Pallets are often completely overlooked as building materials. Most of the time, leftover pallets from a construction job are just tossed in the trash. However, with a little creativity, it’s amazing what can be accomplished. That’s what hobbyist woodworker, Paul Nowak, from Sheffield, England proved recently when he built an entire bar out of them.
Using discarded pallets and other random scraps of wood, he managed to piece together one of the most beautiful outdoor drinking areas we have ever seen.
It’s a project that has literally made him famous. What started as just another basic DIY project has turned the man into an international sensation. Nowak shared the photos of his bar on Facebook, and pretty much instantly they started going viral. The Internet is in love with his amazing little pallet palace.
It cost him next to nothing to build it too.
In total, he spent just £92 ($112), which covered the roofing materials and the paint he used. All of the pallets and crates for the project were acquired for free. His friend who owns a bar also hooked him up with some other basic stuff like bar mats and assorted bar supplies free of charge. That definitely saved him some cash.
“I’d put down some decking in the garden and I’ve always wanted a bar in the garden so I got some pallets and knocked it together,” Nowak told LADbible.
When Nowak says he “knocked it together”, he means it.
While you might think a project such as this would take weeks or months to complete, in this case, he was able to complete it in just a few short days.
“It took me a couple of days after I got all the stuff I needed…” said Nowak. “I’ve always liked woodwork, I should have done it when I left school but I never did.”
However, that doesn’t make the outdoor bar any less impressive. That’s just the beauty of building with pallets. A lot of the work is already done for you. Creating walls is as simple as attaching the pallets together with a few nails, screws, and other woods scraps. It’s basically like building with legos, except on a much more massive scale.
What really makes the bar pop though are the decorations.
Nowak affixed all sorts of assorted beer logos to the sides of the structure. In addition, the pallets’ hollow nature makes them perfect for displaying wine bottles. It’s like they come with built-in shelves.
The atmosphere in the garden is pretty perfect as well for sitting back and cracking open a cold one.
Set up a couple of tiki torches out there, get some music blasting, and we imagine you could have quite a party.
Nowak also mentioned that it’s a good spot for some casual outdoor day drinking and barbecues with the buddies.
“When people come around we all just sit up there. It’s just a bit different, and it’s good for barbecues, especially in this weather,” said Nowak.
While this is the first bar he has ever done, Nowak hopes to do many more in the future. With the amount of attention he is getting from his first project, we imagine it could even end up being a possible business for him, turning his hobby into a full-time career.
There are plenty of people out there who would love to have a little pallet bar of their own out behind their house. For starters, you can add our name to the list. In the meantime though, we suppose we’ll just have to crash the party at Nowak’s place.
Check out Nowak’s original Facebook post sharing his pallet bar project below.
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