionality. 🙂

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The day I styled it was a warm one, so once I finished getting my pictures my kids quickly filled their glasses! They loved having the lemonade right outside where they could easily access it! And as Mom, I love that they didn’t have to track through the house to get a drink! 🙂

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What do y’all think of my little mini bar?

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Be sure to go check out the other talented bloggers that are participating in this series so you can see their projects too!!

Becky – The Other Side of Neutral

Jolia – Farm Fresh Homestead

Stephanie – The Yammering Cabin

Wendy – Life on the Shady Grove

Becky – Buckets of Burlap

Annie – Zevy Joy

Ashley – The Little Glass Jar Blog

Avery – East Egg Style Blog

So now let’s see your repurposed junk! 🙂 Follow me on Instagram and tag your projects with #salvageswagger so I can see them! We pick a winner every week and feature their project on each of our Instagrams! We will post our next project reveal in 3 weeks!! 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Repurpose Design Series #2 – Mini Bar”

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    sewprettythingsCheryl on October 28, 2015 Reply

    Love this idea for outdoor mini bar. Did you seal it since its outside?

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      thewillowfarmhouse on October 28, 2015 Reply

      I did not seal it because I have a covered back porch 🙂

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