Whether it’s an outdoor gathering of friends and family or a dinner party inside, you want to be sure you’re well-stocked with drinks and refreshments for everyone. A table or even a bookshelf will do passably well for stocking your hard liquor, wine, and mixers at first, but your own separate bar will add much more style along with functionality.

A bar you made yourself is even better because it’s sure to spark conversations once your guests learn you completed one of these cool DIY bar projects yourself. With the right materials and some basic instructions, you can have a home bar that your neighbors wouldn’t be able to buy at the local furniture store.

Pallet Bar

Tutorial: www.happilyhughes.com

Take old wooden shipping pallets and attache them together to create your own home bar. Before attaching them, each pallet gets sanded down to remove any splinters before you can stain or paint it. This low-cost DIY bar project requires three full size wood pallets, along with wood screws, a cordless drill, a saw and the wood stain of your choice. A popular stain color for this project is deep cherrywood, though blonde wood stain or chestnut are also good choices for this project.

Bottle Cap Bar Top

Tutorial: project.theownerbuildernetwork.co

Use your bottle cap collection to add color to an existing solid color wood bar top. Depending on the size of the bar top and the number of bottle caps, you can create designs and color gradients that will liven up even the dullest bar top. If you prefer, you can paint the bar black or possibly a deep shade of blue or purple before gluing on the bottle caps once the paint dries.

Backyard Tiki Bar

Tutorial: www.popularmechanics.com

This hand-built structure gets built from a set of plans you can download for free off the Popular Mechanics website. Other needed materials include cedar fence boards, bolts, brackets, deck screws, pressure treated radius deck boards and pressure treated fence posts.

Outdoor Bar

Tutorial: www.budgetdumpster.com

This project uses all recycled materials to build a DIY bar for your outdoor patio or back porch. Recycled wood pallets, ceramic tiles, plywood, and wood trim are just some of the needed materials.

How to Build Your Own Bar

Tutorial: milligansganderhillfarm.wordpress.com

Using oak veneer plywood, this DIY bar project results in a permanent bar constructed in your home, which can be a corner or section of any room with the right amount of space available.

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