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OUTDOOR KITCHEN – HOW WE DID IT

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I have wanted to write/share a post on how we built our amazing Outdoor Kitchen literally from zero. Lots of visitors to the blog have been trying to create something similar, so I thought it would be helpful to share the step by step pictures of how we did it.

It’s been four years since we revealed our outdoor space. I know this post has been long due, so here we go.

OUTDOOR KITCHEN DIY

The photo above just shows you how we started this project. We wanted to create an outdoor space that we could enjoy while being out there during the summer. I love to cook, so having an outdoor kitchen was almost a must for me. And now, four years later, I could not be any happier with the outdoor cooking space we built.

We had a plan for this space but we are not designers/architects so plans were literally created in our head.

We knew that we wanted a two tear deck.

We knew we wanted long stairs that we could possibly use as extra seating opportunities.

We knew we wanted a pergola.

We knew we wanted an outdoor kitchen.

That’s all we knew.:)

Then we started demoing our old 10×10 deck and we started the whole process with building a lower level deck.

THE LOWER DECK

The pictures below show you how we started building the lower level deck.

THE STAIRS

Then we moved onto building a wide staircase from the lower level to the second level deck.

THE PERGOLA

Building the pergola was the most significant project – to be honest. My hubby is a real handyman, and I knew he could tackle it, but we had to do some research on how to start building a lower deck and what to do.

THE NEW UPPER DECK AND RAIL

We ended up rebuilding the upper deck instead of taking the paint off as we knew it was going to be a lot bigger job to scrape off the old paint than adding new wooden panels onto the deck.

THE FRAME FOR THE OUTDOOR KITCHEN

The most exciting part of the project. I had some inspiration images off of Pinterest that we used to create the frame and the look with the pergola and outdoor kitchen.

Phew. Just looking back at these photos I got tired haha. This was a big project and I still can’t believe that we did it all alone.:-)

The image below is current, took it yesterday ( July 2020).

We LOVE this outdoor space so much and we spend lots of time out here. I hope this post inspired you to create something similar!:-)

Q&A for the OUTDOOR KITCHEN

HOW DO YOU PROTECT THE outdoor kitchen APPLIANCES FROM RAIN?

We still have the original cover /tarp that we got with the appliances and when we have a big storm we cover the appliances. Yes, we have had several times when we could not cover the appliances due to not being home but our stainless steel appliances are still in great shape. (see pic above).

WHAT COLOR STAIN DID YOU USE ON THE DECK?

I have all the information listed in the OUTDOOR KITCHEN POST but here it is:

OLYMPIC ELITE WOODLAND OIL- KONA BROWN

WHAT SIZE IS THE LOWER DECK?

The lower deck is 16′ x 19′ in size.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all!!!

Xoxo

Aniko

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5 Comments

  1. Love this. Looks like you used 6×6 lumber for the posts. Did you use 2x8s for the boards connecting the two posts and 2x6s for the others?

  2. Wow-what a process! The end result looks amazing and I am so glad it worked out. We are thinking of also doing an outdoor kitchen just because I love to cook and it would be great to have. Thank you for sharing your journey!

  3. I love everything n your post!!
    What stone did you use around your deck/pergola and what kind of wood did you use for stepping stones? Thank you

    We are putting butcher block in and so happy I found your info on sealer! ???? thank you!

  4. I really liked your use of a pergola and cover as a way to have protection from the elements while dining outside. As much as I love the idea of hanging out with my family in the great outdoors, the weather in my area can be really unpredictable and might ruin a great outdoor barbecue lunch. If I’m going to have a patio and kitchen this good, I’ll definitely need to find a place I can get a patio cover from before I install the rest of the fixtures.

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