This British woman has managed to build a bar in her back garden for less than she'd spend on a night out.
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DIY On A Dime By Liana Jacob **EXCLUSIVE** CHEERS TO THAT: This British woman has managed to build a bar in her back garden for less than she'd spend on a night out. On May 17, 2020, trainee teacher, Ashlea Butt (21) from Isle of Wight, UK, and her family impulsively decided to build their own bar and put an advert up on Facebook requesting if any friends had any pallets they could use. She was in luck when a stranger responded to her and sent her the thin boards for free and she got started on her DIY bar project. With the free pallets, paint, wood, ivy light string and accessories such as a leaf wall mount, cocktail shakers etc. she only spent £85 on the whole construction, which took just one week to complete. They managed to spend less on the whole project than Ashlea has spent on a big night out which was £130. With five of them in her family, they’ve all enjoyed a drink out in the garden during the sunny days of May. Even though new lockdown rules permit a group of up to six people to meet up as long as they are two metres apart, social distancing has remained very important to Ashlea, so she hasn’t yet invited her friends over to try out her bar. However, the reaction from people on social media has been positive and some have even tried to encourage her to make more and sell them. “We had been talking about the fact we wanted a garden bar for a couple of weeks and then my mum's friend told her she was building one in a garage, so I took to researching how we could build one using outside spaces and resources,” Ashlea said. “After researching, I thought of using pallets as the key material and the inspiration after that just came from searching DIY bars on Instagram. “It was an impulsive decision to put an ad on Facebook, requesting if any of my friends had any pallets and as soon as we received some from a stranger, we started to build it. “We started off with the main structure; lining up the pallets and screwing them together, then we came to the realisation we wanted to change the front to look a bit less rustic so we found interior cladding in B&Q - £5 a packet. “The only purchases overall we’ve made were the two tubs of paint costing around £30 altogether, the background fake ivy trellis from B&Q (optional) which was £35 and the light-up ivy which hung at the top of the bar from Dun Elm for £20. “All of the alcohol and decorations we had at home anyway; including the glasses, signage and shot glasses etc. The bar took us a week from start to finish to build for around a couple of hours a day. “We haven't had anyone over yet as social distancing is still important to us however there are five of us that live in my household and we have had evenings at the bar in the garden.” She admits that due to lockdown rules and shops being closed, some materials were harder to retrieve, but overall, the process was straight-forward. Ashlea says that spending time out in her garden bar makes life feel more normal. “The only hurdle was that resources and materials were hard to get hold of because of the pandemic and shopping queues were huge, which means we had to use click and collect services for most materials,” she said. “I think the essentials have got to be a cocktail shaker and ice bucket; perfect to make your drink and then keep your bottles cold. My favourite drink is a Passionfruit Martini or Strawberry Daiquiri (frozen style of course). “We have had a lot of positive feedback from people when posting it on social media. The guy who gifted us the pallets was amazed and said we should make more and start selling them. “It has bought us all together more as a family as we like to sit together in the garden and have some drinks and go in our hot tub; makes life feel a bit more normal like you are going on a night out. “[My tips are] Ask around, put ads on social media because most people are willing to give out pallets for free if they don't need them anymore to keep costs low, we also used old wood we had as the serving part of the bar and the shelving.” For more information visit: www.mediadrumworld.com ENDS