Beverage Station

Are you ready for summer?!

With it warming up and kids getting out of school, it’s time to think of the Outdoors. That’s right – this month’s Lowe’s challenge centered around several topics, including Outdoor Party Decor. The hubby and I worked together to come up with this next idea and decided a Beverage Station would be perfect. This is what we came up with:

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Pretty awesome, right?! When the hubby and I work together we can usually do some amazing things, and I’m glad I had his assistance on this one. I mapped it out in my head and the hubby knew the exact parts that would make it work. We ended up in the plumbing section for most of the parts, but what was great about this project was that we were able to put it together in about 10 minutes. Sweet, right?

Here is what you’ll need…

SUPPLIES:

- Beverage Tub

- Pails

- Galvanized Pipes (Lowe’s)

- Galvanized Connectors (Lowe’s)

- Galvanized End Caps (Lowe’s)

- J-B Weld

DIRECTIONS:

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1. Gather your supplies.

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 2. We used Original J-B Weld to glue this piece to the bottom center of the large bucket. Before we glued it we cleaned both surfaces and lightly sanded it just to rough up the surface (Refer to the J-B Weld instructions on the back for more clarification and tips). We used this connector piece to put in a large piece of pipe where the smaller buckets would hang off of. We let this dry overnight.

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{This is also easy to put away! Just unscrew the bottom pipe from the bucket and twist the pipes so they are the same direction to put away!}

3. From there we connected all the pieces we had. Depending on what height and the length you want each piece to be will help you know which lengths and sizes of pipe you need. We wanted ours to have four pieces of pipe to hang off of so we put everything together using the 4 way connectors. We also added the end caps to each end piece of pipe. We also screwed in our center pipe into the bottom center of the bucket.

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4. Then we filled the bucket with ice and soda.

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5. We also filled our smaller buckets with our paper goods including napkins, plates, cups, straws and silverware.

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6. Then we hung each smaller bucket off of the pipes.

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My daughter joined me for the photo shoot and helped herself to a nice, cold drink as well. Too cute, right?!

I’m so happy how this Beverage and Paper Goods Station turned out. It was so easy to make and could be used for any event from a BBQ to a Holiday Get Together. And the paper goods can be switched by color so easily for any event.

Gotta love functional and versatile Outdoor Decor!

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ENJOY!

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  1. 1

    I just wanted to say that I think this is such a great idea. I especially love the buckets! Thanks for sharing!
    Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys recently posted..Mustache Baby ShowerMy Profile

  2. 2

    This is such an awesome idea! I can’t wait until we have a backyard. This will definitely be something I use all the time..
    Shar recently posted..Fun StuffMy Profile

  3. 3

    This is sooooo clever!! Way to go my friend!
    kisses
    heather
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  4. 4

    This is a great idea. A must have for sure especially with little kids at a party. Thanks for posting.

  5. 5

    This is genius! What a great idea. :)
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  6. 6
    Melissa in NJ :

    Kristyn, this is SO CUTE. And clever. (Your daughter is adorable!) I am going to make this. Might make another one for a towel station at my pool or at the hose for camping. Love it! thanks for the clever ideas!! Keep ‘em comin’!!

  7. 7

    Totally in love with this idea – so fun!! I need one.

  8. 8

    Awesome idea!!

  9. 9

    I absolutely love this idea! So fun AND practical! Thanks for sharing…and making summer get-togethers better. :)
    Kelly
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  10. 10

    Great idea … it frees up table space too!
    Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff recently posted..Birds on a BranchMy Profile

  11. 11

    This is adorable. Did you get all the supplies from Lowe’s and what was an estimate of the cost?

  12. 12

    Just love this idea… Thank you for sharing. I can already see how something like this can be so useful for some events I have coming up.

  13. 13

    Just wondering where you found your pails. I live in a pretty remote area so wondered if there was an on line site to fine them.

  14. 21
    Angela hickorytrailblog.blogspot.bom :

    This is the coolest idea ever! Angela

  15. 22

    I LOOOOOVE this so much and I am headed to Lowe’s tomorrow!! I was wondering what diameter and length your galvanized pipe pieces were that you used. They look to be about 3-4 inches long in the picture, but it would be great to know the diameter as well :) Thanks a bunch!!

  16. 23

    SERIOUSLY one of the BEST ideas I have seen in a long time! Way to go girl!!!
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  17. 24

    This is great! so glad I ran across- I just saw this in a store that I almost bought at $70. It was actually a towel rack for the pool- only difference were the bars were a little longer. Now I can make it myself! Thanks… now I will have 2 uses for it!

  18. 25

    This is so cute! Love the beverage idea, but ,like Susan, I have also been looking for a pool towel holder like this too! I was thinking of making one with pvc pipe, but the galvanized looks sturdy and I like your point about being able to turn them to line up for storage! I’m thinking the large bucket will be good for the pool toys, while the towels hang above! My only question is, I’ve never used J-B Weld before, does it hold up well?

    • 26

      A towel and pool toy holder would be awesome!! The JB Weld is great. We put on a bit to make sure it worked and let it set for 24 hours just to be safe but it holds up great!!

  19. 27

    Do you have a rough estimate of what the finished project cost? Thanks

  20. 28

    Wouldn’t this be a cool planter too?

    • 29
      Cynthia Crady :

      Now that would be a great idea! This would have been super for our sons graduation parties, but now that they are grown with kids of their own they would make great gifts for them and a great place for flowers for us!

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    Felicia Rodriguez Price :

    Curious, I have very rough boys so I am thinking of alternative holders for the items than the buckets. The buckets are so cute but I can just see them tipping them over every time they were to grab a cup or utensil. :)

  22. 31

    I live this!! I would like to make several to give as gifts (house warming!), can you tell me what the cost was to make?? Thanks!!

    • 32

      Hi Cristina!
      I think in the end it cost about $80, but that included the beverages, ice and paper goods. I didn’t have any of the supplies and had to buy everything to make from scratch but I’m so happy how it turned out. :)

  23. 33

    How did you screw the pole into the bucket?

  24. 35

    This looks awesome! I may have to add it to the list of backyard projects. I found you over at Somewhat Simple’s link party.
    Great Job.

    Tammy @ thecoloreddoor.blogspot.com

  25. 36

    I love this beverage station. It just screams summer patio party:) We love entertaining on our patio and this looks like a fun idea.
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  26. 37

    What a brilliant idea! (and manly enough for the hubby to appreciate). I’d love if you’d come and share at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31. http://organized31.blogspot.com/2013/06/inspire-us-thursday-link-party-4.html
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  27. 38

    Oh my goodness, that is GENIUS. Also, your kiddo is adorable!
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  28. 39

    This is a great idea! About how much do you think this cost all together? Without the soda and paper supplies. Thank you!

  29. 40

    This is BRILLIANT!!! I love it! I am so going to make this. Thanks for posting.

  30. 41

    Just made two of these over the weekend. One for my sister-in-law’s birthday, made hers to accommodate towels since she has a pool. Made one for myself for drink/table ware station. My total cost was $80.79 that include state tax. I was able to save a little by getting two tubs at a flea market for $10 each. The only thing I did different was add a base to the bottom of a small paint can so I could attach it to the top as a flower vase, if I don’t want to do flowers I can just cap it off as shown. I loved this project, so easy, useful and cute. Thanks for the idea.

  31. 43

    so smart, cute & darling!!! love it.

  32. 44

    oh my goodness, this is absolutely adorable! What a wonderful idea! I would be honored if you share this at my link party, Ginger Jamboree!

  33. 45

    The glue is really strong enough to hold up the pipe? It seems like it would fall over. I’m hosting a family bbq this friday and this would be really cute if it actually works.

    • 46

      It definitely works!! The glue is made to be VERY strong and never gave us any issues. Now, if a kid starts jumping and pulling and swinging from it I’m not sure if it would hold, but it wrked great for our paper goods in the buckets. :)

  34. 47
    Cynthia Crady :

    This is just so clever! This would have come in so handy when we had our sons graduation parties! So clever!

  35. 48

    I am so happy I could finally find this again! I am going to try and do something similar for my outdoor wedding! This is fantastic!

  36. 49

    Where do you get those cute little buckets?? I love everyone else’s ideas on towel holder for the pool and a planter! Can’t wait to make at least one!

  37. 51
    Rebecca smith :

    Hi! I LOVE this craft, however…..
    I know many people have asked you and I’m not sure they’ve been answered, but my question:
    What size pipes did you use? I am a person that likes direction and clean, cut directions at that. I got that the center pole was about 4 feet, but what diameter and what about the others? Also, I’m in Oklahoma and the lowes I went to here did not carry the 4-way connector. I plan on going to ace hardware to find everything.

    • 52

      Hi Rebecca. The pipes we used were about 1 inch wide. I would give you exact measurements but the station stayed in AZ when we moved. We know people like to do things the way they want and know that any size pipes work as long as you get the connectors that fit it. If Lowes doesn’t have the 4 piece connector, I would definitely try Ace. We were able to find everything we needed in the piping section at Lowes and they had a ton of every piece. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions. :)

  38. 53

    I would be interested to know how the weld held up. Has it been in use long? Or does it have to be redone every year or so. Thanks, love the idea.

    • 54

      We actually ending up leaving this (along with half our house) to family and friends when we moved this summer, but from what we know it’s still going strong. :)


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