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We have this little space at the lake house right outside the kitchen door. It is a perfect spot to sit and watch…and listen. We don’t have a very large kitchen so this space is perfect for pulling up a stool to eat (and drink ;) We made this super easy bar area about 4 summers ago…it has served us well. It would be great on any deck….not that much material and you can get it finished by Miller time for sure:)

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We cut several pieces of treated lumber about 18inches long. Screwed into the railing of the deck. When we had most of the boards secure…we took another pieces of treated wood and secured it underneath (screwing from the top down). This gave the bar more stability. Ours can comfortably fit 4 adults…sometimes we squeeze a couple more in.

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I got this cotton tablecloth at Ikea a few years back…along with some heavy duty magnets. I had to cut the tablecloth in half so that it would hang right. Makes it so nice because I can just toss them in the wash..and they are ready for another weekend.

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The lanterns were also from Ikea a few years back…and the stools.

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All ready for the 4th! What are your plans???

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. what a great project! LOVE the fact that you were able to add so much seating in such a simple and affordable way! Totally wish I had a spot to do this!

  2. I like it! Love that the tablecloths make it comfortable for leaning, etc. Nice! Do you bring the stools in or do they weather well?

  3. This is fantastic!! Totally rustic~casual. I love it! It would so fit with our backyard. Great project =)

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  5. Great idea, Tracie! And I love the patriotic table decor too!

  6. Wow Tracie!! You made this sound pretty easy to do, and it looks great! (I also have those same lanterns from IKEA – love them, especially when they still keep the candles lit on a windy evening!)

  7. Love this outdoor bar idea! It looks great!

  8. Very clever indeed, and a lovely spot to sit and watch the water!

  9. Ooo, that’s too cool! I love your bar and I’ve got this linked up to my patio projects roundup post too today – for inspiration!

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