Backyard Brick Patio Bar Progress... say that ten times fast, huh? We do actually call this area the brick patio, because in our house - there are so many doors (6!) that it's really hard to say where the "back" yard is, this area is more of a side yard. Anyways, a ways back I started a project (you can read about it here) to fancy up this area of our life:
So I'm back with a post to prove that we aren't total slackers and that we've made progress. The bar is up, and here's a fancy play by play of just how it was done:
beveling the heck out of it. At least we had, this:
From here on out it was pretty much a bracing, sanding, staining & sealing issue. Things went surprisingly well, which is lucky for us because we jumped into the project with little to no planning. Sometimes, I gotta say, things work nicely on the fly. You break out all your tools & supplies, and you just roll with it until you figure out how in the heck you are going to get your end result.
Bracing: The thing felt pretty sturdy, but I'm paranoid & like I said, it's a bar. People get careless. We used some leftover 2x2's from our Impromptu Pergola project along with my handsome miter-saw to cut out some brackets. These are easy, just 45 degrees in opposite directions, attach and feel the brawn...
I love you Miter Saw.Hexagon Coffee table. (Loved that thing, but we had no spot for it!). This was the perfect canvas, and brought a little contrast to the surrounding green.
We sanded the bar starting with a coarse 80 grit paper, and gradually used finer paper with each layer. 120, then 220. Once it was smooth, we taped our pattern (using this handy hexagon ruler) & painted our design.
Here's a link if it's new to you) I pretty much just asked the clerk for the strongest stuff ever, and he delivered. This stuff is SHINY!
Close up of Hexy:
So clearly we aren't done, but we're kinda close. Really I just need to figure out a rug, a gigantic pad for that seat, armrests & backrests (not really sure how that's gonna happen....ha!) and accessories.
While we are out here, look who bloomed - our ultimate deer proof plant, Clerodendrum:
Thanks for stopping in & seeing our progress, stay tuned - I'm so excited to get this area up & running. Happy Wednesday!