Today, we’re sharing how to create an outdoor serving station from an old workbench.
Honestly, we’ve had an outdoor serving station set up on the back patio for the longest time. We use it in almost every season. So, I wanted to share how you can create one too.
How to Create an Outdoor Serving Station with Salvaged Finds
Deciding to create an outdoor serving station really came together when I decided to marry several salvaged pieces, I picked up here and there.
The serving station is centered around an old workbench I found at a warehouse. The body was in great shape, but the top needed a bit of TLC.
After a lot of sanding, I painted the entire workbench in “off the shelf white” exterior paint. Then I stenciled the phrase “Gather & Enjoy” on the back board.
Adding Lights to the Serving Station
Once the workbench was finished, I decided we needed a way to have more lighting out on the back patio. Especially, around where we would be serving food and drinks.
The weather in Florida is pretty mild and whenever we’re entertaining, we have a lot of people come over in the early afternoon. Most of the time they linger way past my bedtime.
During the summer months it works out great because it stays lighter outside longer.
But once we lose an hour in Fall and Winter, it’s hard to see what’s being served unless we have a lot of candles and a good fire going.
Shortly after I found the workbench, I also found an old shutter style door with a wide top.
The minute I saw how wide the top was I knew it would make the perfect spot to hang a few barn lights.
I found the lights from Lowes at a really reasonable price and used Rust-oleum Spray Paint in Hammered Bronze to give the barn lights an aged look.
I asked my bestie S to help me attach the lights to the door. As always,
remember to use caution and care when working with wires, lights and electricity. Seek professional help if you are not comfortable with this step.
Adding a Chalkboard – Menu Board
Once we got the lights in place, we used an old chalkboard to cover the upper slats of the shutter style door.
Trimming the Menu Board with Tobacco Sticks
Then we used tobacco sticks to frame around the chalkboard in order to give it a more finished look.
Marrying Multiple Salvaged Pieces
Marrying these pieces not only gave us space to set up an outdoor serving station for food and drinks on the back patio, it also gave us a place for a menu board too.
Decorating an Outdoor Serving Station
As I shared above, we’ve used this outdoor serving station for so long, I can hardly remember what our patio looked like without it.
It’s been so nice to have a designated place to serve family and friends outdoors in every season.
We’ve used it for Fall gatherings,
as a potting station early Spring,
lazy Summer nights,
and even special occasion breakfast celebrations too!
I hope this post on how to create an outdoor serving station shows you just how easy it is to repurpose furniture pieces or salvaged finds you already have at home.
Let us know if you try something similar. We love to see what you’re making!
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