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How to Make an Elegant Wine Bar in a Small Rental Kitchen

*This post has been sponsored by NewAir. However, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Sometimes I am surprised at myself when I can reconfigure my small space to add new cool features to it. I have been in the same apartment now for over 2.5 years. If you know me well, you realize this is actually a long time. I am usually in a frenzy of moving, decorating a new space, or looking for a new spot to move. Life of a twenty-something living in LA.

Now I am more grounded and settled. I have been happy that I have been able to nest in this space a bit more.

More importantly, I am now 31 so some adulting is in order. My first project to add more elegance to my space was to create a more function specific space for a wine bar! I am a total wine-o and I was thinking a wine bar upgrade was in order to really get into my thirties properly.

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I have had a little bar cart from Ikea that I received from a show I worked on for a couple years and it is the perfect size for my small irregularly shaped kitchen. I didn’t think a new bar cart was in order for the next spot I move to.

Here are some before progression photos from a wall stencil makeover I did in early 2015.

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Step 1 in adulting…

Upgrade to a NewAir wine cooler! Check.

What I fell in love with about this compressor cooler is that it has a dual temperature setting to perfectly store both white and red wine.

Did I mention that it can store up to 29 wine bottles?  The party will at my place ya’ll. 

Since I am a renter, I cannot install this unit on my countertop. I decided to let it stay freestanding in my kitchen.

The cooler is just under the height of a standard countertop for easy under-the-counter installation in your kitchen. You can even reverse the swing of the door to suit the layout of your room perfectly.

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I also really love the 2 lighting settings to add ambiance to my home. It’s perfect for movie night since my living room connects with my kitchen.

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If you aren’t following me on SnapChat you should be! My handle is @artsandclassy. I put together a little video of my experience getting this cooler and highlights from transforming my space.

Step 2 in adulting…

Making over my little bar cart. This meant grabbing a can of flat black spray paint, cardboard, contact paper, squeegee, Xacto knife, and painters tape.

This DIY project was very easy to complete and added a subtle change to the cart and made storing glasses easier. The slatted shelves made it easy for things like wine glasses to fall through.

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Doesn’t the marble contact paper look lovely? I love how it turned out. After a trip to HomeGoods, I added more cute bar decor like the gold polka dotted stemless wine glasses!

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I also found a cute “CHEERS” tray that fit the perfect dimensions of the top of the cooler from HomeGoods. I also had to add some fresh flowers to bring some more elegance to the decor.

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Step 3 in adulting…

Creating a bar art wall collage to add some personality to this blank space.

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I will be describing each piece in more DIY detail in a future blog post so stay tuned for that. Until then, this is how it turned out.

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I am really happy with how it turned out!

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All in all, very happy with this project and I LOVE my new fancier wine bar area now! Now I am happy to announce that you can enter to win a NewAir wine or beverage cooler of your own!

Starting today thru November 25th at 11:59pm PST you can participate in this amazing GIVEAWAY!

NewAir Fall Fun Giveaway!

 

Let me know what you thought of this post in the comments below!

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  • Carolann says:

    Oh my gosh! I am in love with this wine cooler and how you set everything up so perfectly! It all look so chic and elegant!

  • Susie says:

    Hey Meredith!!! Oh to be 31 again…and setting up a snazzy wine bar like this one. It looks perfect in your apartment and totally works in the space. Love it to the moon and back. Susie from Chelsea Project

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you, Susie! You are so sweet! Thanks! Trying to make the most of my rental always! I hope to bring this amazing wine bar set up to a much larger place in early 2017! As a home blogger, I am literally outgrowing my little 2 bedroom apartment.

  • Clarissa says:

    I love this!!! I have the tiniest little kitchen, lol, and this would look so fab <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  • Susie says:

    Hey Meredith!!! Oh to be 31 again…and setting up a snazzy wine bar like this one. It looks perfect in your apartment and totally works in the space. Love it to the moon and back. Susie from Chelsea Project

    • Meredith says:

      Thank you, Susie! You are so sweet! Thanks! Trying to make the most of my rental always! I hope to bring this amazing wine bar set up to a much larger place in early 2017! As a home blogger, I am literally outgrowing my little 2 bedroom apartment.

  • Clarissa says:

    I love this!!! I have the tiniest little kitchen, lol, and this would look so fab <3

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  • Carolann says:

    Oh my gosh! I am in love with this wine cooler and how you set everything up so perfectly! It all look so chic and elegant!