Custom Cocktails

A few years back, my parents rescued an old phonograph from an elderly family member’s house. Phonograph? Huh? Check it out. (Hard to think that this was the cutting edge at one point.)


It’s a well-made, free-standing piece of furniture. And while the insides are shot after years on the back porch, the wooden housing is surprisingly solid. Wouldn’t it be so cool if we could turn this into a mini bar? What you can’t see from the photo is that the top is a hinged lid that opens to reveal the (no longer operational) phonograph ‘technology.’ The machine itself sits on an inner shelf, about 12 inches down. The double doors at the bottom open up to storage.

I’d love to refinish the piece to remove the machine parts and use the recessed shelf on top to store liquor bottles. We could also use the bottom shelves to store glass and barware. It’d be especially useful in a small space, like, say, our apartment.

NOTE: My use of the pro-noun may be misleading. I am not handy enough to do any of this work myself (which is why it’s still not finished these years later). I’m lucky enough to have a few good resources on tap to help with the project.

What do you think? Do you have a cool home bar?