Turning a horsebox into a bar…

The pink horsebox…

It was a sunny October evening when we took the trip down to the New Forest to look at the pink horsebox. We travelled down all together in my dads’ car and wondered what we would find at the other end.

When we first saw the pink horsebox we knew it was the one, it was in perfect condition and the outside colour was like nothing we had seen on any other horsebox bars. We purchased the bar there and then, collecting it and bringing it home the very next day.

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Our wonderful pink horse box ready for the conversion!

 

We decided to do everything to the bar ourselves…

My dad, Dean, is a carpenter so we always knew he would be the perfect man for the job of converting the horsebox into a perfect event bar. When I look back now I wonder if he curses the day he said he would do it. Whilst it hasn’t been difficult as such, it has not come without some slight hitches along the way. Trust me, I’ve had many a freezing day stood on the drive painting the exterior of the bar – it’s not all as glamorous as it looks!

We started on the kitchen units first, finishing them off with our beautiful sparkling worktop. Then Dean worked on the bars on each side of the horsebox, whilst I painted the interior. The outside was in pretty much perfect condition, but we galvanized all the metal fixings to make them look shiny and fresh.

Nearly every Saturday morning for the past 6 months, all four of us have been working on the bar – we’ve also had extra helpers along the way including friends and other family members who have helped paint and clean the horsebox. We also owe a huge thank you to our wonderful electrician Joe, who kitted us out with a working sink and beautiful lights throughout the bar.

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Sticking to the theme…

When we first started doing the Bubble Bar we had so many ideas of how we wanted it to look, we would scroll through Pinterest every night, saving each photo of other bars that we liked. We made a huge mood board, and stuck a million colour charts to it for inspiration. But as time has gone by, the idea of how we first wanted the bar to look is long behind us.

Our initial ideas were filled with light pinks and copper details, but that was never going to work with a bar that had silver and dark pink exterior. Then we had our logo created and realised that grey and dark pink could work really well together.

We also planned sweet flower prints, and cute fairy lights, but in reality we needed stronger lighting and an exterior that would wow our customers!

We soon learnt that most of our plans were impractical, especially with the limited space that we had, so 6 months later and our bar is looking very different to how we first imagined it, but just as wonderful (if not more)!

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Nearly there…

It has taken us slightly longer than we hoped to convert the bar as the weather hasn’t always been on our side (typical English weather!), and with most of the Bubble Bar team having other full time jobs, sometimes the conversion had to be put on hold. However, it’s finally coming together and hopefully, after a few more Saturday mornings painting, the bar should be up and ready to hit all those summer events – Watch this space!

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