Constructing a wet bar in your kitchen adds functionality where space and access to water is available.
Step 1: Location
Find an area in your kitchen where you would like to install a wet bar. The space available will dictate how large a pre-built freestanding kitchen cabinet you can acquire. Oftentimes space is left at the end of a long kitchen cabinet to set up a dishwasher. If this space is available, it may work as a wet bar. Some kitchen designs also include cut outs or alcoves for small dining areas or side tables. Once you have examined your options, you can begin the design.
Step 2: Water Supply
While there are a number of components that can enhance your wet bar, water delivery is the main function. Make sure you locate your bar where you can easily run or tap into an existing water supply. Tap into the nearest water supply to make your connection. Make sure you provide for both hot and cold delivery along with drainage issues.
Step 3: Purchase Your Cabinet
Buy a ready-made, freestanding kitchen cabinet set up according to your space requirements from your local home improvement center. Make sure there is enough space underneath to accommodate plumbing like hot and water pipes as well as drain piping. Also secure a countertop choosing whatever material suits your taste such as granite slabs, tiles, wood, Formica or any other water-resistant material. Make sure to acquire the necessary plumbing materials and fixtures like a sink and faucets.
Step 4: Install the Cabinet
Install your pre-made cabinet once you have all water connections in place. Using a pencil and level, mark a parallel line across the wall about 3 inches up from the floor. Measure the distance between this line and the floor and write it down. Now measure up 34.5 inches and mark a level line at this point across the wall to locate the top of the cabinets.
Step 5: Temp Rail
Install a 1x3 as a temporary support rail by screwing it into a found wall stud.
Step 6: Level the Cabinet and Attach to the Wall
Use wood shims under the bottom of the cabinet until you obtain a level sitting. Attach the cabinet to the wall studs using a drill and wood screws. Trim the wood shims to provide a clean appearance. Remove the temporary support rail.
Step 7: Install the Countertop and Sink
After installing the countertops mark off areas for the sink and faucet holes, if necessary. Use a paper template working with stone or granite. If tiling, also cut pieces for a backboard. Once the countertop is installed and holes cut, place the sink in the top. Make all connections.
Step 8: Painting
Stain or paint the cabinet if acquiring an unfinished item. Make sure to clean the countertop and sink of any excessive grout, adhesive or putty before setting your selected bar items like glasses, small wine racks, bottle opener or other items on top.