Once upon a time my backyard patio looked like this.
Now you may be saying, hmm, that’s not so bad at all.
But for us, the space was just a walk thru area, we used it only for grilling and a couple family parties here and there. The table was a dust catcher that was never used, and the bricks became overgrown with weeds. It soon stopped looking like that photo.
started came to look like this…..
It needed a major intervention. I would just die of embarrassment every time someone went out there to keep Mike company while he was grilling.
Over the winter I made a plan to convert the space.
I took a week off from work to tackle the project. This was back in June, so some of you may not have seen the in-progress posts. You can catch up or review (it WAS a long time ago) by reading this post at the beginning of my vacation, or here where I realized it was a huge project, then here when I made the barstools, or where I put the bar top together, and when I made the corbels or you can just click on Outdoor Kitchen Project in the sidebar and go thru all the posts that way, since I just realized there are way too many to include here!
Well, big surprise,that one week was not enough time to finish the job, and I’ve been slowly working out the details since then. I’ve promised a reveal time and time again, but never felt done enough.
This week not just one, but 2! of my blog buddies have revealed their awesome room makeovers, rooms they started AFTER I began this. Anita from Going a Little Coastal and Gina from Three Ring Cottage have
shamed inspired me to get off my butt and show the darn thing finally. (Make sure you check out their amazing reveals.)
So, at long last, may I present……..
Mike’s Outdoor Kitchen.
Curb found doors and shutters were used as the siding.
The countertop was topped with extra tile that was being tossed at work.
The stainless steel gas grill was the major purchase in this renovation. It was well worth the expense! We re-used the Weber charcoal grill we already had by cutting a round hole in an old metal cabinet and dropping it in.
Of course, the 40” TV built in to the garage wall where the window used to be was money well spent too. Just ask Mike!
The bar top was made from old interior panel doors, as was the prep counter on the lower side. The corbels were made from a curbshopped dining room table.
I used shutters and bi-fold louvered doors as cabinet doors below the counters. I was short one, but decided I like having an open area for display anyway.
The red market umbrella helps cut the glare from the sun and can be moved to wherever it’s needed. Someday I will add a pergola to this space. Someday.
The ladder barstools are my favorite, but be warned, they are a bit wobbly! I need to work on stabilizing them a bit more.
A kitchen sink with running water was a must.
Tiki torches and oil lanterns help keep the mosquitoes at bay during the evening.
The coach lights on the garage and a floodlight on the house give off plenty of light.
I had fun accessorizing with my junk collection too.
Some of the metal baskets I purchased in July came in handy for holding bottles and glassware on the bar.
This rubber stamp holder just needed a minor adjustment to work as a wine glass rack.
All I had to do was unscrew the base and move the wider section to the top!
This antique rolled paper holder became a handy paper towel holder.
Can’t have a kitchen without a scale..
And this is our latest addition to the space, a patio heater to extend the season. This thing really cranks some heat! We are getting some chilly weather lately.
It will probably always be a work in progress, but I’m calling it done for now!
Thanks to all my blog buddies who encouraged me throughout this very long project. I
wouldn’t couldn’t have made it happen without your support.
Edited to add: Several readers were concerned about the TV during the cold winter, we do plan on bringing it into the house to overwinter. Mike has a spot all picked out for it!
Another question was about the security of the area. Our yard is fully fenced and the kitchen is not even visible to passersby or neighbors.
We also plan to take the wooden bar top off to store indoors for the winter. The remaining structure will be protected by tarps.
I’m linking this up to these fun parties:
Gail’s Featured Follower party @ My Repurposed Life,
Donna’s Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Susan’s Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Meg’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack