A long spell of hot weather means we naturally live more outdoors, and much of the UK is experiencing the best summer we've had since 2006. So if you're entertaining in the garden this summer, how about your own wall-mounted drinks bar? We've found several that follow a slim design with links to either make your own or if you're not that adventurous but want to support recycling, then try the 'Loll Wallbanger' by Loll Designs who make all their products from 100% recycled high density polyethylene (plastic milk jugs). Apparently since 2005, Loll Designs has kept over 18 million milk jugs out of landfills. Fantastic.
Instructions for an alternative 'Upcycled Drink Station' (see photo above) with a simple construction by editor Ryan McPhail can be found on the Country Living Magazine website.
Diagrams on how to construct this using sheets of wood rather than recycling a drawer, have also been created and posted on the Home-Dzine blog.
To make your own, drop-down bar out of cedar wood, this link at This Old House has a video that shows you how – they call it a Murphy Bar. Made of naturally rot-resistant cedar, it also happens to be safe for food handling and, we think, very attractive to look at.
The Loll Wallbanger (made from recycled milk cartons) is named after the famous mixologist Duke Antone, who invented the Harvey Wallbanger in the 1950s. A hinged panel door doubles as a work surface and interior magnets hold it closed when not in use. The interior will store bottles and a built-in shelf will hold tools, glassware, and other bar tending equipment.
So, whether you make your own or buy one, these cabinets all have a slim design that would fit neatly onto most wall spaces, whether as part of an overall outdoor kitchen area or a small patio garden. Perfect for entertaining on a hot summers night.
This links to a post on our Facebook page, visit us there for more gardening news and inspiration.