DIY bar shelf
What was originally a bland red-brick area that no one used, made a great place for Charlie’s bar shelf, being it has a small plastic roof overhead to provide some shelter should it rain.
Charlie started by painting the outside wall white to freshen it up and then set about measuring the area for a shelf. ‘I bought a length of pre-cut MDF from B&Q and attached it to the wall with three L-shaped brackets to make it stable,’ she says.
Buy in store: Pre-cut MDF and L-shaped brackets, £24, B&Q
Stencilling the bar top
Once the shelf was firmly fixed in place, Charlie painted it using Valspar’s Barking Creek paint, which she had leftover from another project. ‘I then painted and stencilled the leopard-print motif on top and finished with a layer of sealant,’ she says.
A colour-changing strip light was attached to the underside of the shelf to light it at night, and then the bar area was completed with two stools and some pretty accessories for a holiday vibe. Some faux foliage decorates the walls, while hanging plants add to the botanical feel.
‘During lockdown, outside space was of even more importance,’ says Charlie. ‘Creating the outdoor bar gave us the opportunity to feel like we had somewhere “new” to go within the confines of our home.’ See more of Charlie’s home and DIY makes on Instagram here.
Would you like your own garden bar, and if so, what style would you go for?