Your yard will get a new dimension when you add in an outdoor bar. To make it even better, you can express your own individuality by building it yourself. You will need a weekend during which the weather is not bad. While building the bar is quite simple, you will need a little basic experience when working with the materials to build it with. Your own outdoor bar will make entertaining more fun, as well as will give you a great place to hang out. You can also show off your bar-tending skills in your own backyard. Here are some simple steps to guide you in building your own outdoor bar.
Tips To Build An Outdoor Bar
- Ice chest
- Concrete nails
How To Do It
- The first step is to build the foundation for the bar. Clear the ground area, where the bar is going to be built and tamp the ground. Lay a pre-poured slab of concrete on the ground as the base for the outdoor bar.
- Use the bricks to build the foundation of the bar. Lay the bricks in a rectangular shape through the length and width of the bar.
- Using mortar, continue to lay bricks at the base. Ensure that the bricks are laid in a staggered pattern and are stacked about four feet in height at least for the bar. This makes it too high for children and pets to reach, but you will be able to reach it comfortably.
- Measure the size of the rectangle that you have created with bricks. Cut out a piece of plywood that is the same size, to be used for the top of the bar. Using a saw, cut a hole out of the plywood, so that it is the size of the ice chest. That way you can set the ice chest, in. Either you can fit the ice chest in, or you can use an old stainless steel sink as an ice chest.
- Use concrete nails to fix the plywood to the top of the brick base. Use wire lathe to cover the top of the outdoor bar.
- Apply a thin layer of mortar that to the lathed plywood and lay tiles on it in any design of your choice. Leave this to set overnight.
- Mix sanded grout in water such that its consistency is milk-like. Pour this on the top of the outdoor bar, and spread it over all joints using a grout float.
- Allow this to set for 15 minutes before wiping away any excess grout that is on the tiled top with the help of a grout sponge and water. Allow this to set overnight.
- Set the ice chest of the sink in the hole in the plywood top and seal the edges using a bead of caulk.
- You could choose to paint and decorate your bar according to your personal choice.