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DIY Tiled Bar


Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic
Shanty 2 Chic

It’s football season and although we do enjoy a good tailgate party our favorite way to enjoy the games are from our patio! I wanted a space that would double as a storage spot and a place to entertain and thought an outdoor bar would be perfect! It makes a great spot for entertaining, it’s a great spot to gather and watch the game and my hubby thinks it’s pretty cool ;)

Note: If this is built for an outdoor space, be sure to use weather treated plywood.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Shanty 2 Chic's blueprints for this How-To! After cutting all of the boards, assemble the front panel and the two sides with pocket hole screws.

    2. Step: 2

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      Now, attach the sides to the front panel.

    3. Step: 3

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      Once the base of the bar is assembled, it’s time to add the plywood top (this will be covered with tile) and the shelves. I had Home Depot rip my plywood down. Then, I used my circular saw to make the cross cuts. Make sure to measure and cut for the shelves as you go.

    4. Step: 4

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      Attach the shelves with wood glue and pocket hole screws. To attach the trim on the front of the shelves and the top, I used my Airstrike Nailer and wood glue. Secure the top piece of plywood with wood screws. Measure and cut the trim as you go.

    5. Step: 5

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      There is an optional step to add stemware holders and it is a quick and easy step. I assembled them with wood glue and my Airstrike Nailer and attached them with the nailer to the bottom side of the bar top.

    6. Step: 6

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      To cut the cement board to size, use a box cutter to score. I did this 5-10 times with firm pressure. Once you have cut through about half of the board, you can just knock it a few times with a hammer until it breaks off. To do this, I secured the “keep side” of my cement board to my workbench with clamps, leaving the “waste side” hanging off of the bench. Now, attach the cement board to the plywood top with multipurpose screws. (I used HardieBacker Cement Backerboard for this).

    7. Step: 7

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      Now that the bar is constructed, it’s time for tile! I laid my tile out and cut it to fit the bar top with my tile saw. This saw is the BOMB and it’s perfect if you have a small workspace or don’t need a tile saw for every project. It’s easy to set up so you can store it and pull it out when you need it! (this tile is a marble hex that I found at Home Depot and I LOVE it)!

    8. Step: 8

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      I used a 1/4” notched trowel from my Hart Quick-Tatch Combo Kit to apply one layer of tile adhesive to the cement board

    9. Step: 9

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      Lay the tile on the adhesive and let it dry according to the instructions. When it dries, mix the grout according to the instructions and spread it over the tile with a float. Make sure to fill in all of the cracks.

    10. Step: 10

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      Let the grout cure for the specified time on the instructions and apply a grout sealer. I used a spray and it was super easy!

    11. Step: 11

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      The finished top.

    12. Step: 12

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      Inside of the bar.

    13. Step: 13

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      Add a couple of barstools and enjoy!

Comments (23)


  • Great looking bar.
    By averageguy, on September 11, 2014

  • It looks great!!!
    By Bdepriest26, on September 11, 2014


  • The ladies didvamazing job!
    By rana87, on September 11, 2014

  • Great Job!!
    By lugar10, on September 11, 2014

  • Great job, you make is seem so easy!!
    By sherristime, on September 11, 2014


  • Super cute!! This is exactly what I'm looking to build at the new house I just bought!! Thanks for the amazing tutorial!
    By theolasvegas, on September 12, 2014

  • Love the spray grout sealer tip
    By mickieb_60, on September 12, 2014



  • I'd like to have this outside on my deck, but I think for right now I'd rather have one in my kitchen to use as an island, with a few minor adjustments of course. And since I'm wanting to resurface my cabinets using chalk paint, I'd probably finish this in chalk paint. Very nice plan....now, If I just that Ryobi tool kit.
    By mygift2you_126183, on September 12, 2014

  • Would love this in my kitchen!
    By benitaco, on September 12, 2014

  • I want one! But I need the tools! :)
    By khaskins4_38524, on September 12, 2014

  • Love it! Now if I can just finish my board and batten project.
    By hifidigital, on September 12, 2014

  • Love it!
    By Mslynn85, on September 13, 2014



  • So easy!! Love it!
    By songmiracle, on September 17, 2014

  • My husband would love this!!!
    By Whites_2008, on September 18, 2014


  • love it!
    By nfsfvl, on October 24, 2014

  • Beautiful!
    By DrKurt, on December 28, 2015

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DIY Tiled Bar

by Shanty 2 Chic
Sep 08, 2014
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It’s football season and although we do enjoy a good tailgate party our favorite way to enjoy the games are from our patio! I wanted a space that would double as a storage spot and a place to entertain and thought an outdoor bar would be perfect! It makes a great spot for entertaining, it’s a great spot to gather and watch the game and my hubby thinks it’s pretty cool ;) Note: If this is built for an outdoor space, be sure to use weather treated plywood.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 66d0fe77 eb30 446f b1bc dfef4719df57

    **Exclusive Feature**: Click here to download Shanty 2 Chic's blueprints for this How-To! After cutting all of the boards, assemble the front panel and the two sides with pocket hole screws.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 2bd8d80e 1e90 4a43 bc6f 0d4f8627732c

    Now, attach the sides to the front panel.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 44af6456 35a6 4377 bd3c c5761a783bb4

    Once the base of the bar is assembled, it’s time to add the plywood top (this will be covered with tile) and the shelves. I had Home Depot rip my plywood down. Then, I used my circular saw to make the cross cuts. Make sure to measure and cut for the shelves as you go.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge a5db8995 b07f 433a 98e9 907ae4c4d1f9

    Attach the shelves with wood glue and pocket hole screws. To attach the trim on the front of the shelves and the top, I used my Airstrike Nailer and wood glue. Secure the top piece of plywood with wood screws. Measure and cut the trim as you go.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 00a085e7 840e 4e5a bef1 8f74890a8013

    There is an optional step to add stemware holders and it is a quick and easy step. I assembled them with wood glue and my Airstrike Nailer and attached them with the nailer to the bottom side of the bar top.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge ade2e327 a736 430a b8bd 6103dfbdd870

    To cut the cement board to size, use a box cutter to score. I did this 5-10 times with firm pressure. Once you have cut through about half of the board, you can just knock it a few times with a hammer until it breaks off. To do this, I secured the “keep side” of my cement board to my workbench with clamps, leaving the “waste side” hanging off of the bench. Now, attach the cement board to the plywood top with multipurpose screws. (I used HardieBacker Cement Backerboard for this).

  7. Step: 7
    Huge a882ccc8 2f66 44ed af91 d882e2418872

    Now that the bar is constructed, it’s time for tile! I laid my tile out and cut it to fit the bar top with my tile saw. This saw is the BOMB and it’s perfect if you have a small workspace or don’t need a tile saw for every project. It’s easy to set up so you can store it and pull it out when you need it! (this tile is a marble hex that I found at Home Depot and I LOVE it)!

  8. Step: 8
    Huge b7ef332f 78e3 448c 8032 e99562169cd0

    I used a 1/4” notched trowel from my Hart Quick-Tatch Combo Kit to apply one layer of tile adhesive to the cement board

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 62041778 9f41 4fc9 9608 118027b72e09

    Lay the tile on the adhesive and let it dry according to the instructions. When it dries, mix the grout according to the instructions and spread it over the tile with a float. Make sure to fill in all of the cracks.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 1f3146da a19a 462c b3cc 66f9aee0b13b

    Let the grout cure for the specified time on the instructions and apply a grout sealer. I used a spray and it was super easy!

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 6aa0aa94 5480 4774 84eb 3274de933ea9

    The finished top.

  12. Step: 12
    Huge 5b59ac88 bec6 42e7 95a4 abd24c17f974

    Inside of the bar.

  13. Step: 13
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    Add a couple of barstools and enjoy!