View Full Version : Help Me Design My Whisky Bar!
I have been a scotch drinker for roughly ten years and have made many trips to Scotland to help develop my knowledge. The trips were actually for work but when you also get to learn about something you like, you overlook the work part!
I recently visited the house of our wine club leader and was very impressed with his wine storage closet. I was roughly 6' x 7', climate controlled and held several hundred bottles. Since I enjoy whisky a lot more than I enjoy wine, I became motivated to expand my wet bar to include a whisky display. The pictures below show my current wet bar. My plan is to build an extension to the bar on the wall to the left. Instead of just having the bar on that back wall, have it turn 90 degrees and cover that blank wall also. (The wall with the picture).
Now for the fun part. I would like feedback and tips from fellow whisky enthusiasts to help me design this display/whisky bar. I will do most of the work myself and I will document the project and post it in this forum. You will get to help design it and see it some to life.
Now for the specs (I may even rip the current wet bar out and start over instead of just adding on):
1) Lighted areas to highlight some of the nicer selections
2) Modify the sink area to include filtered water, rotate the sink
3) Glass doors covering the storage areas for additional aesthetics
5) Counter space for tastings
6) Maybe a built in ice sink with a drain to hold opened white wine
7) Upright and tilted storage for other liquors
8) Lots of accent lighting
9) A way to lock or hide the really nice stuff but also be able to display it with minimal effort
1) Since all of the cabinets in house are white I really need to stay with that style. I would like dark wood, but my wife retained one veto item and that was it.
2) The new cabinet can't be any deeper than 20". I want to keep 4' of walk way to the next room.
Budget isn't much of an issue. Since I will build the cabinets myself, you can get really fancy and it is still cheap.
I look forward to the ideas and can't wait to get started!
Click on the pictures to magnify them.
Here is a kitchen project that I completed over the winter. I did all the work myself (including building the cabinets) except for the tile and counter. This will give you some idea of my skill level so hopefully you won't hold back on the design touches.
My other passion is fishing!
05-15-2013, 06:52 AM
This looks to be a fun project and the only suggestion I have yet is to use high CRI LED lighting of no cooler than 4500k and better yet, maybe in the 3000k range for nice incandescent looking light that you can put anywhere you want, including spotlighting.
05-15-2013, 01:48 PM
Ditch the wine! Taking prime real estate for scotch.:p
05-15-2013, 07:30 PM
A friend of mine (bourbon drinker) recently built a display for some
of his stash - link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/38921060@N08/sets/72157627948185264/with/8359155921/). Perhaps you can get a few ideas from those
He has quite an inventory there.
I would ditch the wine, but we have a few big parties a year that will empty that rack so I have to keep some space handy!
Here is the first attempt at a layout. When looking at the pictures above, this is on the blank wall. On the upper cabinets, I will make a corner transition to meet up with the current cabinets. The lowers will just meet at a right angle and I would put the sink at a 45 degree angle where the two bottom cabinets meet.
I think I came up with a good way to lock up the top shelf stuff. If you are familiar with a Lawyer bookcase, it has glass doors that flip up and push into the bookcase. I could do that here; normally closed but flip it up and hide the door when you have company. Having it closed would keep the UV light out also.
All lighting would be LED's as suggested.
Hopefully this will cultivate some discussion.
Proof of concept from a low level design software
Demo on the uppers is done. Tomorrow I will build the upper units and I will have them in place by the end of the weekend. Then I will remove the granite and start on the lowers.
I almost finished the uppers! I really thought I would have finished the uppers this week especially after the progress I made Saturday. The first picture is the end of the day Saturday, the second is after an hour Sunday morning, then the rest are from a little while ago. The trim took forever but at least I have that part finished. All I have left to do is build the bottom shelf, then shelves for the cabinets. The top shelf (pictured) will have a glass top and will be lit from under the bottles. I put an LED string up there just to see what kind of light I would have.
Here is the update for tonight. I couldn't wait and had to install some of the lights. The new cabinets will have lights in them since they will have glass doors (the old ones won't lights and will have solid doors). I still have to install more up top and lights in the left cabinet. Since I will have to remove them to paint, I probably won't install those until the end.
It was a late night but I finished the lower cabinets and I am pleased with the results so far. Tonight I will build some test doors for the flip ups and hopefully get the doors ordered this week. In the past I have built the doors and drawer fronts but have found a place online that does an excellent job building doors to your dimensions. Once the doors are in, I will paint everything at once (I use an airless sprayer). After the doors are ordered, I will get the granite on order.
05-30-2013, 07:23 PM
Nice job. Thanks for sharing its progress.
No pictures (nothing really to see) but here is the update for the week.
I have completed the shelves and have them stacked in the garage. I also order the doors on Thursday, it looks like it could take 3 weeks to get them. I removed the tile under the current cabinets and will remove the granite this week. You really can't see in the picture, but I used my grinder with a diamond blade to notch the granite so I could attach the bottom cabinet. I also did a test fit on the flip up doors to make sure I ordered the correct sizes.
I am basically at a standstill until the doors arrive. Once they are in, I will spray everything and hang the doors. Tomorrow I will start looking for someone to install the granite and new tile.
I will make the next post once the doors come in or when the granite is installed.
A quick picture update after all. I have removed the granite and tile backsplash and replaced some of the sheetrock that was destroyed in the process. I need to throw on another coat of mud and I will be ready for granite and tile. The guy is coming over on Thursday to make the template for the granite.
The doors are scheduled to arrive the first week of July and I had planned to paint everything at once. The cabinets will be easier to paint without the tile and granite so I may bite the bullet and paint them instead of waiting on the doors.
The cabinets are primed. Sorry the pictures aren't great, but with the room tented with plastic sheeting, it is hard to get a good shot. Hopefully the top coats will done by Friday.
It was a late night last night but I sprayed the FINAL two top coats on the cabinets. Tonight I installed the lights and I am officially finished with everything I can do until the granite and doors arrive. The granite will be here Monday and the doors are scheduled for the end of the month. This weekend I plan to paint the walls in that area.
Later tonight I will take a picture with the cabinet lights on.
Here is the shot with the bar lights on....the cabinets that are lit will have glass doors.
It is late but I had to post an update. Because of a granite screw-up, the tile didn't get grouted but the tile and granite are installed. Hopefully the grouting will be complete by Thursday.
This will probably be the last pictures I post for a few weeks because I am finished and waiting on the doors to arrive. I even put everything back in the cabinets so I could finish painting the rest of the room. The next update will include a picture of the finished product and a wee dram of scotch to celebrate!
This looks GREAT! Thank you for sharing with all of us :D
The doors finally arrived on Tuesday and I painted and installed them this week. I dropped three doors off to have glass installed and they should be ready by Monday.
I also added filtered water to the bar.
With great pleasure, I declare this project finished!!!! I installed the three doors with glass panels tonight and I am finished with this project. It really was a pretty easy project and I am very pleased with the results. Also, a big thank you to everyone that complimented me on the project.
I was trying to decide which whisky would be appropriate for a toast and decided on the 16 yo Scapa. Scapa is an Island scotch with a good story behind it and I felt the three guys that struggle daily to keep that distillery alive deserved to christen the bar.
vBulletin® v3.8.7, Copyright ©2000-2013, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.