Party on the Patio! Bar from Storage Shed

Patio Bar in a Shed

We decided our patio should have a bar so created 1 in our shed! With a place for booze, cooler & a spot for accessories we never want or need to leave our patio.

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!

We decided our patio should have a bar so created 1 in our shed! With a place for booze, cooler & a spot for accessories we never want or need to leave our patio.

Challenges

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?

We decided our patio should have a bar so created 1 in our shed! With a place for booze, cooler & a spot for accessories we never want or need to leave our patio.

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 decided our patio should have a bar so created 1 in our shed! With a place for booze, cooler & a spot for accessories we never want or need to leave our patio.

Extras

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!

Cheers,
Denise and Sean

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We decided our patio should have a bar so created one in our shed! With a place for booze, cooler & a spot for accessories we never want (or need) to leave our patio.
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4 Comments

  1. This turned out so good! And you used the same wood planks that I did for my guest room headboard! I was also disappointed when all the planks were the same color in the package, but I had at least bought a few different packs that trip. I can’t believe that is kitty litter mats! Innovative ;). I love your backyard!

    • Denise and Sean

      Thanks! WE ended up having to buy a few more packs and then didn’t need them all. Was hoping the dollar store would let us exchange for something else (we spend enough there lol) but no go. At least they weren’t too expensive. How are the plank stickers holding up?

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