The Rustic Outdoor Kitchen Project

With the barn party deadline looming for a party when we first built the barn – we needed to come up with  a plan for our finishing our outdoor kitchen. It became a mad rush to finish up the outdoor kitchen before guests arrived.

Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
We started by making the frame from  2 x 4’s – using treated lumber for the bottom
Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
We used the same recycled materials to match the barn

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 – we want a rustic outdoor kitchen!

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.

Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
We added more of the old barn roof material for siding and trimmed it out to match barn

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 – 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.

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.

Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
We used the same recycled materials to match the barn
Rustic Outdoor Kitchen
Wooden countertop on and grill slid into place

All that was left was to slide in the grill – attach the top and the outdoor kitchen project was complete!

11 thoughts on “Building An Inexpensive Rustic Outdoor Kitchen

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  • August 4, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    We need outdoor kitchens in this heat. I live in Ohio as well. Where are you located. I live in Granville.

  • August 3, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    gorgeous kitchen

  • August 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I absolutley love this. My mom has been wanting an outdoor kitchen, in addition to the grill(s) that I have Freecycled for her. The idea you have would match her brick home perfectly. I will add a refrigerator and small sink (that will be attached to the garden faucet) to hers. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • July 31, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love the look of your outdoor kitchen. I love how it matches the barn. Great job!

    • August 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      And thanks for sharing this at the All Star Block Party!

  • July 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    What a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing.

  • July 31, 2012 at 5:00 am

    Nothing like a party to get you motivated! It looks great and I love that you repurposed the siding!

  • July 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you Cecilia – It is amazing how much you can finish up when your on a deadline 🙂

  • July 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    this is a fantastic out door kitchen, it looks like a million dollars!! awesome. c

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