Balcony Bar Top

6 Materials
10 Hours

While we were living in our apartment, we decided to add a bar top to our balcony railing. This way we could save space and have somewhere to sit when we wanted to BBQ and eat outside! It came out better than expected ! Here's how I made it-

First I started with wood I found on the side of our house- free materials! I then screwed the pieces together to form a counter with a lip.

Next, I sanded the whole thing down.

Then I stained it. I went with a light color to keep a more natural look. You can choose whatever fits your style.

Finally I added the clear coat top coat. I went with an outdoor polyurethane because I wanted it to last since it was going to be outside. Now it looks great and is weather proof!

I then handmade the brackets to hook the bar onto the railing. It can also easily be removed if need be.

And that was it! Perfect fit! We set up some bar stools and our space is ready for outdoor fun.

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13 questions
  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 17, 2018

    How did you make the brackets? Pieces screwed together or welding involved?

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 17, 2018

    Now that is just too smart!!! love this. I need something like this for plants, but hanging on the outside. I love plants around my deck.

    BTW, you stated that you made the brackets but did not go into how...any welding involved? I put this in the question section too!

  • Cyn
    on Jul 17, 2018

    Want to know where to get brackets

  • Yvonne Crow
    on Jul 26, 2018

    I’m sanding down a wood table ad want to stain it black but the stun I used is not black enough. It’s ebony 2718 and it look nothing like the example on the can. I am now resending the table top any suggestions?

    • Edzon Plascencia
      on Jul 26, 2018

      All I can suggest is to let the stain sit a little longer. The longer you let the stain sit, the more the wood absorbes the color. Just be careful not to let it sit for too long or the stain will dry and you will not be able to wipe it off. There’s no exact time I could suggest to let the stain sit as temperature changes these dry times.

  • Jo An Clement Hays
    on Jul 26, 2018

    looks great.

    Where did you use the flat bar?

    Was it to make the hangers and support on the back?

  • Karen Glover
    on Mar 9, 2019

    I want to do this project, but I'm confused about the brackets, could you explain.

  • Melissa Oregan
    on Mar 24, 2019

    Hey! I have a question about how you made your brackets. did you weld them together or... can you give more detail? Or can I pay you to do another one for me? :D

  • Lana
    on Apr 9, 2019

    Explain how you do the hook type to support your diy project

  • Denise D.
    on Apr 11, 2019

    Nice project. I will do this one. Couldn't you just buy brackets at Home Depot or Lowe's and screw them on?

  • Gail
    on Jun 5, 2019

    Great idea. good job. If you are in a high rise, where do you store your tools??

  • Deborah Crysel Hancock
    on Jun 20, 2019

    It's hard to see the brackets. What supports the table part underneath?

  • Lucy Marie Bernier
    on Jul 8, 2019

    Nice work ! Is there any thoughts for someone. Who can’t make there own brackets ?

  • Lisa Lanney
    on Jul 31, 2019

    Just curious, what are the dementions please.

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  • Wanda Cox Roberts
    on Jun 12, 2019

    Very nice!

  • Sandra
    on Jun 13, 2019

    You did a great job! I love!

    Unfortunately i no longer have a balcony cuz of renovations and yhey decided to remove them, 😢

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