Thrifty Mum Creates Stylish Garden Bar For £30 Using Facebook Bargains
- Rachel, 25, wanted a project during her maternity leave
- She sourced supplies for a DIY garden bar on the cheap with Facebook Marketplace
- The bar was completed in just a few days while she was breastfeeding
Entertaining people in the garden is a great way to spend a summer afternoon, so one mum decided to make her own space unique with a DIY garden bar on the cheap.
Rachel Jones, 25 from Preston, Lancashire, was inspired to make the bar after seeing a man post about building a garden room for his daughter in a gardening group on Facebook.
‘I keep seeing pallet sofas and I love the wood effect and those colours are very in right now so I chose those as they’re my favourite.
‘I wanted a little project to do as I’m off on maternity and I knew I could do it!’
The first step was sourcing supplies. ‘I got some of them free to keep the costs down, such as the pallets from Marketplace for the main structure. Then I bought some cladding for £15 from B&Q and some nails and tins of paint. Altogether it cost me £30.’
Rachel had a shape in mind for the bar, so she spent the next two days bringing it to life. ‘I fixed the pallets together, then measured all of the cladding and cut it to the correct length for each side.
‘Then I nailed the cladding on and applied three layers of paint. I’m not that handy at DIY, so I mis-measured a couple of pieces to begin with.
‘The lime stripe I painted on was probably the trickiest part as I had to keep the tape straight, but I love it now!
‘It’s a simple bar to make and it wasn’t complicated. Trust me, I did it with a baby attached while breastfeeding!
‘I did want to add a tile mosaic to the top of the bar but I didn’t want to make it too heavy in case we have to move it as we rent so maybe one day…
‘I was very happy we could use the bar with all of our support bubble and it was a lovely feeling of accomplishment.’
Tom Church, Co-Founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, said: ‘Wooden garden bars can easily set you back a couple of hundred pounds, so Rachel has done very well to make her own.
‘Don’t forget to sand down rough or sharp edges, and if you have a large surface area to cover, consider getting some spray paint to speed up the process.’
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