With summer right around the corner and the weather starting to warm up, many of us will be spending more time outside with our friends and family. Building your own outdoor bar can give you the perfect place to entertain while being outside. If you are looking for a way to build the outdoor bar of your dreams, look no further!
There are many different avenues you can take while designing your own outdoor bar. You can make a bar that is more of a bar cart, so you can move it from one to another. You could build an outdoor bar that comes equipped with a refrigerator and sink. For the purposes of this blog post, I will teach you how to build a simple yet useful outdoor bar.
My favorite DIY projects are ones that can be done with recycled materials. To build this outdoor bar you’ll need:
- 3 recycled pallets
- 18 washers 1/2 in,
- 9 hex nuts 3/8
- 9 3/8 x 4 inch carriage bolts
- 1 small can polyurethane
- 40 1″ finish nails
- 9 1/4 x 3 inch wood screws
- 5 18″ x 18″ ceramic tiles (folkstone atlantic beach)
- 2 pieces Norton 9×11 ex fine sandpaper
- 1 gallon Behr deckover stain & sealer
- 2 qts premix tile adhesive & grout
- 1 sheet 3/4 inch plywood
- 3 pieces casing (wood trim) 10 ft x 3 ¼
Step 1- Clean the Pallets
Most pallets you will have will be filthy. You can clean them up with a bucket of soapy water, a sponge, and some serious muscle or you could just use a pressure washer. I recommend the pressure washer technique because it is a lot less work and I’m always down for that.
Step 2- Stain the Pallets
This step is not 100% necessary in building your own DIY bar but if you want it to look very nice, it is. You can use just about any type of stain you like but I recommended using the Behr deckover stain & sealer, just so you have an idea of what type of stain works with pallets.
Step 3- Secure Pallets Together
Take two of your pallets and nail them together. These two pallets will be the front section of your outdoor bar. Once you have these two pallets nailed together, you are going to have to cut your third pallet to fit the sides of your bar.
Step 4- Polyurethane the Top
Here is where the polyurethane comes into play. Take your trim and put the polyurethane on it. This will go on the top of the pallets to be used as the top section of your bar before you put the tiles on top. Once you have your trim polyurethaned, let it dry, and then secure it to the top of your pallets.
Step 5- Add Tiles
Next, you are going to want to put your adhesive on the top of your trim to lay the tiles. Let the tiles sit for the next 24 hours to really adhere to the trim. Once everything is all dry and set it in its place, you are going to add the grout. Add the grout around the outer layer and in between each one of the tiles.
Step 6- Test it out
Here’s the best part of building your own outdoor, pop open a beer or bottle of wine and give your bar a go! Invite some friends over and have a cookout. You can test your bar out for making margaritas or my favorite drink which of course is a mojito.
Have you made your own DIY outdoor bar? Share your story in the comments below!