Outdoor Beverage Station

I am cracking up that two of my contributors came up with a similar idea in creating an upcycled beverage station/ potting shed idea.  Apparently, all the cool kids are doing it. I need to get on the bandwagon apparently.

Tricia came up with a hutch and old desk revamp and Laura showed you how she took an old door and made her own version of a beverage bar station. Laura can rock the doors.

If you missed last month’s post she made a kitchen herb garden out of an old door.

Today’s think outside the box door project is here thanks to Christy at Our Southern Homes. 

Outdoor Beverage Station

What Can I Do With an Old Door?

There are many creative and practical ways to repurpose an old door:

  1. Use it as a table top or desk surface
  2. Turn it into a headboard or footboard for a bed
  3. Hang it on the wall as a piece of wall decor or a unique photo display
  4. Use it as a pantry door or room divider
  5. Create a bench or seating area by adding legs
  6. Turn it into a unique bookshelf
  7. Make a picture frame or wall hanging from the window panes
  8. Use it as a decorative backdrop for outdoor events or photo shoots
  9. Transform it into a garden trellis or archway
  10. Use it as a unique entryway or front door for a shed or outbuilding… OR

Do like Christy at Our Southern Homes. She’s transformed a $5 old door into an amazing Bar Station.

DIY Upcycled Beverage Station by Our Southern Homes

The official day of summer may not be here yet, but with school now out…it is summer! What does the start of summer signify to you?

To me it means less stress and more carefree fun! In our home, carefree means outdoors! My hubby and I worked together to create this DIY Beverage Center from an old door!

Our Southern Home

I knew exactly what I wanted to create when asked to team up with Elmer’s ProBond Advanced. This product is amazing. It is meant for mixed media use.

In my case, I was bonding wood to metal. You can also bond glass to concrete or ceramic to drywall with out that messy residue often left behind by other polyurethane glues. This is not meant for wood to wood applications. Elmer’s Wood Glue is used for that purpose.

I purchased this old door for I believe $5 over a year ago at a thrift store. It has had a home in this corner as a plate hanger for decoration. Now it is a beverage station for our screened porch!

Old Door

As you can see, I had to do quite a bit of scraping and sanding to get a paintable surface.

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Materials Used

  • Elmer’s ProBond
  • Elmer’s Woods Glue
  • Old Door
  • 2 scrap boards for shelf in 2 different widths
  • 4 shelf brackets in 2 different sizes
  • 2 outdoor porch spindles
  • Wood screws
  • Basic tools
  • Creamy white outdoor spray paint
  • Pale blue outdoor paint and primer in one
  • Wine glass rack

*Home improvement center will cut wood for you and spindles

Old Door clamp

We positioned where we wanted the 2 shelf brackets to go using the larger of the two since this will be the larger serving shelf.

We leveled the location for the brackets and attached them  to the door with wood screws using a drill.

We really could have ditched the drill and wood screws here! Elmer’s ProBond Advanced is so strong that it would have easily supported these shelves!

Next, we attached the shelf to the brackets with the Elmer’s ProBond. We clamped it to dry and set up.

we attached the shelf to the brackets

Before gluing the upper shelf, I had previously attached a metal wine glass rack to the underside of the upper shelf.

I let it set up while we did other things around the house. After it had dried and set up thoroughly, we followed the same procedure for attaching the upper shelf as we did for the lower using the 2 smaller brackets.

Then we took off for a few hours to run a few errands.

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The legs were attached with screw counter sunk through the bottom shelf.

For added stability with kids around, we did secure it to the brick wall behind with a cement screw in the brick.

A hook was attached to the backside of the door and secured to the cement screw with wire.

beverage station

I love how I can see no residue from the Elmer’s ProBond Advanced! The beverage station is all set up for entertaining. I just need to add sodas and water to the metal ice bucket filled with ice. Notice we attached a bottle opener to the side of the door. A small jar is directly underneath to place caps.

We are actually having friends over for a cookout Saturday night. I can’t wait to use this beverage station then! Next week I’ll share other resources with you from the station!

See other Christy’s projects here.

Also check out 5 Ways To Create An Outdoor Beverage Station On A Budget.

5 Ways to Create an Outdoor Beverage Station

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you too make your own customized outdoor bar!

If you are looking for some other outdoor projects, be sure to check out DIY Vintage Mason Jar Solar Light and the fun new space created by Finding Home Farms in their play/pool house.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. I saw this project on Google+ this morning and had to run over here to check out all of the details! I love it! She really thought of everything, and I love how it all came together. Such a fun way to serve drinks! Hope you’re having a wonderful week, ladies!

    ~Abby =)

  2. Simply fabulous project! How awesome would this be out on a porch or inside. The dark wax really brings out all the age details and I can’t help but love how the orange and sea glass green draw you in. Love it ~ Amy

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