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Painting Timber Garden Bar with Thorndown Wood Paint

A garden bar has always been a fun addition to the garden, providing a social hub for entertaining. During the series of lockdowns when pubs and bars were closed, a garden bar at home created a fun space for relaxing and unwinding, or entertaining small groups outside when restrictions allowed.

Some timber manufacturers have specifically designed bars for the garden, and some home owners have converted a shed or even built their own.

Here we share with you some great bars that have been painted with Thorndown Wood Paint, making them look great and protecting them from the outside elements, whilst also making cleaning spills a lot easier!

Forest Pent Garden Bar – The Gin Bar

This garden bar designed and built by Forest Garden Products is made out of dip treated shiplap timber. The dip treatment will protect against rot but won’t provide any long-term protection from weather, so it’s essential to paint it with a good quality wood paint like ours.

Forest chose to paint the exterior in RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey Wood Paint and contrasted with Greymond Wood Paint on the interior for a cool, classy look. 

Then they had great fun styling it and turning it into a gin bar that you’d love to hang out and relax at.

We recommend 2 coats of Wood Paint for full exterior protection and you can get away with just 1 coat on the interior but a 2nd coat will increase the lifespan of the coating and depth and solidity of colour.

Then they had some fun re-styling and decorating it, turning it into a Club Tropicana theme where you could happily sink a few cocktails including the obligatory Pina Colada.

Spring Into Summer Bar with Wayne Perrey

On ITV’s hit primetime series with Alan Titchmarsh, Wayne Perrey (aka the TV Carpenter) joined the show as their DIY specialist showing how to make some fantastic garden structures. He began by constructing a large corner arbour then built a bar and outside kitchen to go with it.

He made the bar out of a timber frame which he clad with a flexible cladding panel to create the external structure. Wayne then built a bar top then painted all of the wood in Cavepool Grey Wood Paint before applying decorative gold foil to the bar top, then applied a top coat of UV Clear to protect it.

Finally he painted bar stools in Cavepool Grey and applied the same gold foil to the seats, matching it all beautifully.

The bar looked fantastic and went down very well with viewers!

From Shed to Bar

You can also convert an existing shed into your own pub by adding a bar, stools or comfy chairs then adding as much as you like from optics, to shelving for drinks and glasses, and even casks or a full draught system if you like.

The bar below was added to a shed in a Love Your Garden episode back in 2018 to the great joy of the owner.