Secretary repurposed into a liquor cabinet.

Ideas For Liquor Cabinets

Thinking of ideas for liquor cabinets? Well, I have a couple of solutions that might help with that, since I just solved that problem in our house. Sometimes is just a matter of shifting things around and I’m great at moving stuff from one place to another.

This cute curio cabinet became a liquor cabinet a few years ago after a fresh coat of paint. It has adjustable shelves and takes up minimal space in the kitchen. Now the curio cabinet is moving to another room so I can better utilize this area.


Curio cabinet repurposed as a liquor cabinet.


As usual I like to rearrange and change things while the husband is out of town. When he returned from a recent trip and spied the empty shelves, he was horror stuck. Not to worry, I didn’t let him suffer and showed him the new liquor cabinet.


Secretary repurposed into a liquor cabinet.


Turns out the secretary is a convenient place for storage, and I really like the look of the bottles and glassware on the shelves.

We can even use this as an impromptu bar, but I think most of our bartending will remain in the kitchen.



For now I shifted the books to the top shelf but those may find a new home, we’ll see. You may recognize the secretary from a recent post, How To Update Furniture With Liming Wax. Be sure to click over to see the before photos.

Our first home had a built in bar, but in other homes we had to come up with different solutions. Here are a few ideas for liquor cabinets that work well for display or storage. Think of it as repurposing what you might already have.

Ideas For Liquor Cabinets and storage

  • Vintage China Cabinet
  • Armoire
  • Console Cabinet
  • Bakers Rack
  • Open Wall Shelves
  • Book Shelves
  • Bar Cart



Peonies in a silver pitcher.


Once you have a liquor cabinet you might need a list of what to keep on hand. Here are a few basic suggestions to get started. Of course there’s nothing wrong with stocking it with what you enjoy most.

What To Stock In Your Liquor Cabinet

  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Tequila
  • Bourbon
  • Whisky
  • Rye Whiskey
  • Vermouth
  • Bitters
  • Tonic Water
  • Club Soda
  • Simple Syrup


A liquor cabinet is also a good spot for storing those bartending tools. I like this bartending set.

  • Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer
  • Mixing Glass
  • Muddler

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Ideas for liquor cabinets.


Thank you so much for stopping by today. By the way, what’s your favorite cocktail? I would love to hear from you.



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6 thoughts on “Ideas For Liquor Cabinets

  1. Leanna - Of Faeries and Fauna says:

    One of the things I enjoy about being an empty nester is having a wide collection of liquor. We don’t drink often but its nice to have a wonderful selection. Ours is in the bottom of the pantry, this is a beautiful idea. Thank you.

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