How To Turn A Divan Bed Into A Garden Bar

This week, I built a bar! Yes, I made a garden pub from an old bed frame. I have put together a YouTube video sharing how to make your very own DIY garden bar from recycling a bed frame. A few weeks ago, I changed the bed frame in my guest bedroom.

I was going to bring the old divan bed frame to the recycling centre. However, I needed some wood to make shelves, and with the shops being closed, I decided to strip the fabric of the bedframe. When I removed the material from the bed frame, I got the idea to make a bar! The frame was a perfect height and shape to use as a base frame to make a bar.

DIY Garden Bar

When you strip back the bed frame, I recommend using fabric scissors to cut through the material. I used pliers to pull out any remaining nails and tacks. I then used a hammer to remove the old castor wheels.

The wood inside was quite rough, so I gave it a sanding to smooth it out.

How To Turn A Divan Bed Into A Garden Bar
How To recycle a Divan bed frame

I had purchased a reed/bamboo screen to cover the bar. When I opened it up, I realised it was see-through. I had to put my thinking cap on and make some phone calls. I was able to get loads of scrap wood from my uncles shed. I used my mitre saw to cut my wooden pieces to size.

I then used my nail gun to nail the wood to the frame. I made sure to nail the top, bottom and middle of each wooden piece to the frame.

How To Turn A Divan Bed Into A Garden Bar

I also used the same wood to create a worktop. I used my jigsaw to cut the worktops to the required size. I used my nail gun to tack them down, and I also drilled in some deck screws to secure.

Once I was happy with my frame, I gave a light sanding. I also used my scrap wood pieces to create shelves. I drilled in L Brackets to hang my shelves.

DIY Garden Bar

When I went to the hardware shop to get paint, I couldn’t get the shade I wanted. I bought the Cuprinol garden paint in the shade ” Pale Jasmine”. I mixed in some pink acrylic paint to create a pink shade.

I applied two coats of this paint to my bar and allowed it to fully dry between coats.

DIY Garden Bar
DIY Garden Bar

I was searching for bar stools online. I messaged my local pub to see if they had any broken stools that I could repair for my bar. I was able to get second-hand stools from, from a local seller.

They worked out at €20 each! A bargain for my garden pub. I also used some flower pots from the garden to style and decorate my bar.

DIY Home Pub
Garden Bar
Cute Garden Cocktail
How To Turn A Divan Bed Into A Garden Bar

You can have a look at my bar in more detail in my YouTube video. I will pop it below. Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you enjoy this project.

I hope you got some inspiration from this project. It is a fun way to recycle an old bed frame that would normally be chucked away. Let me know if you have a go at creating your very own DIY garden bar. You can share your projects on Instagram by using the #doingadainty. If you want to get more garden inspiration, then hit this link

Thanks for reading, Chat soon, Catherine.

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  1. daintydressdiaries
    March 18, 2021 / 10:51 am

    hi ladies! I would love to do a post on tools. However, I am always cautious when it comes to safety as I am not a pro with tools. I might do a “Whats in my tool kit video” or blog post.

  2. Robin
    March 18, 2021 / 12:24 am

    Me too- I would love to have a video about this! It had not occurred to me that I could have my own miter saw until I watched Catherine’s videos, even though my Dad, Brother, and Grandad are all novice woodworkers. Why not me too?!

  3. Katie
    February 8, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    Hi Catherine,

    I love watching your videos! They are so informative and creative thank you. Just wondering if you might make a video showing your power tools and advice on what they are best used for and where to buy. I am interested in getting some like you have like the mitre saw and nail gun but I dont really know where to begin or what brand etc.
    Thank you 🙂
    Katie x

  4. daintydressdiaries
    June 13, 2020 / 9:39 pm

    LOL, thanks Georgia! Thanks for commenting

  5. June 12, 2020 / 12:35 pm

    In times of Social Distancing … this is what the world needs!!! Brilliant!!! :-DDD

  6. daintydressdiaries
    June 11, 2020 / 10:27 pm

    Thank you for your lovely message! X I am so happy to hear you made the soaps 🙂

  7. daintydressdiaries
    June 11, 2020 / 10:27 pm

    You are so kind! Thank you, that dress is from Asos x

  8. Giselle
    June 11, 2020 / 11:42 am

    What an amazing young Lady you are,
    I am very impressed with your DIY skills .and all the rest of your skills,
    I made some of the soaps that
    you made the other day Lavender and Lemon ones, they so lovely and my hands feel so soft after washing with them ,Iove your beautiful home.
    Your cats are so cute love cats, i have a black cat he is my little fur baby. Have a lovely day looking forward to Yuor Video tonight. Buy for now .xx💐💐

  9. Mari
    June 10, 2020 / 3:00 pm

    What a great idea! Your garden is “goals”! I live in a big city apartment and have no backyard at all so I’m watching your videos/IG and dreaming to have a garden like yours in the future.
    Love your creativity and DIYs.
    May I ask where you got that lovely sheer floral dress from? xx

  10. daintydressdiaries
    June 10, 2020 / 10:50 am

    Thank you! 🙂

  11. VJ
    June 9, 2020 / 7:42 pm


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