The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means more outdoor time! While we’re not sure what these next few months may look like for entertaining, it’s still nice to have some fun outdoor amenities. If you’ve thought about sprucing up your outdoor entertaining area, what better way than by making your own backyard bar? Whatever your beverages of choice, this easy DIY project will give you plenty of options for your outside, or even inside, lifestyle. Take a look!
The $600 Inspiration
I found this inspiration piece floating around the internet and it got me thinking it would be perfect addition for our own home. But, the $600 price tag was way too much for our budget and I was confident I could make it for a fraction of the cost.
When thinking about how I wanted to build this backyard bar, I wanted to keep it simple; so I kept the steps relatively short using straight cuts.
**Follow all guidelines and safety when using power tools. Be sure to protect your eyes, ears, mouth and nose around power tools, saw dust, and paints/stain.**
The Supply List
- Solid wood board 1” x 16” x 3’ (I’m using a teak project panel I found at Lowe’s, but any wood will do)
- (2) 2” x 4” x 8′ studs
- (8) 1” x 4″ x 8′ boards
- 1.75” wood screws (my favorite are Power Pro #8 exterior screws)
- 1.5″ finish screws
- 4 wheels (these are optional, but adding them can give you an outdoor AND indoor bar!)
- 100 grit and 220 grit sand paper
- Exterior paint or stain
Let’s Build a Backyard Bar!
To make the legs, I started out by cutting (4) 2” x4” into 38.5” pieces.
**NOTE: To make painting or staining easier, I would recommend doing it after you’ve made all of your cuts. It also makes it easier to use a paint sprayer for all the difficult nooks and crannies that might pop up. If you wait until it’s all assembled, it may be difficult to get paint or stain in all the areas evenly.**
I then cut (6) 2” x 4” into 9” pieces for supports for the legs. Using the wood screws, I secured these pieces in the top and bottom of the (2) 2” x 4” pieces to create two rectangles.
For the width of the bar, I cut the 1”x4” boards into (9) 35” pieces. I spaced the boards using a piece of the 1” x4” board. The edges of these boards should line up the edge of your rectangle pieces you made for the legs.
I worked one row at a time to secure the side pieces as well, using the same spacing method as the front. The side pieces fit inside the front piece to give a wrapped look.
If you want to add a middle shelf inside the bar for storage, measure down from the top, about 14”, and secure the remaining (2) 9” pieces to be the support of the shelf. This is a personal preference, but can also add additional support to your bar.
At the bottom of the bar, and in the middle where I attached the support piece, I used (2) 30” pieces of 1”x 4” for the middle shelf and (2) 32.75” boards for the bottom shelf.
Once everything was assembled, I sanded the entire piece first using 100 grit, then 220 grit sand paper.
After the backyard bar was spray painted, I attached the wheels. If you’d like to include these, be sure to evenly space them out on the bottom as the front of the bar may be a bit heavier and will need proper weight distribution among the wheels.
Next, I attached the piece of teak board on top, making sure the board lined up evenly with the back of the bar and there was an overhang on the front. I also made sure the overhang on the sides was even too. I attached the top using (4) finish exterior wood screws.
I would recommend a couple coats of an exterior water proof sealer on the wood bar. If you decide to stain, make sure that it’s protected as well.
For the final touch, I added a bottle opener. Voila!
I love how this bar turned out. The best part? It was less than $200 to create!
My favorite feature of this backyard bar is that with the wheels, I can use the it inside my home if the weather is less than ideal. I also love that it’s so customizable; you can add other accessories like a towel bar or a wire rack to hold wine glasses. The possibilities are endless!
Maybe drinks aren’t your thing; if that’s the case, this doesn’t have to be a backyard bar! It can hold other items any way you see fit. It could be a great plant stand that you could move inside during the colder months, or handy storage for bug spray and sunscreen to keep close by during warmer months spent outside. It truly is the perfect addition to any backyard!
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