Patio Bar in a Shed
Did you see our final patio reveal for the One Room Challenge? If so, you probably saw one of our favourite features – the storage shed turned patio bar… We got to try it out this weekend and it was awesome!
One of the things we didn’t accomplish in time for the ORC reveal was making the inside look a little less shed-like. Our initial plan was to paint it a pretty, coordinating colour to the our inspiration pillows. Unfortunately, when we un-boxed the shed we saw how many impressions were moulded in and knew it would be a painting nightmare.
Another thing we struggled with was where the indents were located for shelves. WE got around this by making legs for the counter. We used the moulded support for the shelves and cut the shelves around the legs.
Lastly, our plan was to get an off cut of nice counter for cheap. Even at discounted prices, they were too expensive for this project! So we cut down the counter we removed from our rental and painted it to match the cooler and wood tier accents. If you are planning to do this, use a good primer first and be sure to check re-coat times! In my tired state, I re-coated too soon and got some bubbling. This led to a rougher surface than anticipated.
Prettying it up
While perusing the dollar store for some bar accessories, I stumbled across some stick-on “wood” planks. Ding-ding-ding! Not sure how it would look, I figured $15 was worth the experiment! We used our handy paper cutter and got to work! When I purchased the packages I assumed there was a mix of patterns in each one. Well, you know what the saying about assumptions, right? Ya, we needed to purchase a few more packages to get a mix.
We considered using the same treatment on the back until… we held the bar mat up and liked the look – any guesses what we used to cover the back?
They are actually kitty litter catch mats (new, of course). We used a glue gun to attach them to the inside and voila! A not so shed-like patio bar. They were super easy to work with and cut. Unfortunately, we were so focused on lining up the horizontal lines that we didn’t realize we should have cut a small section from the centre to maintain the pattern. We actually didn’t see it until later in the day when we were setting up for the par-tay. By that time we had already trimmed the excess on the side. We have 2 more mats to cover the sides of the shed so we will check to see if we switch one out.
We love the extra shelf to store blankets, spare flip flops, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray and that the cooler can stay in the shed and not take up room in our house. Of course, no bar is complete without a spot for booze. See the slots under the blue painted counter? Aside from being a patio bar, we use the shed to store things when we aren’t using it like the cooler, lanterns and pillows.
What fun addition have you added to your patio area? Let us know in the comments!
Denise and Sean
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