quick and easy outdoor bar

Happy Monday to ya! I’ve been away for a couple of weeks, and it feels so good to be back in the saddle again (so to speak!) It’s been a whirlwind of Disney madness (which gave me a minor breakdown) and then relaxing at the beach for a couple of days before jumping back into work. I’m so, so glad to be back home! I hope you all enjoyed the home tours last week. It feels like forever since I’ve DIY’ed anything, so let’s get to a new project, shall we? Since I’m tip toeing back into the land of projects, it’s only fitting to start with something easy, huh? This project is super simple and yet brings a lot of function to our small deck, and since it’s an outdoor bar, well honestly it’s getting a lot of action with the hot summer days upon us.

quick and easy outdoor bar

This project is super, duper simple – like 10 mins of work kinda easy.

For this project you will need:

  • shelf brackets (3 for a 40 inch long bar)
  • screws (six 2 inch screws and six 3/4 inch screws)
  • composite decking (2 pieces cut 40 inches long)
  • anchors if needed
  • drill

DIY outdoor barFirst we found the studs and pre-drilled some pilot holes to make the 2 inch screws go in correctly. If needed, use anchors (like in brick). Our exterior is currently wood siding, so we went straight through that. While in the photos we only used two brackets, later we figured out it needed more support and added a third in the center. Yeah, learn from my mistake and go with three from the beginning, m’kay? Using the 2 inch screws gives it more strength, so that’s what we went with.

easy DIY outdoor bar

Next,  we put the boards on top, and evened them up so there’s equal amount hanging off each end (about 3 inches). Then we pre-drilled pilot holes again and attached the boards to the brackets. The brackets we chose were from the closet dept. and fit two widths of the board perfectly (love it when that happens!)

You could use regular decking boards (with paint or stain or even natural) but we liked the idea that these were already a great color and would hold up to whatever chaos we could throw at it.

easy outdoor bar

Now we have a great place for mixing drinks (because you know that’s my whole plan for an outdoor bar) or holding extra food when grilling (because it’s right beside the grill area.) It’s such an easy way to add a little more functional space to a deck in just a few minutes.

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Be sure to download the latest issue of Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine for more awesome ideas. You can also connect with Lowe’s on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest.

*Thanks to Lowe’s & Rockwell for partnering with me on this post. All ideas, opinions, words & images are 100% my own.*


About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Gina,
    I just recently found you! I love everything you do on a budget.
    Just recently stopped working to be with my sick husband, so I am now on a budget.
    It is good to see I can still be creative and do fun things to my home. Simple and
    appreciating what I have is my life now. I am a fan! I think I need a bar on my deck!
    See ya!

  2. Great idea. This is so simple and easy, but such a great idea and useful spot.

  3. How stinkin cute, what a brilliant idea. Love that it is budget friendly. Pinning!!

  4. This looks awesome! I wonder if I could make one that folds away too…. hmmm…. you have my wheels spinning!


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