Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tiki Bar for the Redneck Swimming Hole

The Redneck Swimming hole is back in business this year, although we've only been in it twice because of all the rain and cool weather! Can you believe that Houston didn't hit 90 degrees in the month of May? Crazy and scary 'cause that probably means that this summer is going to be horrendous!

After being inspired by this great bar on Pinterest, we knew what our swimming hole was missing - a TIKI BAR!!!!

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I've been waiting all week for the umbrella to come in so that I could take pictures of the bar to share with you! Wal-mart had some awesome tiki umbrellas but they cost almost $90 !! We found this little beauty on Amazon for only $19.99 plus $5.99 shipping!  What a deal and it is the perfect size for our little bar.

pallet bar, above ground pool decor, above ground pool, poolside bar

The bar is made out of 2 old pallets that I had, a piece of wood for the top, 2-12 x 24 ceramic tiles for the top and bamboo plant stakes.  The bar itself cost $35 to make.  That included 2 cans of spray paint, metal brackets to join the pallets, Liquid Nails to glue the tiles on and the two tiles.

Here are pictures of the bar before it was painted and the tiles glued on top - 

pallet bar, above ground pool decor, above ground pool, poolside bar

After cutting off about 8 inches from each pallet, we screwed them together and then added the brackets on the side for more stability.

pallet bar, above ground pool decor, above ground pool, poolside bar

After the bar was screwed together and the top screwed on, we spray painted it a dark brown and then glued on the tiles with Liquid Nails.

 Before placing the bar out by the pool, we placed 2 metal tree stakes where the bar was going and lifted the bar down over them.  This keeps everything safe and secure so I don't have to worry about it tipping over.

You can see one of the stakes in this picture and there is one on the other end - 


The bamboo was cut to fit, then each piece was held up to the bar, holes drilled into it and affixed with finishing nails.  Mr. Crafty had the great idea to use the leftover pieces to make the patterm on the front and that was the perfect finishing touch!

pallet bar, above ground pool decor, above ground pool, poolside bar

This bar isn't made to last a lifetime, but if we get a couple of years out of it, I will be very happy! Now if we could just have a week of sunshine and no rain, we would be able to enjoy it!


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31 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea. We have had Luau birthday parties in that past and this would have been perfect for them. I might just have to make one so I can have another party. :) Thank you so much for linking up to Dare to Share, you are today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day!

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    1. Thanks so much for the shout out Pam! I'm trying to figure out where we can put another one in our backyard!

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  2. Great idea!! Love how it is right by the pool so it's easily accessible. Thanks for linking up with us at the Wake Up Wednesday Linky

    Julie
    http://www.artworkbyjm.com/

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    1. Thanks Julie! It is just perfect for drinks, suntan lotion, towels and the all important pool accessory - cell phones! LOL!

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  3. l love it. Thanks so much for stopping by. I have wanted to visit but lost you girls.
    I am following you now so I won't loose you again. LOL.
    Have a wonderful Thursday,
    Sherry

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    1. Thanks Sherry! We haven't been posting as much lately - you know how life gets in the way of everything fun! Welcome back and have a great weekend!

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  4. How creative - what a great idea!! Thanks for linking up on Cook it! Craft it! Share it! I'm featuring you on my Facebook page later today :)
    Ang

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much Angela! We appreciate the shout out and thanks for hosting the fabulous party!

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  5. Love it--pinning it! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thanks Becky! Hope you have a Fantastic Weekend!

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  6. Oh, how fun! Wish I had that. Love the tiki touches. Thanks for sharing at the My Favorite Things party. Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. We love it! Swam tonight and even though we didn't really need the umbrella, I just had to put it up so I could enjoy looking at it! Thanks for hosting the party!

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  7. What a great idea...and guess what...I have pallets and a pool. I also love what you did around the sides.

    Another guess what....my Mom & Step Father live in Crosby...visit there often!!

    Thanks for the ideas!! Pinning it!

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    1. Thanks Bobbie! We added stools to it today and now is just perfect! We love living in Crosby - has your Mom lived her long? Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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    2. My Mom has lived there for maybe 4 years now, she moved there after marrying my Step Father. He's lived there forever. They live outside city limits.

      Thanks and I hope you're weekend is going great!

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  8. I love it, so cute and so cheap! Hello from the Thursday Favorite Things.

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    1. We are all about CHEAP out here! For some reason, I seem to love projects just that much more when they only cost a few dollars!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. What a cute idea! May need to dig out some of my pallets!! Would look cute out by our pool; the weather sure has been hot and humid, I live in Huffman, quite close to Crosby!! Just found your blog.....thanks so much!
    Lynn H, Huffman, TX

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    1. Howdy neighbor! I'm hoping all the darn rain will hold off tomorrow so that we can get out and enjoy it this weekend! There is nothing like a dip in the pool to cool off and escape the nasty humidity. Now if I can just figure out a way to keep the horse flies and mosquitoes away it would be perfect!

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  10. Innovate idea! We have a similar type pool and I love it. Stopping by forjm Inspire me Monday!

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    1. Thanks Terri! This is the third year for our little pool and we just love it! Appreciate you taking time to stop in and say hello!

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  11. I absolutely LOVE LOVE THIS! May I ask where you got the reeds from?

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    1. The bamboo on the bar came from Big Lots. They are plant stakes. The reed fencing on the pool came from Lowes in the fence section. It was $25 a roll and took 2 rolls to go around the pool. You can see our post with directions under our Home Decor tab. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  12. Thanks for joining us at Freedom Fridays - you're featured this week! :)

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    1. We are so honored! Thanks so much for hosting the fabulous party and the Feature Love! xoxo

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  13. I just pinned this fun idea and scheduled it for Facebook for this afternoon as one of our great features at Freedom Fridays!!

    Hugs and thanks for sharing!!

    PS From one fellow Texan to another!!

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    1. Thanks so much Evelyn! We sure appreciate the shout out!

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  14. Hi Jeanette. I just linked to your post with my pallet bar. Thanks again for the awesome idea!! Yours is fancier. :)

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    1. Yours is awesome - just love the glossy red top! I just don't know why I didn't think of this last year or the year before. It is just the best accessory ever for our little pool. So happy that we inspired you! Come back soon!

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