If you have dreamed of an outdoor bar in your garden, this is the DIY for you. We think now is a better time than ever to get an at home bar set up – not like we have any actual bars to go to at the moment do we? And if you are thinking, ‘come on, who has the budget to build a bar at home?’ well, this DIY bar is basically FREE! All you will need is an old pallet, some paint and of course the gin to stock it up with!
This DIY comes from our Art Editor, Emily, who has been doing up her garden during lockdown and the results are amazing! Follow her on Instagram at @emilysmith30 to see the big garden reveal and keep scrolling to see how she turned an old pallet into her personal gin bar!
For more garden design ideas head over to our feature.
You will need:
Step one: resize your pallet
You can pick up a pallet from DIY stores, building sites and even skips, if you ask nicely you can usually get them for free too.
‘First I got my hands on some pallets. Harder than you imagine at the moment but my husband got me a large pallet. So I just cut it in half after the centre support.
I removed all the old nails from the leftover wood and used these to make the base of the shelves . I measured and marked up the wood and cut them down to size and used large nails to secure them in place. (It always helps to have a sharp saw not a blunt one like I used).’
Step two: paint your outdoor bar
‘Then using the black fence paint we had left over I painted the pallet shelf to match the rest of the garden wall.’
Step three: attach your outdoor bar to the wall
‘We have an old concrete garage so we used a Diall Countersunk Hammer fixing to attach the bar to the wall. But please what the right fixing is for your project.’
Step four: decorate your bar
Bring the whole look together by adding prints, glasses, straws and of course, gin! Oh and check out our gin cocktail recipes for inspiration of what you can create in your new at home bar.