The PANYL crew was quite keen to build a mini-bar that could facilitate partying over the holidays. What better excuse to turn yet more flatpack furniture into nifty storage solutions? So here is our version of an IKEA Expedit wine bar with some dynamic proportions. Cheers!! Skål! 干杯! На здоровье! Santé! Salud! And HAPPY NEW YEAR!
*UPDATE: New photos all the way at the bottom*
- IKEA EXPEDIT 2x2 bookcase
- IKEA EXPEDIT 5x1 bookcase
- IKEA EXPEDIT desktop extension
- Undercabinet Stemware Rack
- (2) J.K. Adams Wine Bottle Racks
- Aluminum channel
- Plastic speaker port liner
- Brass drawer pulls
- Rigid casters
- 1" x 2" pine blocks
Background on the Design
I chose EXPEDIT because of its modular design and the ability to wall-mount it. I was going for asymmetric lines, so I used one Expedit 2x2 ($39) and one Expedit 1x5 ($59). (The numbers refer to the cubby layout of these pre-fab storage workhorses. As if anyone didn’t already know that, given the big part they play in the global tchochke-storage infrastructure.)
The idea was to mount the long 5x1 Expedit (73” wide) on the wall, flush with the top of the 2x2, to make a narrow, suspended, horizontal “L”.
I had envisioned a raised station for tending bar or serving snacks. For this I used an EXPEDIT Desk add-on ($50) also shaped into an upside-down "L" to arch over the wall-mounted section. Eventually I decided to make the station roll the length of the bar with wheels on an inset aluminum guide track. It would be a functional, rolling caddy of sorts, but would also take on multiple looks depending on where it was positioned.
I cut a 1” wide by 1" deep groove across the top of both bookcases. If you've ever done open-heart surgery on various IKEA integrated panels, you know the cardboard honeycomb. Since the cells are small you can peel it out pretty accurately by hand.
I installed a 100” length of aluminum c-track from Home Depot into the groove. ($11 for 1” x 96”, plus an additional 4” piece). Since most of the EXPEDIT panels are too hollow to screw into, I fixed a few 1”x 2” pine blocks every couple of feet along the inside of channels to have something to glue the track to.
I positioned the track so there'd be an unobstructed 4” lane along the back of the bar-top for bar-top bottle display.
I cut the Expedit desktop into a 31” x 12” top section and a 31” x 33” vertical section. I fashioned a recess at the base of the vertical panel and another in the underside of the top piece, for the inset wheels in Step 3.
I joined the two cut desktop pieces at the same corner as in the standard assembly.
Image set 1 - L-R: Using a jigsaw to pierce the top skin of the EXPEDIT; honeycombe paper snake removed from the groove on the bartop; the finished groove crosses the edge that will butt up against the wall-mounted section, but not on the other side, which will be seen.
I scooped out enough honeycomb from the open, bottom edge of the 33" desk panel to have room for some 1” x 2” pine blocks.*
Then I used Gorilla Glue to attach the blocks to the inside walls, adjusting the depth before the glue dried. I wanted to get the casters touching the floor without being seen.
*NOTE: Exact measurements for these blocking steps depends on the size and type of blocking materials, casters, track , etc.. But it's an important step in getting the casters to fit and make proper contact with the metal track and the floor.
Image set 2a - L-R: Groove underneath the top rolling platform, blocking the long, bartop-groove; casters on underside of top rolling platform.
Image set 2b - L-R: Recess at base of front rolling panel; wheel assembly; fastening wheel assembly to the inset pine blocks.
The FUN PART
Since this was to be a wine bar, it needed ice for chilling whites. I guess the last Expedit Speaker Hack was still fresh in my mind, because when I cut a hole through the top shell of the 2x2 unit into the compartment below, I automatically thought to line the hole with a 4” round, plastic speaker port ($6).
A last-minute idea was to turn an Expedit door insert on its side, letting the door swing downwards. This made it a snap to slide an ice bucket in and out. It ended up being a surprisingly effective and ergonomic chilling station. (Though we’ll reserve judgment of this particular hack-toid since we all know water and IKEA don’t usually mix.)
Recess at base of front rolling panel; wheel assembly; fastening wheel assembly to the inset pine blocks.
For the finishing touches I added two J.K. Adams 9-Bottle wine racks ($25 each). They fit almost perfectly into the Expedit’s square. I had to knock them in with a rubber mallet after lightly sanding the outside edges.
Since they come unfinished, I sprayed ours black. Same with the under-cabinet stemware rack from The Container Store ($30), which I painted and then Gorilla Glued to the ceiling of the Expedit compartment.
STEP 7 - PANYL IT!
I thought Rosewood PANYL would look great with the Black-Brown EXPEDIT finish. I also had fun looking at an amazing sale selection of door and drawer pulls at Anthropologie. I got these brass pulls for $2.99.
EXPEDIT Shelves &Desk - $150
Aluminum Track, Casters, Wood - $40
Speaker Port - $6
J.K. Adams Wine Racks - $54
Container Store Stemware Rack - $30
Anthropology Pulls - $15
PANYL - $35
TOTAL Cost - $330 / TOTAL Time: 6 hrs
People have asked for some additional detail shots, so here you go:
View of metal channel from top left side of bar (in the foreground is the top of the 2x2 Expedit)
Top view looking down into ice chiller
Close up of top surace with sliding door in track.
Close up of door fronts with ROSEWOOD PANYL.