(www.oldworldgardenfarms.com )When we first started to put down some initial designs on paper – one thing we didn't want was a typical brick, mortar or stone outdoor kitchen. We wanted
something unique, and we wanted it to match the existing barn and reclaimed brick patio. Even more – we wanted to make it from the left over recycled barn materials we already had on hand. The only other requirement was to make sure we had enough counter space on each side to be able to easily prepare food straight from the garden to the grill.
We finally decided on a simple straight line island design. 14′ long, with a 48″ grill and burner slide-in space in the middle. Each side would then be flanked by 5 foot overhanging counters. We made the width of the counter 34″ to give extra surface room to prepare and serve foods. With limited time before a looming barn party– we opted for a simple wooden top for now to match the farm table – however- as future time allows – we really want to replace with some stained concrete countertops.
THE BUILDING PROCESS
We first built a simple 2 x 4 stud frame, leaving a 48″ space in the middle and front for the grill and burners to slide in. We used treated wood for the bottom to sit on the brick pad – and then built the rest from standard 2x lumber. Next -we encased the inside of the grill area with cement board to protect the structure from the heat of the grill. Then sided the entire structure with more of the left over corrugated roofing and trimmed it out to match the barn.
All that was left was to slide in the grill – attach the top and the outdoor kitchen project was complete!
We needed to update our shelving unit in our pantry style cabinet. We had been dealing with something from the early 90's and it definitely wasn't helpful. We couldn't pull it out and it
was experiencing sagging. My husband built rolling shelves from leftover wood in the garage and some tracks from Lowe's. Then I lined them with leftover wallpaper from a previous project. The entire project cost around $32.00 because we used wood we already had laying around. Check out our blog for more information.
My husband and I recently took on the daunting task of building our own farmhouse kitchen table. Surprisingly enough, once we got into it, it wasn't really that challenging. Thanks to
step by step plans from Ana White, we were able to construct our new table in just a couple of weekends. For the full how-to and many more pictures please visit http://www.aswellplacetodwell.com/2012/07/di...