I saw a bar on Pinterest made out of pallets. I have plenty of those in my hay barn along with a pile of scrape lumber. I was bored, so with no plan, and a friend was wanting one, I thought I give it a shot. The pictures really do no show justice. Sorry, I thought I had taken some pictures of the process, but can't find them. I HAVE to make me one! This gets pinned almost daily off of Pinterest!
This is the top of the bar. My friend wanted the bar and she wanted it to match some red & black bar stools that she had. I first beat the top up with a hammer and various blunt objects. Then I took some red paint and dabbed in the knot holes, and in the dents. I then took black paint and did my dry brush technique (explained under rustic doors). I then stained with a black stain. And finished with 3 coats of Poly.