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Why I Love Our Outdoor Kitchen

The theme for my blog this month is summer entertaining. With summer just around the corner, it is the perfect time to get everything ready outside for outdoor cooking and entertaining.

Why I Love Our Outdoor Kitchen

Most of you know how much I love to cook. (Although I should admit that I like to entertain more than just cook.) About ten years ago I talked my husband into adding an outdoor kitchen to our backyard. We already had the barbecue and smoker so adding the outdoor kitchen really meant we were adding the island with the counter and a few kitchen items. It’s one of my favorite “rooms” in our home as I enjoy outdoor cooking so much.

Outdoor Kitchen Design

Outdoor Cooking

We added this island and what a difference! The island has two different counter heights. One for seating (or without the chairs, it makes a perfect bar height) and one counter for prep. I also added storage space, an ice maker, and a refrigerator. Usually, it doesn’t have so many plants but I couldn’t resist when I styled it today!

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Cooking

This is the side that already existed with our green egg and 48″ DCS grill. I call it our outdoor grill station. just had the inside of the grill redone because a lot of the parts had kind of deteriorated in the last ten years. I have everything I need for outdoor cooking. It looks almost brand new now!

Outdoor cooking in the Outdoor Kitchen

I did add the two burners on the side of the BBQ when we build the kitchen island. I don’t think I really needed these but it seemed like a good thing to do at the time. It is nice to have the burners to saute veggies but often I end up grilling almost everything for the meal! As long as I can spend my entire time outdoor cooking then I am happy.

One of the items that I really searched for were the stainless drawers and cabinets. I looked everywhere and found the best prices on Amazon. You can shop here to see what I mean.

Outdoor Kitchen View

All of the brick is original to our house from a hundred years ago. We found a brick chimney in the middle of our home when we re remodeled in 2000 and we used the brick for our outdoor fireplace and patio. We had some leftover and I am so happy we kept it so we could use it for our outdoor kitchen addition.

The slate on the island is from when we did our remodel in 2000 as well. I put a slate floor in the mud room, bath, and my craft room. I saved the extra slate so we used it on the island.

Dining at the Outdoor Kitchen

The counter seats four perfectly. I often serve appetizers here to attract family members and dinner guests to relax and entertain me while I am cooking.

You may recognize the clay pots that I “aged”. You can find them at How to Make Vintage Garden Pots.

Dinner at the Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Entertaining

If I can set a table anywhere, you know I will! I created a small dinner setting on the backside of the island. I love putting the water in bottles, just in case there are any flying insects! All of the links are listed below for the rattan placemats, the galvanized chargers, water bottles, mason jar glasses, plates, and napkins.

Sink in the Outdoor Kitchen

If you are thinking about putting in an outdoor kitchen, a prep sink is a must. It’s small but works perfectly. Our island is 9′ long and the back barbecue island is 8′ long. The eating counter is 20″ wide and the prep counter is 24″ wide.

Dining Outdoors

I love styling the outdoor kitchen island with items from inside our home. Why not bring the indoors outside when you entertain?

Outdoor appliances

If you don’t have an outdoor kitchen you can add an outdoor island or a vintage piece and create your own! Even vintage potting sheds make perfect outdoor kitchens.

Side View of Outdoor Kitchen

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I am going to call up some friends and have a little dinner party outside as the weather is really warming up this week.

I would love to know what you think of our outdoor kitchen. It is very well used and I am so happy with the look and style of it.

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27 Responses

  1. I love it!!! You’ve thought of everything, even a pretty trash can. Are those mini tobacco baskets from Hobby Lobby? I bought a larger white one to hang on a wall recently but didn’t see this size. Great touch, as always ????

  2. I absolutely LOVE your outdoor living space!!! It’s so inviting and screams come relax and have some fun!!!!! I love your hospitality!!!!! ????

  3. This is brilliant. It seems that you have thought of everything……..even a permanent hole for the umbrella. Love it!!!

  4. Love that you were able to reuse the FP bricks and the mini tobacco baskets are perfect. I’d never leave your backyard 😉

  5. Looks like a dream come true! How about some stories with you cooking up a little something in your outdoor kitchen?

  6. Wow!!! You think of every possible detail…I absolutely love it. Makes me want to get in to gear with getting our backyard done now. I too have to ask where you got your miniature tobacco baskets?!?!?

  7. Your style and warmth of personality are so evident in your approach to entertaining, that’s the very first ingredient in a welcomed come sit a while ???? there’s a big difference in entertaining and serving a guest a dinner with hospitality. You have accomplished that with the relaxed atmosphere and approach to your home and to your guest . Thanks for sharing.

  8. Curious if you don’t mind sharing an approx how much you spent? We are looking at doikg this and have the smoker and bbq already as well! Thanks.

  9. Leslie, hi and thanks for your ideas and amazingly beautiful pictures. You have a very refined taste. We are in love with your outdoor kitchen! My husband and me are very curious on the type of gray tiles that you used for the countertop. Are those procelain tiles? Did you install them in concrete countertop? Also did you paint some of your bricks white? My husband and me would like to create a similar effect in our outdoor kitchen project which we are trying to do ourselves. It has become a necessity for the family to keep the old protected inside. We thank you in advance.

  10. Leslie, hi and thanks for your ideas and amazingly beautiful pictures. You have a very refined taste. We are in love with your outdoor kitchen! My husband and me are very curious on the type of gray tiles that you used for the countertop. Did you use procelain tiles? Were the tiles installed in concrete countertop? Also did you paint some of your bricks white? We are in love with your kitchen! We are hoping for a similar look in our outdoor kitchen project which we are trying to do ourselves. This project has become a necessity now days in order to keep the old more protected inside. We thank you in advance.

  11. Beautiful Leslie! i’m sure my SIL would love to have this. Yesterday when we pulled into the drive way for the special day lunch he had moved the grill in to the garage. Rain!

  12. Such a great post, Leslie! You’ve given so many details about the construction of the Outdoor kitchen. It’s perfection! You’ve given me something to ponder!

    1. Oh I am so happy to hear that Connie! I am glad that you enjoyed the post and have some ideas to ponder!

  13. Hope someday to have an outdoor area to cook. I would love to have an outdoor fireplace too. It’s expensive to get those things done here in Maryland. We are right outside of DC.

    Some great tips and ideas.

    1. We were lucky we had all of the found brick and leftover slate. So happy that you enjoyed the post!

  14. I absolutely love it all ! We have an outdoor space both on the upper deck and the lower patio but need an outside kitchen like yours! Thanks for sharing !

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