An Outdoor Drink Station from a $5 Whaaaat?

I’m leaving on a jet plane tomorrow for my first ever blog conference but don’t worry I have the hubs all set up to play househubs of San Diego in style with the addition of an outdoor drink station. This is the final project in the outdoor living room that we are loving. I promise that first thing on my list of to-dos when I get back is to photograph the entire space so I can share it in all it’s glory 🙂

We desperately needed a surface to serve beverages and snacks from that was out of reach of the kiddos. Then last weekend my neighborhood was having one of those everyone throw their stuff out front and sell it days. I found out about it too late to throw my crap out in my front yard but that didn’t stop me from shopping! Of course I started down my hill and hit about 20 garage sales in a big loop and found this $5 diaper changing table at a house about 3 houses up the hill from me. Ha! Go figure.

outdoor entertaining

I knew right away it would make the perfect backyard beverage station and I was in need of a place to serve my summer cocktails! So I took it home and quickly decided that I wasn’t even going to go through the hassle of sanding and painting. It was in pretty good shape with a slick tough coat of white paint that will hold up outside better than if I sanded and painted it myself. It needed a little something though so I grabbed by favorite bright green craft paint (also outdoor resistant, by Martha Stewart) and came up with a plan.

outdoor bar cart

I was inspired by some pillows with a hand painted pattern on them and wanted to recreate it here. I didn’t want it to be perfect. So I started by taping the first two lines, but it looked too deliberate. And I would have had to wait for the paint to dry between each set of lines and well, that just ain’t me, so I went for it freehand.

upcycled diaper changing station to outdoor bar cart

Then I wanted the bottom to be different so I got out my pouncers (the same ones I used on the painted pillows that I did awhile back) and pounced some large polka dots on the bottom shelf.

outdoor entertaining must haves

The only thing we added was a wall mounted bottle opener from World Market. I may add hooks or a bar for towels later, but for now I wanted to keep it super simple.

outdoor living room decor

It is going to be the perfect place to serve from when we are entertaining this summer! And the bright fun colors go perfectly with the rest of our outdoor living room.

how to make an outdoor bar cart

Pretty much scored on this one!

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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

11 thoughts on “An Outdoor Drink Station from a $5 Whaaaat?

  1. I love the changing table idea. I am also going to revamp the main bathroom in my home this spring and yours look similar to what I have. I will use some of your tips when we start demo. Love your site.

  2. […] Speaking of entertaining, we needed a spot to serve drinks!  My first thought was to build a small sideboard, but when I saw this changing table at a garage sale for only $5, I knew I had to reinvent it, and it became our outdoor drink station! […]

  3. […] Lastly, I used the eraser end of my pencil to make green dots all the way around my pallet.  These bright colors tie into the fun colors I used on my drop cloth outdoor curtains and my outdoor drink station. […]

  4. Very cute! I actually have a changing table my family has never used and was going to get rid of it. (It’s taking up valuable closet space.) But now I think I’ll turn it into an outdoor drink station. Thanks for the idea!

  5. […] how much I paid for this puppy and how easy it was to transform you can read all about it in my “An Outdoor Drink Station from a $5  Whaaaaat?” post. This outdoor drink station has been the perfect spot to set up drinks or munchies and is out […]

  6. […] On the other 2 sides I used my handy dandy polka dot makers (aka pouncers) and made some polka-dots just like I did on my outdoor drink station. […]

  7. What a cute idea!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Such fun and cute colors- love the whole thing. Awesome transformation!! I am totally keeping my eye out for something like that…

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  10. A changing table makes a PERFECT beverage station! Love the paint job you gave it and love all the accessories! Super cute and so fun!

  11. Heather says:

    I’ll need my changing table for baby 2 due Sept30, but at least now I know what I’ll do with it when we no longer have diapers. It’s very similar to the one you found (with the addition of a drawer).

    1. Oh a drawer would be so great to have! Think of it as motivation to get through the potty training stage 🙂

  12. Love the final element! And that’s so awesome it came from a changing table, ha!

  13. Hi Corey, this is really cool! Very crafty, easy and at a perfect price 🙂
    Thank you so much for coming by and letting me know about my blog buttons, I had no idea they weren’t working properly. I’m pretty sure I got them fixed. Following you (your buttons worked perfectly). Have a wonderful rest of your week.

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