Design Moments in my Kitchen Nook with my Indoor Outdoor Bar Cart

You may have spied one fabulous little bar cart in my Outdoor Oasis Reveal a few days ago, and I'm excited to share the details about this beauty! I think my two favorite things about this cutie are that it's actually meant for outdoor use and that I nabbed it at a serious discount from one of Wayfair's Daily Sales. Somehow when furniture is able to live outside, but looks as if it is meant for inside use, it makes me ridiculously happy. It makes me feel like I will reap the reward of durable construction and get the benefit of using it for multiple things and in more than one spot. 


Favorite Finds for a Staycation from Wayfair Daily Sales

I have the great outdoors and entertaining on my mind, and I'm determined to find myself every single possible luxury I can for my personal staycation, and I would like to find these things for as few dollars as possible! Of course... 

I am a deal finder by nature. I will research the best deals on something till my scrolling fingers are tired and then start again once I have rested. No joke. I personally scour the Wayfair Daily Sales almost daily because I'm a tad cuckoo like that, but for the rest of you normal things out there, you might like to scan the daily sales headlines to see if something appeals to you and then of course do a happy dance when you find a screamin' deal. My barcart was one of those happy dance inducing items for me and I did indeed gt a screamin' good deal on it! 

Above you can see some of my staycation staples and current faves from the daily sales that are happening right this minute. The individual links for these beauties are further down but most of these items come from the Outdoor Furniture Favorites Sale. If you are looking for some fab stuff at a great price, you are welcome to sign up for the daily sales using the email submit form below! It's a tad addicting, but totally worth taking on a new obsession if you are in the market for anything home related! 


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I was provided with a gift card from Wayfair, all opinions and staycation dreaming are 100% my own! 

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As I mentioned in this post, with baby on the way, not many 'actual' projects have been getting done around here... But, I have been doing my fair share of shopping in the meantime. Gal's gotta keep busy, right? One of the many problem areas of my home is the extreme heat we face in the backyard each summer. With temperatures in my regions climate starting to climb, this has been a looming concern for the last couple of months. 

Since we are currently renting our casa, building a permanent structure, like this, is out of the question. With the occasionally very windy day, a ready-made version of a gazebo, like this, becomes problematic as well, not to mention our patio is just a tad too large for one to suffice, and so there's that... We would need 2 and really have no way to secure them adequately. 

The cantilevered umbrella seems to be a very viable option except that the price point puts most of them well beyond reach and I still need 2 to provide enough shade to make the backyard sufferable. 

Then I found these gorgeous specimens at IKEA... Sold! $200 for a pair, plus the cost of pavers to provide proper weight for the bases, about $16, and I am still coming in at a fraction of the cost of just one cantilevered umbrella from another retailer! Score! 

Ask me how long it took me to send the hubs down to the nearest IKEA to get these beauties? About 5 seconds... yep! done and done! I chose the white variety since the fabric is washable and I think white tenting and umbrellas look quite resort-chic... LOVE them. 

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These are a beautiful way to store your recycling until recycle day! They can also be used to store craft papers, toys and fabrics! Think of your own clever use!


You can get two bins out of a full sheet of ply.

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Dimensions for This Project
  • Circular saw or Table saw
  • Jig Saw
  • Nail gun
  • Half of a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" ply for 1,
  • OR 1 and a half sheets of 1/2" ply for 3
  • Chalkboard tags or paint
  • 1" finish nails 
  • finishing supplies
Cut List

All cuts are made from 1/2" ply


  • 2 - 18 1/2" x 11 1/2" (sides)
  • 1 - 9" x 23" (front)
  • 1 - 23" x 15 1/4" (top)
  • 1 - 23" x 12 (back)
  • 1 - 23" x 15" (bottom)

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Mark your side boards as pictured above and cut along the lines. You can either use your jig saw to cut out the hole thing (just drill a hole inside where the handle will be so that you can get your blade in it) or use a 3/4" paddle bit to drill two circles, and then use your jig saw to cut a line between them to create the handle). You'll be making two of these.

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Attach the front to the sides with glue and 1/2" finish nails. 

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Attach the back, with glue and 1/2" finish nails.

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Attach the top, using glue and 1/2" finish nails.

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Turn the bin over, and attach the bottom, gluing and nailing.

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Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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