I decided to paint mine white (i know..big surprise!) and add a few grain sack stripes on the shelves. I also added casters to the bottom for ease in moving it around… and added twine around the bucket handle to bring in a summer/nautical flare. We will be using this beverage station a lot! I put a bottle opener on the front, and decided to add a DIY Framed Chalkboard Marquee Sign (the post on how to make it is coming this week, so if you are interested in making your own, be sure to sign up (at the top of my blog) to receive an email for that DIY tutorial) to the back so that i could personalize the beverage station for whatever holiday or party we are hosting!
This project is so fun and versatile, and would be a great project for a beginner skill level. Ready? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 – 1/2″ x2′ x4′ Sanded Plywood Board
- 3 – 1″ x2″ x8′ Common Board
- 1 Box – 1and 1/4″ x 18 Gauge Brad Nails
- 1 Twine / String
- 1 Paint or Stain
- 1 – 10 Quart Galvanized Pail
- Circular Saw
- 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer
- Drill Bits
- Measuring Tape or Carpenter’s Square
- Safety Goggles
- Sanding Block
- Reciprocating Saw
MEASURE & MARK:
Measure and mark the long and short frame boards, and the shelf braces from the (3) 1″ x 2″ x 8′ boards, and the three shelves from the 2′ x 4′ plywood board. (Reference the cut list).
Using a circular saw cut the legs, long and short frame boards, and the shelf braces from the (3) 1″ x 2″ x 8′ boards, and the three shelves from the 2′ x 4′ plywood board. TIP: Smooth any rough edges with a sanding block.
You should now have:
FROM THE 1″ X 2″ X 8′ BOARDS:
- (4) 1″ x 2″ x 28.5″ Legs
- (2) 1″ x 2″ x 16 Long Frame
- (2) 1″ x 2″ x 14.5″ Short Frame
- (4) 1″ x 2″ x 14.5″ Shelf Brace
FROM THE 2′ X 4′ PLYWOOD BOARD:
- (1) 16″ X 16″ Top Shelf
- (1) 14.5″ x 13″ Middle Shelf
- (1) 14.5″ x 13″ Bottom Shelf
PAINT OR STAIN:
Paint or Stain your pieces. I painted mine white and added a grain sack stripe using painters tape. To do this, tape off a line to be painted in the center. My center stripe was about 3/4″ thick. Paint your stripe, remove the tape, and wait for it to dry. I used 1″ thick painters tape to keep things easy. When your center stripe is dry, line the edge of the painters tape up with one side and cover the stripe you just painted. (the tape should extend past the stripe on one side.) On the side the tape extends, measure 1/4″ to create your small painted line, and place the second tape piece 1/4″ away from the tape covering the middle painted line. Paint the small line, remove tape, and repeat with the other side. (below is a picture after i’ve assembled the beverage station, but i wanted to give you a visual of the completed grain sack stripes.)
CREATE TOP SHELF FRAME:
Stand the (2) 16″ long frame boards on end and parallel to each other. Sandwich the (2) 14.5″ short frame boards between the long boards to create a 16″ x 16″ square frame and secure with a brad nailer.
CREATE LEG FRAMES:
Lay (2) legs flat 14.5″ apart. Using brad nailer, attach (2) 14.5″ shelf braces to legs with the first attached at 7.5″ up from the bottom of the legs (for bottom shelf) and the second attached at 17.5″ up from the bottom of the legs (for middle shelf). Repeat with the other (2) legs and shelf braces.
DRAW A CIRCLE IN TOP SHELF:
Mark the center of the 16″ x 16″ piece of plywood. Nail a nail into the center mark and a tie a string around the nail head on one end and to a pencil on the other end, ensuring that the string when stretched from nail to pencil is 5″ and draw a circle, keeping string tight. You should have drawn a 10″ diameter circle.
CUT CIRCLE IN TOP SHELF:
Next, using a 1/2″ drill bit, drill one hole inside the edge of the circle. Using the reciprocating saw, cut the circle out around the edge.
ASSEMBLE BEVERAGE STATION:
Place top shelf frame on flat surface and insert leg frames upside down into frame with shelf braces facing inward, keeping legs flush with the corners and top of frame. Secure with brad nailer.
Ensuring legs are secure, turn station over and lay (1) 14.5″ x 13″ section on top of the bottom shelf braces and secure with a brad nailer. Repeat with 14.5″ x 13″ piece for middle shelf. TIP: Attach bottom shelf first, then middle shelf.
Finally, place the 16″ x 16″ piece on top of shelf frame and secure with brad nailer. Assembly is all done!!
Now, you just get dress your beverage station up and personalize it! I had so much fun using it for the first time, and because 4th of July is right around the corner, i decided to do a little America pre-party to give y’all some fun ideas for hosting your own!
Time to put in the marquee lights and dress her up!
My brand new nephew even got in on the action. And of course, Tank wasn’t about to be left out either!
So, are you ready to make your own DIH Beverage Station yet?!
I can’t wait to see what y’all create!! We want you to get in on the fun and make one at your local Home Depot DIH workshop on June 16th and share it with us! Make sure you use the hashtag #DIHWORKSHOP on your social media posts so we can see your creations!
Don’t forget to reserve your spot, because they fill up fast!
Be sure to check out how all of these other amazing bloggers personalized theirs:
The Casual Craftlete Blog / Little Glass Jar / Fox Hollow Cottage / Twelve on Main / Just Between Friends / One Horse Lane (me) / The Crafting Chicks /
Family Food Fun / Inspiration for Moms / Petticoat Junktion / Our Southern Home / Artsy Chicks Rule / Iris Nacole / The Rustic Life / Domestically Speaking /
The Creative Mom / Live Laugh Rowe / Little Vintage Nest / One Artsy Mama / Dagmar’s Home / Fancy Farm Girls / All Things Thrifty / Whipperberry /
Lolly Jane / Landee See Landee Do /
I hope this has gotten your creative juices flowing!! Can’t wait to see all of you DIH easy beverage station projects! Have a great week y’all!