DIY mini mobile tiki bar
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Summer has unofficially arrived and that couldn’t be more apparent here in Palm Springs. We had a really mild, pleasant spring but there was definitely a shift this past week and we are in full summer temp mode now. With the humidity low and temperature high, desert dwellers like us are spending most of their days poolside or pool-in.
Just last week I decided to dismantle our newly made-over back patio (I know right, I can’t make up my mind). Previously there was a large sectional under our covered patio and I moved it to our front courtyard, deciding I’d like the back area to be more fun for entertaining. What could be more fun for entertaining than a tiki bar?
I looked around for the perfect-for-me tiki bar and just couldn’t find it. I wanted a mobile tiki bar, one I could move around the pool area, depending on the entertaining situation. I also wanted a tiki bar that had sun coverage for bar guests and bartender. Such a mini mobile tiki bar did not exist, so I made one.
I started with a premade bar that I just had to assemble. I was relieved to find a bar on wheels that was just the right size. Of course, the only problem was that it did not have a roof. I’ve never roofed anything before, so I wasn’t positive I could, but it was surprisingly easy! I chose GAF Timberline® High Definition® Shingles in a super pretty Copper Canyon. I felt like these really went well with both the tiki theme and my desert location. I didn’t know shingles could come in so many colors!
Before I could shingle, I had to build the actual roof structure which consisted of 4 2x4s to hold up a simple shingled slant roof, as is pretty classic for a tiki bar. It is a simple yet sturdy construction. I then stained the wood similarly to the existing bar and screwed it on tight.
To create a protected roof, I first nailed down GAF Underlayment: FeltBuster® which is critical for helping to prevent wind-driven rain from infiltrating under the roof’s shingles and potentially damaging the interior. Lord knows, the wind blows here on the outskirts of a windfarm and when it rains, it monsoons. I used 1″ round plastic cap roofing nails to affix the FeltBuster® to the roof. Simple!
Next came the shingles. I went with Timberline® High Definition® Shingles, which are the #1-selling shingles in North America. They not only look great, but are super easy to install and last forever – extremely durable. The only tools required were nails and a solid hammer. The shingles come in long sheets that can easily be cut to find any shape/size roof. If I can do it, anyone can.
Since GAF Timberline® shingles are the best selling in North America, they are clearly a favorite with professional contractors, but they are perfect for the occasional home DIYer. Did you know you could roof something yourself? Honestly, I didn’t. I didn’t even know that I could just walk into my local Lowe’s and buy shingles (+ shingle accessories), but now that my tiki bar is done, I’m thinking of other projects I can create and roof!
Once the roof was done, it was time to turn this bar into a tiki bar. It isn’t a tiki bar without grass, so I used those same roofing nails to affix a grass table skirt around the bar and onto the front of the roof, which I trimmed. Over that, I hung string pineapple lights, which bring the tiki bar to life at night!
When you’re choosing your base tiki bar, make sure to choose one that has a storage shelf. A good tiki bar needs a place to keep drink ingredients, of course, and any other items you may need like outdoor plates, tiki water bottles and possibly a cooler or bucket with ice.
I found more tiki themed items to complete the look, like palm leaf placemats, coconut cocktail cups and everything pineapple.
A bar is not complete without bar stools, and while this bar will certainly see its fair share of rum,
I really wanted this bar to be kid-friendly. I chose bar stools that were on the lower side so that my kids and their friends could climb up and enjoy a mocktail. I liked these so much, I bought four. They double as side tables for the loungers – bonus!
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