If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I used to love Pinterest in an obsessive sort of way. Well, I kinda strayed for a bit because of my business, and with writing content regarding camping advice and helpful tips.
I’m back at it on Pinterest, full force!
Good friends of ours (actually a previous guest blogger, Angela, who wrote this post) have the cutest little backyard, and I’m always inspired when we visit them because both of them are just so full of creativity and ingenuity. And then my husband and I come home to our boring backyard and throw our hands up in frustration because we just don’t know how to get our yard from what it is right now to a place we want to hang out more in.
And, just like anything else, it’s all about taking that first step.
Our backyard is a bit frustrating. It’s large for a townhouse backyard, but there’s no back fence. Also, the ground is not level. Not even close. It slopes downward away from our house, which is certainly helpful in the rainy season. We were one of the only units in our block to not have a leaky basement the past couple of spring seasons. While leveling it would not only require a lot of work, it would take away this advantage. I don’t feel like having to deal with a wet basement, which is why we’ve been dragging our feet when it comes to fixing it up.
So, once again, we visited our amazing friends, and once again, we walked away, completely inspired. I’ve seen the pallet bar project on Pinterest… and we had the vehicle to collect pallets now. What were we waiting for? We decided it was finally time… The same week, my husband brought home the two pallets we needed.
We purchased some Thompson’s Water Seal in Nutmeg. Since this project was staying outdoors, we wanted to protect it as much as possible. Weather-proofing it while painting it worked for me! It was also much cheaper than actual wood stain, and we really didn’t want to invest much more into it. The entire point of using pallets is to make something for free or next to nothing, in my book.
My husband prepped the pallets for me by lightly sanding the sides that would be exposed. Using a little elbow grease, he removed the shoe prints and black marks. I had an additional idea and asked him to remove the boards from the bottom of each pallet, leaving the two outside boards of each in place.
The following day, I had some free time, so I started painting them. At first, I only painted the parts that we would physically see once it was assembled. Later, we decided to paint both pallets entirely.
We bought two pieces of wood, one to level out the height between the two pallets (they were not the same size), and one to cover the surface area of the topside, as a base for the patio paver stones we were going to add. Obviously, if your pallets are exactly the same size, you can skip the leveling piece, and just go for the topside piece (not completely necessary but we wanted ample surface for attaching the stones). We painted the extra pieces of wood as well.
My husband attached the two pieces by nailing each into the pallets, then securing the two pallets together. Then we attached a couple of extras, a small rack, and a fun bottle opener.
The next step was to move the pallets into the backyard before putting the stones on top.
My husband nailed the pallet bar to our existing fence, securing it completely. We purchased construction adhesive (Home Depot $4) . My husband attached each of the four 12×12 paver stones we purchased (Home Depot $3.99 each). We chose the stones with a brown hue to them so it would all match.
Remember how I asked him to remove the bottom boards, leaving the outer ones in place? My idea was to take another piece of wood, paint it to match, and place it inside the two skids after it was installed, making a small shelf. I really wanted to make this as useful as possible!
Making Things Pretty
Over the years, I’ve collected some pretty neat things from various places. When the project was nearing completion, my mind was busy running through the inventory of these items. I knew they would really look nice in our new bar:
- Ice bucket – Dollar Tree
- Rack with hanging galvanized metal pots – IKEA
- Tabletop firepit – made with items from Walmart, another idea from Pinterest
- Planter (galvanized metal as well) – don’t recall where this came from… it’s that old!
- Wall mounted bottle opener – Green Earth Store in Limeridge Mall, after a Google search
- Mason jars with tea lights – dollar stores carry both items
- Letter “R” – Michaels
- Canada flag (purchased precut sign and paint from Michaels, created a maple leaf stencil from Google – sprayed front and back with a weatherproof coating)
- tic-tac-toe board with playing pieces (rocks from neighbourhood, spare piece of wood, with the grid made by a tablesaw and painted. Pieces painted X or O in acrylic craft paint, a weatherproof coating applied)
I wanted to dig out our Christmas lights, but my husband reminded me that we only had indoor ones. I’ll have to stock up this December on outdoor ones.
My husband was so proud, he not only wanted to invite people over last minute to come and enjoy the new addition, he’s helped me scope out some new ideas for our backyard/home using pallets. Thankfully, he works in a place with a warehouse that regularly gets rids of pallets like the ones we’re after.
Here’s a breakdown of what you need to make your own backyard pallet bar:
- 2 pallets of the same size
- 4 12×12 paver stones
- construction adhesive
- weatherproof stain or paint
- nails, hammer, sandpaper, drill
- optional wood for top surface to attach stones
Prep your pallets (sand, stain or paint). Attach them together bottom to bottom, with the good sides facing out. Once secure, nail them to your fence or drill them into a wall (make sure you have the proper tools to do so).
Using the adhesive, attach the paver stones to the top of your bar. Check the set time on the adhesive. Make sure rain isn’t in the forecast for at least 24 hours to give it time to dry.
Then it’s all about decorating and accessorizing!
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