Tiki Bar. A MUST on our list of things to have/do while living in Hawaii. But, they take time and money, a lot of both, right? WRONG! Not if you use pallets!
I have grown to LOVE this common wooden structure that so often goes unnoticed and tossed aside after it’s initial job of assisting in the transportation of something. They are strong, well built, and to be honest, they have great lines.
We were able to acquire 6 pallets that were no longer needed at a job site, bought some screws, a 4×4 post and a sheet of plywood and got to work. It was so easy!
Because the pallets are able to hold their own in weight and structure, all we had to do stand them up on end, put them in an L shape, screw them to the deck and then together and the basis of our bar was set. We then cut our plywood in two strips to make as our bar top and screwed them on. J.O. even made a small shelf for back behind the bar.
We decided to stain the wood and then I got to work on the countertop. I wanted something different and cheap. Well, the countertop ended up being different, but not as inexpensive as I wanted. I decoupaged first with an old sarong I had laying around. I was able to get by cheap on the modgepodge by making it my self. I used two different recipes and both worked great. The first is a simple solution of half water and half glue mixed up. The second (and yes, it actually does work) was 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 and 1/4 cup of water. Mix it all together and heat for about 2 min. It should be smooth and not too thick. If it’s too thick, just add more water. After I did all the decoupaging (I even did the shelf with photos of surfers and such) I went to the store in search of a good sealer. I needed something that was waterproof and durable. What I found is AMAZING. It’s a little spending, but I have so many for projects in mind after finding this stuff! It is called “Pour-On” and it is made by Enviro Tex Lite. All you do is mix the two part solution and pour it onto what ever you want to be sealed. Think of thick lacquered counter tops at bars. It ran me roughly $60 for two boxes. The next day, I mixed it up, poured it on and waited 24 hours. Beautiful! But it needed another coat and an added something….glitter Yes, I added glitter to the counter top and another coat of the sealer. It would be crystal clear and look like the ocean, but it rained, so the sealer became a bit tampered. It still looks pretty cool, though if I do say so myself!
I bought a few things at the Aloha Market (read about it here) to complete our tiki look and now all we need is to stock the bar and have a party!
Oh, we also made a new table for the lanai out of pallets. It’s simply two pallets stacked on each other with a 4×4 post in each corner separating them. A few screws and a bit of stain later and there you have it.
Last, I bought a few wooden carvings of sea creatures that I wanted to glue onto out “ocean” countertop. I used Gorilla Glue because I thought it would hole up the best, not knowing that it foamed when it dried! It looks like the animals are coming out of the water! Ha! Although this technique worked for my project, I can see how it could ruin others. So, lesson learned: Gorilla Glue foams.
Long Live the Pallet!