Always dreamed of owning a bar? Well here’s one you can make for your own back garden, using only pallets and some wood! Read on to see instructions on how to build your own Pallet Bar.
What you’ll need
To do this DIY project you will need the following tools:
In addition, these materials will be needed:
- 2 pallets
- 2 boards of pine wood of 800x300x19 mm and 1 of 600x400x19 mm
- 3 wooden slats of 900x48x13 mm and 17 of 1000x48x9 mm
- Wood glue
- Fixing brackets
- Sisal rope
- Decorative vinyl
These measurements may change slightly depending on the size of your pallets and the size you want your bar to be.
Cost, time and difficulty
The approximate cost of the materials is less than £90. It should take about a day (8 hours) and we’d pin it as an intermediate level project – so be sure to give it a shot! (get it?)
The sides of the bar are formed by pallets. If your pallets aren’t the same height (here there was a difference of 4 cm), add small legs or wooden wedges. To do this, cut a square strip of wood and fix it to the base of the pallet with wood glue.
The front of the bar is made from wooden slats. Although you could definitely do this with pallets too, you should bear in mind that
- It increases the execution time since it is necessary to disassemble the pallets.
- You will have to join several boards in line and, in some cases, cut them to the desired length.
- It will not always be easy to find pallets with boards of the same width.
1. Sanding and varnishing pallets
The first step will be to sand the pallets. This way you will be able to eliminate chips, smooth the surface and prepare it for applying varnish. It is advisable to use an electric sander and a coarse-grained sandpaper, since it speeds up this task.
2. Attach the front
The next step is to mount the front of the bar . To do this, start by making a frame. Clamp a strip of one meter long wood at each end of the 90 cm and attach this to the central one.
Then nail the remaining strips of wood, leaving a space of the thickness of one piece of wood inbetween them. This will create a pallet effect.
Once nailed to the slats, it should look like this
3. Painting and decorating the front
We went full out with a summer look in our decoration. This is of course customisable, so get creative!
- Apply the same varnish-dye you used before, but only to the side of your design you want to be dark wood.
- Once it has dried, adhere an adhesive vinyl template over the stained part of the wood. The templates can be purchased or made by yourself.
- Sand down the varnish on either side of the stencil to help the paint stick to the wood. We used blue, turquoise and gray. Use painter’s tape to keep it neat!
- Before the paint has completely dried, remove the vinyl template.
4. Joining the front and sides of the bar
The next step is to attach the front of the bar to the pallets. To do this, place the sides of the pallet at right angles to the vertical strip on the front. Doing this will ensure the front part will protrude slightly from the sides.
Then, place several small connecting brackets at the top of the pallet to fix to the side (one approximately 10/15 cm).
5. Make the worktop of the bar
Finally, for the worktop of the bar. This will extend towards the front and on both sides, stretching around the entire bar.
- Cut two side panels 80 × 30 cm and one central 60 × 40 cm. You could cut a single piece, however depending on the size of the bar and the pallets, this could complicate the execution of the project.
- Attach the boards using wood glue and some brackets.
- Then paint on the same varnish you used before to protect the pallets.
- Finally, attach the worktop to the base using brackets.
Now all that’s left is to add drinks!
We hope you enjoyed this project, and if you decide to make it, be sure to post a photo to our Facebook! Ready to tackle another project? Why not have a go at building your own hammock, or perhaps a DIY sweet dispenser!
This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!