I made some promises to some people around the time that we moved home just over a month ago. First, I promised my kids that I would build some stuff for them. Then I promised Mr C that I would build some stuff for him. Then I promised you guys that I would share my makes and how to’s. Well, I’m here with the first (almost) finished build in the shape of a garden pallet bar.
I noticed that just around the corner from us were a couple of builder-y type shops – a plumbers, a DIY shop, a mechanics yard – the kind of places that usually have pallets lying around. Sure enough, when I went to have a look there were loads, all stacked up in their back yards. I asked in the plumbing shop and the DIY shop and they were happy for me to take as many as I needed.
I knew that I wanted to create an L shape for the bar, and we decided it was going next to the shed. Once I started getting it stood up in position, though, I realised it’d be better if I was able to shut it off from the kids. The last thing we need is them getting behind the bar and into the alcohol! Oh… and yeah, there’s the glass too… Anyway, that led to me creating a door. An actual door, on hinges and everything! Check me out.
Once the basic shape was together, I just couldn’t help but feel like it wasn’t complete. I knew it needed some kind of shelter, so I located a bit of scrap wood in the garden and created the pillars on either side of the bar. The tarpaulin roof was a good idea, but if I’m honest I see myself replacing it with a sheet of wood in the not too distant future. I just feel like it’ll give the whole thing more structural integrity.
Pallet wood, of course, is untreated and usually pretty gnarly. It’s not the kind of wood you want you kids running their fingers along, that’s for sure. With this in mind, the first thing I did once the structure was secure was sand the whole thing until it was smooth. In hindsight, I probably should have sanded each piece of wood before assembling the bar, but hey – you live and learn!
Of course, the finishing touch was a lick of garden paint to protect the wood (and make it look pretty!) I use the leftover paints from the shed, so this was another few pounds saved! It’s really important to paint the wood with specialist paint as it protects it and will stop it from rotting and falling apart within a few months!
So there you have it! One garden pallet bar created with nearly all free wood, very little in the way of specialist knowledge, a can-do attitude, and this pair of hands! Next up: pallet playhouse, and then… oh god, I can’t stop my brain now, I could end up giving up blogging in favour of a career in pallet DIY!