Breakfast bar additions on half walls allow homeowners to use space in the kitchen area that would otherwise be wasted. Installing a breakfast bar creates a permanent sitting space for individuals to sit down and enjoy breakfast together without having to use a large area of the kitchen to place a table. With some handyman skills and proper measuring, a breakfast bar can be installed in a timely and stress free manner.
Cut the 1.2 m by 2.4 m (4 foot by 8 foot) sheet of particle board directly in half to form two 60 cm by 2.4 m (2 foot by 8 foot) sections using the table saw. This will allow you to create a breakfast bar with a 60 cm (24 inch) depth.
Measure the length of the half wall where you intend to install the breakfast bar.
Cut the two 60 cm by 2.4 m (2 foot by 8 foot) sections of particle board to the length of the wall using the table saw.
Center one particle board section on top of the half wall. Drive two nails every 30 cm (12 inches) in the centre of the particle board along the length of the wall. This joins the particle board to the wall for a strong hold.
Apply a thick layer of liquid nails over the entire surface of the particle board and press the second particle board section directly on top.
Cut one section of laminate to the size of the particle board. Cut two additional sections to the length of the bar counter by 2.5 cm (1 inch) tall. Cut one additional piece of laminate to 2.5 cm (1 inch) tall and 60 cm (24 inches) wide. Use a sharp laminate cutter to cut all sections slowly to avoid cracking the sheet.
Apply laminate glue to the top of the particle board and lay on the laminate section cut to the particle board size. Align all edges of the laminate with the edges of the particle board.
Apply laminate glue to the two long edges of the particle board and press one laminate strip cut 2.5 cm (1 inch) by the length of the bar along each edge.
Apply laminate glue to the end of the bar and press on the laminate section cut 2.5 cm by 60 cm (1 inch by 24 inches). Allow glue to set before using.
Things you need
- One 1.2 m by 2.4 m (4 foot by 8 foot) sheet 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) particle board
- Table saw
- Tape measure
- Liquid nail
- One 1.2 m by 2.4 m (4 foot by 8 foot) sheet laminate
- Laminate cutters
- Laminate adhesive
- One box 12.5 cm (5 inch) nails