Since we moved into our house a few years ago I have spent much time in the garden completely overhauling it including giving the summer house a complete make over using Ronseal garden paint along with redesigning the borders, adding arches and last Summer I constructed and painted an arbour bench for my side garden that matched the look of my summer house. Along with the garden makeover I have also made lots of accessories like garden bench cushions and deck chair covers meaning I have lots of seating options for summer parties and family gatherings. But what I always seem to lack is somewhere to serve drinks and the dining table gets filled up really quickly with snack bowls, salads and desserts etc. So when the people at Ronseal
invited me to be part of their “Vine Hack”, I knew pretty instantly that I wanted to make some kind of outdoor bar/ serving area for the garden that would be perfect for serving drinks or food on and had lots of storage for ice buckets, glasses, plates, cutlery etc so my guests could help themselves and find a seat. I started by gathering lots of ideas and sketching up some ideas, eventually settling on a tall bar made up of crates with a top made of decking, I added wheels with brakes so I could easily maneuver it around the garden and for extra usefulness I added a bottle opener to the front along with a hanging pot for cutlery and door knobs on the back for hanging tea towels or BBQ tools.
Having used Ronseal garden paint on my summer house, arch, arbour and fences I know just how easy it is to use, how well the colour comes out and how the coverage lasts. So it made perfect sense to use it on my new outdoor bar to keep it looking good...
I started by painting the crates in a couple of coats of Ronseal super flexible wood and primer undercoat which is formulated for exterior wood but can also be used on metal so is perfect for painting over the screw heads and mending plates etc. Priming your wood helps your paint stick and last longer. It also covers bold colours & dark marks and flexes with the wood, so it doesn't crack or peel. After assembling the crates together I then painted them in three coats of garden paint in white ash, which resists cracking and peeling and waterproofs and protects the wood. It gave the bar a lovely finished solid coloured clean look and was easy to apply.
"If you want your garden to look a bit different, our Garden Paint comes in a range of colours that'll look great and can be used on wood, brick, terracotta and metal."
So that the decking on the top of the bar was also protected and matched the grey and off white colour scheme of my summer house and arbour I chose the ultimate protection decking stain in charcoal which soaks into the wood so it lasts longer and stops the wood from greying and splitting. It was easy to apply and gave a lovely even colour.
"Our Ultimate Protection Decking Stain is the best choice if you're looking for a long-lasting finish. It protects against harsh weather and people walking on it. It'll last twice as long as standard decking stains, keeping your decking looking good all year round. You can give your decking a different look by using one of our bold decking paint colours."
I can't wait to use my new outdoor bar at a Summer BBQ we are having early next month!
Here's my first two videos on You Tube, the DIY outdoor bar tutorial and the finished outdoor bar ready to party with...