We’ve had this outdoor serving station set up on the patio for so long, I almost forgot I haven’t had a chance to share how you can create one too. It really all came together when I decided to marry random bits of salvaged pieces I had picked up over the course of a few weeks.
The serving station is actually an old workbench. I originally bought one to sell in my booth. You may remember it looked like this…
until I gave it a makeover and then it looked like this…
As soon as I sold it I kept wishing I had another one for the back patio to use as an outdoor serving station. A few days later the owner of one of my favorite shopping places called to say they had received a second workbench and she would hold it for me. I was totally excited! Once I got it home I gave it a similar makeover to the previous workbench and we’ve been using it on the patio ever since.
When we’re entertaining we have a lot of people come over early afternoon and they usually linger until way past my bedtime. During the summer months it works out great because it stays lighter longer but once we “fall back” and lose an hour it gets tough to see unless you have a lot of candles and a good fire going.
Shortly after I acquired the second workbench I found an old shutter style door that had a wide top, which made the perfect spot to hang a few lights. I picked up these lights from Lowes and spray painted them in Rust-oleum’s Hammered Bronze.
And we attached the light fixtures to the old shutter style door. Remember to use caution and care when working with wires, lights and electricity. Seek professional help if you are not comfortable with this step.
Once we got the lights in place, we used an old chalkboard to cover the upper slats of the shutter style door.
Then we used tobacco sticks to frame around the chalkboard in order to give it a more finished look.
Marrying these two pieces not only gave us space to set up a food and drink area on the back patio, it also gave us a place for the menu board too.
It’s been so nice to use it for Fall gatherings,
Winter dinners with friends,
and early Spring.
See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share a few ways you can celebrate Spring indoors with vintage and salvaged finds!