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Joined: Nov 21, 2006
Posts: 21
Posted: 2009-03-21 07:25 am   Permalink

i know the closest place to get anything tiki is at the mon kou restaurant, or possibly the Christmas tree shop.but every once and a while i come across something good. i plan on going to savers this weekend to look for some stuff.ill have to post what i find.

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Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 637
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-03-23 11:33 am   Permalink

I'll post this here as well, the total cost of this piece was 12 dollars!
Paper - $5.95
dye - $5.90
My time aint worth nuthin! lol

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Joined: Jan 29, 2004
Posts: 2094
From: San Pedro, CA
Posted: 2009-03-23 12:20 pm   Permalink

nice job tikiville! It turned out really nice! (and affordable!)

Howland did something similar, but instead of on paper - he painted his walls tapa style! Here's a link to his awesome DIY home bar:

check out his "how to" shots throughout - great ideas in there!

great ideas in this thread too!

OMG! I'm on Instagram!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Sep 22, 2008
Posts: 637
From: Edmonton Alberta Canada
Posted: 2009-03-23 2:00 pm   Permalink

yup he has some amazing ideas there!
Wish I owned the pad I got but with rent ya want to be kinda portable dig ?
Someday .....
I'll keep the posted photos coming of my next piece!

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 25, 2009
Posts: 116
From: Upstate New York
Posted: 2009-04-26 6:15 pm   Permalink

How to build a tiki bar on a budget - this is what it looks like. This is a relatively easy project, and took me several days, working 1-3 hours a day. It goes VERY quickly if you get your wood pre-cut and stain your trim ahead of time:

Here is is from the back. Notice that basically the tiki bar is a box on wheels. It's basic shape is made with 2 rectangles created with 2x4 lumber, one that makes up the front face of the bar and one that makes up the back face.

horizontal lengths (top and bottom) - 42 inches
vertical lengths (sides) - 35 inches
Connect these by overlapping the horizontal lengths over the top of vertical lengths, and connect these with nails or screws at least 3 inches long (you have to go through the top 2x4 and into the vertical length)

these rectangles are then attached with 2 2x4s on each side to connect the boxes and to brace them. One at the bottom, one around 20 inches up from the bottom. Your bracing 2x4x determine the depth of your bar, I chose 18 inch braces (and thus 18 inch shelves), because I felt this provided good stability without making bar so deep I would lose things in it. Again, make sure your connectors are long enough to go through both pieces of wood. I used screws for this. On the top of the bracing 2x4s, I put my two plywood shelves, which are 38 x 18 to make them fit perfectly. Screw these into the top of your bracing 2x4s.

I used 3-inch casters, which are solid enough to hold up to the weight of the bar. I connected these to my bottom 2x4 with 5 -2inch lag bolts for each caster (20 lag bolts total). Don't cheap out your casters or skimp on your connectors, this is the part of your bar that takes ALL the weight and cheap casters will break and too short or too small connectors will rip out of the wood.

My bartop is made up of 3 sheets of leftover laminate flooring. You can use laminate flooring, leftover hardwood flooring, whatever you want. It's hard to give correct measurements here, because your plywood base size is determined by the size of your bar material. Given that I didn't want to bother with cutting my laminate, I based my plywood size on the size of my material. I made a plywood base, slightly larger than the flooring/bartop, so that there is maybe 1/4 inch extra plywood on all 4 sides. My plywood base is around 48 x 26, which I think is about perfect. The laminate actually floats, and is held in place by the trim, which overlaps at the top of the laminate (horizontally) and over the side of the plywood (vertically). The trim was actually the most expensive part of my project, and was a special "L" shaped trim that most home stores (Lowes, Home Depot) sell by the linear foot. I screwed the plywood into the top of my "box" (be sure to center this correctly), placed my laminate on top of the plywood, centered it, and then attached the trim with finishing nails. I only trimmed 3 sides of my bar, and hot-glued several strips of bamboo in as my rear bumper (I had to make sure to leave a few extra inches of plywood to do this. I think the bamboo makes the bar unique, but you could simply trim the whole bar if you wanted).

I then used some leftover picture hanging wire and and eye screws (or whatever they're called) to make a railing on the inside of the bar, on the sides and front, 2 rows at maybe 3 and 5 inches above each of the two shelves. Then I stapled fabric around the sides and front of the bar. My wife kindly sewed 2 pieces of fabric together to make it fit.

And your bar is done!


2x4 studs, 96 inch lengths, 2.11 apiece - $8.44
plywood - 4x8 , 3/8 inch thick. cut to 3 required sizes (lots of extra) - $17.94
trim - 11 linear feet at 2.35 a foot - $25.85
small container of stain and polyurethane combined + small brush - less than $10
casters - 4.10 apiece - $16.40
picture hanging set - less than $10.00
bamboo - garden department (stakes) - likely less than $10.00
fabric - 3 yard (you'll have extra) at 3.49 a yard - $10.50
connectors - likely less than $15.00
laminate flooring (I used 3 sheets, case contains usually 6-8 sheets) - around $25

total price if everything was bought new- slightly less than $150.00

You can dramatically lower the price by using whatever leftover material you have laying around. I never counted it all up exactly, but I doubt I paid over 75 additional dollars for materials, as I simply used my extra "stuff". This is a flexible design that can be altered easily, so you can put your own spin on it with a minimum of effort. You don't need to put in the casters (just increase your vertical lengths by 3 inches to get the same height), but I like the option of being able to move the bar from room to room and it's still fairly stable. Just be careful not to make your bar so wide that it can't fit through doorways.

Tip #1 - A no-brainer way to level the bar is to build the 4 rectangles, then screw in the casters. Then, with the caster wheels on the floor and a friend to hold them vertical, screw in the braces. That way, all 4 caster are leveled and on the floor when you make the box.

Tip #2 - If you don't have a table or circular saw, most home stores will cut your large wood pieces for you. Mine did the first 2 cuts for free, then 50-cents for each cut after that.

Tip #3 - Most home stores almost always have laminate or hardwood clearance items laying around. You and several buddies could split the cost of a box for your bartop, the stain, and for the plywood. If none of you have a miter box for cutting the trim, you could split the cost of a cheap one (maybe $20)

Tip #4 - Most likely, you have leftover 2x4s, the picture hanging materials and some of the connectors you need laying around.

Tip #5 - Most fabric stores run serious sales and offer online coupons.

Good luck!


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Johnny Atomic
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Joined: Apr 21, 2009
Posts: 24
From: Los Angeles
Posted: 2009-04-27 5:37 pm   Permalink


On 2009-04-26 18:15, dcman wrote:How to build a tiki bar on a budget - this is what it looks like.

Very nice. I like yours better than mine.

Here's mine. Spent about $300 so far...


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blindy the pirate
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Joined: Jan 21, 2008
Posts: 160
From: Tallahassee FL
Posted: 2009-04-30 1:22 pm   Permalink

Now that spring is here, keep an eye out for stuff other people are throwing away.

Lately, I've been looking for rocks and cinder blocks. I really don't want to pay for rocks and it played off for me today when I came across these someone set out to the curb for trash day:

I haven't decided what I'm going to build with the cinder blocks yet. Maybe an outdoor fire place for the winter or building up a waterfall. But it seems that everybody is getting rid of cinder blocks right now. It has only been about a month since I started looking for them and this is what I got:

Total cost so far: $0.00.

I also find quite a bit of tiki torches people throw out and usually it is just the bamboo that is bad. The canisters and wicks are usually fine and can be used in home made torches.


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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
Posts: 1217
From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2009-05-12 08:30 am   Permalink

I picked up a 70's swag lamp at a thrift store for a song, but I mainly wanted it because the globe was round and perfect for my project. I then picked up a cotton basketball net and a new swag lamp kit. I was originally going to wrap the top part of the lamp (that held the socket)with a similar rope. Now as I write this I realize that I didn't do a step, but it's not crucial, I can dismantle the lamp and do this: stain the rope. I was thinking of a tea stain to give the rope a used and dirty look. Well, my project just sat on the side and after I constructed it, I realized that it just didn't look right. Then one night at Trader Vic's I spied this lamp (with the raffia shade):

So with some left over grass railing skirt wrapped around the top, I came up with this.

And here is one with the flash so you can see how the globe topper is wrapped. I uses twisty ties to secure them. I also have a 40w CFL in it, I think it gets too bright so I might switch down to a lower watt.

I don't think it's perfect just yet, I think I can wrap the grass skirt better and maybe add another "ring" around it to see if that thickens up the shade. But you get the jist and see that it's easy to make a false globe float lamp. It depends on the make of the glass (mine is wavy) but if you get a clear enough globe (and big enough around) you could possibly put a puffer lamp inside.

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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2009-06-11 09:50 am   Permalink


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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 337
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-06-11 11:30 am   Permalink

Really cool, John. Have you also thought about frosting the globe? Might look cool if you frost it on the inside (then you'd still get the reflective highlights from the ripples on the outside of the globe while softening the actual illumination.

Or you could add other sealife (instead of puffer fish) inside the globe. A few strategically placed starfish could look really cool too.

Or you could leave it as it is because it's really cool.

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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2009-06-13 10:20 am   Permalink

I thought about frosting it. It's easy to take a part if I want to do that. I have been thinking of a puffer, but worried that it won't be visible enough inside to tell what it is.

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Beach Bum Scott
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Joined: Oct 28, 2008
Posts: 307
From: The Ranch in CO
Posted: 2009-06-13 10:35 pm   Permalink

Here is my budget corner, other than the swag kit everything was found at thrift stores.

Plants were a big one that I split 5.00.
Baskets are trash cans after a little torching 2.50 each.
Chair 4.99
The velvet paintings were 3.99 each.
Bird perch basket 1.99.
Bird .99
Swag kit to make lamp 12.99

Oh yea I did all the basement walls for less than 80.00, the most expensive thing in the room was the thatch on the bar roof...

Just the lamp

A link to the basement build

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Oct 25, 2005
Posts: 119
From: Ann Arbor Michigan
Posted: 2009-06-17 6:58 pm   Permalink


On 2007-06-01 07:05, mzoltarp wrote:
Big Lots has great sea grass mats (roughly 2 1/2 feet x 6 feet) for $1.00. They are great for covering walls, fences, plastic tool sheds, etc.

You're talking about the mats with the hibiscus trim (four colors: orange, pink, light blue & purple), right?
I picked up one of each color (so far, anyway). Not sure what I'll use them for but am considering using them
for "tablecloths" on tables in my eventual tiki bar. Not really using it to make something new but rather a
reuse for something other than its intended purpose, I guess.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 22, 2007
Posts: 226
From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2009-11-18 5:31 pm   Permalink

Bump. Too much great stuff.

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uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
Posts: 2276
From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2010-03-06 4:26 pm   Permalink

Time for a bit of a bump. Big Lots has bamboo. Comes in twelve pieces per bag in five foot pieces. That's sixty feet. Sizes range about a half inch diameter, some bigger some smaller. Five bucks a bag. For those of us in bamboo deficient areas and on a small budget this could go a long way on a small project.
"Anyone who has ever seen them is thereafter haunted as if by a feverish dream" Karl Woermann

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