We have a very tiny backyard, but we've tried to make the best of what we have to work with. Last year we expanded our deck and this year we've been focusing on making it an inviting space.
The last few weeks have been spent building a compact bar. Tom & I both work full time so we fit our projects in where we can. This weekend we finally were able to hang it up and put it to use.
Just in time for summer, Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power are challenging all of us in blogland to get going on some of the projects we've pinned on Pinterest. I thought our outdoor bar would be the perfect thing since we've been wanting to make it for so long.
This edition is also being hosted by Kate at Centsational Girl and Michelle at Ten June. Head on over to all four sites to see what everyone has come up with and to add your own project.
Now back to our backyard bar........
The corners are reinforced with brass angle brackets and then Tom mounted the bar to the brick wall with tapcon screws. We also used brass hinges to attach the fold-down shelf to the base. The side ropes keeps the shelf from dropping below horizontal and puts less stress on the hinges.
Note: if you decide to use rope, tie it off a little shorter than you think you need - the shelf is slightly above horizontal - as the rope will stretch over time.
Over on the other side...
When the chair is not in use we also use this area for hanging out in the hammock. Perfect for reading or just taking a nap. It's nice to be able to step down from the upper deck right into the hammock. (Notice another tea towel pillow? Yep, it got out of hand.)
And we're not the only ones who like to spend time there.
Bring on summer!
I'm linking up here this week!