‘The first pic is what this unused corner of our garden looked like on Friday. Now it’s a colourful wee cocktail bar!’Jilly exclaims.
‘We managed to do this makeover in a weekend, for around £60 including the patio’ she continues. ‘My husband is a landscape gardener so that’s a bit of cheating, but the materials were all repurposed’. A job very well done, and on such a smart budget.
This is the unused, and quite frankly unloved corner of Jilly’s garden. The before just makes the after even more impressive.
After: garden cocktail bar
Now the space is a vibrant garden cocktail bar! We love the attention to detail, from the stylish iridescent lights to the brightly coloured barstools – it’s a big yes from team Ideal Home. And it seems, a big yes from fellow members of the Facebook group too…
‘This is amazing’ writes one, ‘I love it’ exclaims another.
‘Well it looks terrific and I’ll have a mojito please!’ says another, and we second that!
‘The accessories were mostly just things we already had – the chalkboard frames are repurposed’ says Jilly. ‘I did buy the floral garland on eBay though.’
The floral garland adds a decorative touch, that’s perfect for a garden theme. It helps to soften the wooden bar structure.
Painting the barstools
Jilly explains on her blog, ‘The stools were £12 because of a lucky voucher situation, and I already had foam to use for the tops leftover from another project. I covered the tops with this tropical leaf tablecloth (£6.99) which inspired the colour scheme.
The stools are painted in the vibrant shade of Paradise Petals by Johnstone’s.
Building the bar
‘In the end we used a bunch of stuff from our garage junk collection’. This included three pallets from material deliveries, a trellis for the roof (from a bin store David made). And the countertop was brilliantly made using leftovers from a garage repair.
With the the roof posts and monoblocks ‘salvaged from a skip trip’. Jilly and David demonstrate how anything can be made on a budget if you’re willing to give it a go.
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To paint the bar Jilly used the serene shade of Seagrass by Cuprinol.
David’s job proved invaluable on this project, ‘Of course, with David being a landscape gardener he was able to magic up a lovely patio base.’ But that’s not to say you couldn’t do it yourself if you wanted to – it just might take longer than a weekend.
Feeling inspire to build a bar in your own garden for cocktail hour?