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How to Install a Custom Wet Bar

A custom wet bar can add value to your home. Learn how to install your own wet bar with these easy steps.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Prepare to Install the Bar

Measure the back wall of the bar; make marks where the cabinets will sit. Set the smaller side cabinet into the corner of the space.

Hold the cabinet while a friend drills a pilot hole for the pluming. Cut the plumbing hole out of the cabinet with a jigsaw.

Step 2: Mount the Cabinets

Lift the center cabinet and set it over the pluming fixtures (Image 1). Set the other side cabinet next to the center.

Quick clamp the side and center cabinets together, making sure the faces of the cabinets are flush (Image 2).

Step 3: Attach the Cabinets Together

Drill a pilot hole where you will attach the cabinets together. Then drill a screw into the hole (Image 1). Repeat this for each cabinet screwing together the fronts and backs, preserving the gap at the backs of the cabinets (Image 2).

Tip: Rubbing bar soap onto the screw will keep the screw from splitting the wood on your cabinets.

Step 4: Level the Cabinets

Check for plumb and level, using shims to level the cabinets (Image 1). Find the studs and secure the cabinets to the wall (Image 2).

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  • Kitchen cabinets from Home Clearance Center

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