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How to Make a Serving Bar (+9 Outdoor Bar Ideas!)

Want to make your patio more functional? Learn how to make a DIY outdoor bar (plus, 9 more outdoor bar ideas for a deck or patio!)

Ever since we completed the patio makeover at our first home I’ve wanted a spot to serve food outdoors. It’s funny, because here we are 3 years down the road, and I’ve created a DIY Outdoor Serving Bar from a piece of furniture that we’ve owned this entire time.

easy outdoor serving bar

**Note: This post was originally written as a guest post for Beauty in the Mess.

How to Make an Outdoor Serving Bar

It’s a basic, inexpensive breakfast table. You’ve probably seen many similar versions in big box stores or at yard sales over the years — maybe you even own one already.

Simple breakfast table used to make an outdoor serving bar.

See? It’s a pretty simple table. Nothing special… but it’s functional. We’ve used this table as storage and as a coffee bar over the years. It has been that piece of furniture that really hasn’t ever had its permanent home. That is, until now.

DIY outdoor serving bar with food and utensils.

DIY outdoor serving bar with food, drinks, and utensils.


Head over to Beauty in the Mess and find out exactly how I transformed this boring table into a great furniture piece for our deck.

What piece of furniture, that you own, is waiting for a makeover?

9 Outdoor Bar Ideas for your Deck or Patio

Would you like a spot to serve food outdoors? Building an outdoor serving bar is a great beginner woodworking project... or a great way to use old furniture that could be repurposed. Start entertaining on the deck or patio with one of these clever outdoor serving stations.

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Tuesday 4th of April 2017

I love this make-over! I'm currently re-doing a mobile island my husband brought home for free from a garage sale. I've hated it since he brought it in, but now it's going to be a pretty coffee bar! I love when the inspiration suddenly hits!

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Thanks, Angie! I'm so glad you liked it!! And glad you found a good solution for your hubby's find :)