How to DIY a retro cocktail cabinet for your festive parties

If you’re planning to entertain over Christmas and New Year, it’s a great idea to have a cocktail cabinet as a place to serve delicious drinks to your guests. Here’s how to make your own DIY retro bar from an old display cabinet…

I’ve been oggling retro drinks cabinets on Pinterest for ages. I love teak wood and those angled legs but I’ve never been lucky enough to stumble upon an old cocktail cabinet at a car boot sale or junk shop. But this month I thought to myself, why can’t I just DIY one? That’s how most of my projects start – just give it a go and see what happens!

Here’s the before and after

I’m so chuffed with how this cocktail cabinet project turned out. I used an old bookcase that had been sitting outside in the shed for a while (storing all my paint etc!) and cut it down to size. I’ve shared the step-by-step guide to making a retro cocktail cabinet on the Safestore blog this month so hop over there to see just how easy this project was.

Seeing as it’s Christmas, I wanted a super-glitzy cabinet full of gold and silver, but you could use bright pops of colour, or classy monochrome hues instead. However, I went for it big time by spray painting an old soda syphon in gold too!

I added my brushed gold cocktail mixing kit from so that all of my accessories matched the gold and silver theme. I just need to stock up on some more drinks (and check out some recipes!) and I’ll be ready to host a new years eve party and to welcome unexpected guests over the festive period.

What do you think of my upcycle? Have you created something similar? Or do you already have a cocktail cabinet ready for Christmas parties? Let me know in the comments below and I’d love to hear your festive cocktail recipes!



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

4 thoughts on “How to DIY a retro cocktail cabinet for your festive parties

  1. Hi Anna, thanks for your message. It has been upcycled into a shelving unit in my husband’s studio now, so unfortunately not! Sorry about that πŸ™‚

  2. WOW this looks amazing! doesnt even look like the same piece of furniture and the cocktail pieces inside really show it off

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