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Our DIY Outdoor Kitchen

20 Mar

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As you know, we live in sunny Florida. When we moved into our new house, it didn’t have a pool but we made sure it had plenty of space to put one in. It took 2 years but we decided to finally tackle the backyard. We started with the pool first last Fall. In case you missed it, you can check out the pool here. The next project on the list is the outdoor kitchen.

This project is not for the faint of heart. This may be one of our biggest DIY projects yet. Thankfully, Chris is handy around a saw and my dad knows his electrical and plumbing. Rather than list every single detail on this post, I will give you more of a guideline on how we (and by we I mean Chris and my dad) build this bad boy.

Before we begin, here is a picture of the back of the house before we moved in. We put the kitchen on the open slab to the left.

 Step 1: Your layout

We had to decide on a layout back when the pool pavers went in. It just made it easier for us in the long haul for them to go ahead and lay the pavers as we would need them. It sat like this for a good 3 months.

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 Step 2: Pergola

For us, our step 2 was the pergola. Obviously, if you aren’t building a pergola than you would just skip over this. It took them about 2 days to put this up. It probably could have been done in one long day but trips to the hardware store and helping out with Kyler slows things down a bit.

We opted for 4×4 pressure treated posts and 2×6 cross beams. Everything is tied into our house so it’s nice and sturdy. We routed the ends to give it the look we wanted.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

 We also took 2x2s and ran them the other way. This made the pergola even stronger.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

The pergola sat like this for about 3 months also. Before moving onto the next step, Chris stained and sealed it.

Step 3: Frame out the kitchen

We were finally ready to tackle this kitchen! The guys took a day and framed out the kitchen. Again, we used pressure treated wood for everything. For us, our kitchen consists of a space for a fridge, sink, 2 cabinets, and a place to wheel a grill into. During this step, you need to know your exact measurements. That means you need to have your grill, fridge and whatever accessories (ie cabinets and sink) picked out so you have true measurements.

You may ask why we opted to skip the built in grill. Well as much as I love the look of a built in, we were trying to keep costs down. Also, I know a few people with built in grills and they don’t seem to last any longer than a stand alone (and can be a lot more money to fix). Who knows, we may retro fit one down the road but for now, we are happy we our decision 🙂

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Step 4: “Rough” everything out

They took another day and “roughed everything in”. If you don’t know what the means, it simply means to pull wire, run plumbing lines, etc. Nothing is hooked up, just ran and ready to go.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 5: Backer board

Time to seal it up! We choose cement board for this step. Chris took care of this in a short day while my dad worked on the plumbing and electrical connections. Thanks to my dad, we have 2 outlets, a light switch, and hot water!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

I made a decision not to go with permanent shelving. I thought I would get more use out of it with a nice open space. Also, you can see the mini hot water heater here.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

We used Hardi Board for the inside of the fridge space.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 6: Pick out your tile/siding

Well this step was pretty hard for us. We had decided on the siding pretty early on in the project. I love the look of stone but when it’s at least $10 a sq ft., that wasn’t going to work with our DIY budget. We ended up finding this tile from Lowes at $2.42 a sq.ft. Score!

I would have loved a solid surface but everything was just a bit too pricey for us so we went with a tile counter top. At first, we picked a darker grey tile but after leaving the test piece in the sun for about 30 minutes, I quickly changed my mind. Way too hot!

We found a cost effective travertine ($1.99 a sq ft) that worked well. We also picked a marble border to go around it to give it some pizzazz.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 7: Counter Top

Chris took a half day and put on the counter top. We used 3/4″ plywood and then put a 1/4″ of cement board on top of that.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

For the bar top, he did the same, however, he inserted thick metal steel bars in between to hold up the weight. One of the perks of owning a sheet metal shop 🙂

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 8: Tiling

Time to start tiling!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

To tile this entire thing, it took about 4 days (not full days by any means).

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Tiling at night to get this thing done!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Ready for grout!

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

Step 9: Lighting

One of the last things to add into the pergola was the lighting. We opted for 50′ commercial grade string lights. I thought about installing a pendant light or wall sconces but that was going to turn into a lot more work. After installing the string lights, I am not really sure we need anything else. They are great and put off a lot of light!

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Step 10: Accessorize

Last but not least, it was time to accessorize!

Steel Doors: BBQguys.com
Grill: Weber Genesis EP-310 and we removed the wings. We LOVE it.
Sink: HomeDepot.com
F
ridge: Haier Fridge

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com


We are THRILLED on how the outdoor kitchen came out and every time I look at it, I can’t believe how great it turned out! I am so proud of all the hard work my hubby Chris did and of course we could not have done it without my dad. We are so excited for spring/summer to begin and are looking forward to many cookouts this year! I have no clue how many we saved by doing this ourselves but I imagine it is thousands. We have 3 other outdoor projects and then our backyard oasis will be finished. Thankfully, those will be much easier 🙂

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

DIY Outdoor Kitchen by thisgreyhouse.com

What do you think? What outdoor projects are you starting on?

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Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

26 May

What a long week (lots of photos this week too)! Chris and I were busy busy trying to get the outdoor kitchen finished for the holiday weekend.

I Chris started tiling on Monday. Messy!

I joined in on the action Tuesday. Took 4 nights to get the beast done (remember we have 2 kids to feed, bathe, and get ready for bed)!

Love lilies!!

I hadn’t gone through our wedding book for a while and happened to glance through it the other day. Although this makes me sad it also brought a smile to my face 🙂

This big boy had his 2 month check-up this week. More to come on that visit on his 2 month post. Let’ just say, he is growing quickly!

Kyler wanted to be apart of Hudson’s 8 week photos

Love this smiley face 🙂

Just love him!

For Easter, Kyler got a new pool towel. I really wanted to get Hudson one as well but the one I wanted was sold out. Well PBK got them back in and I love it! It’s the Octopus Mini towel and it’s perfect!

Kyler’s school pictures!

Hudson and I hit up BJ’s for some party supplies. Poor guy got buried!

We hung the lights at 10:30pm and stocked the fridge for the next day! Not like cutting it close 🙂

We threw our first pool party this Memorial Day Weekend! It was 95 degrees out so it was a great day to be in the pool. My best girlfriends and their families came over and it was perfect! It was fun to think about where we were 10 years ago (lounging around a college apartment pool) to where we are now, laying around with our husbands and kiddos. Much different but still a blast! I am so fortunate to have such a close group of friends. We don’t get to spend as much time together anymore now that we have our own lives to live so I am so happy they were able to make it out!

Fun with Poppa

I made Peach Sangria!!

I used the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction but made some tweaks to it to make it a peach sangria instead. She calls for OJ but I opted for Peach Nectar. I think I bought the wrong Champagne (made it a bit too dry) so I ended up adding some sugar and peach schnapps to sweeten it up. It was yummy! Perfect for a HOT day!

Firing up the grill for the first time!!

Can’t forget about the drinks!

Our spread

Kyler and Greyson enjoying some snacks together

Besties ❤

We hit up our favorite breakfast place, Keke’s, Sunday morning. I love their apple cinnamon French Toast! Yum 🙂

Kyler enjoyed some pancakes and fruit

Daddy and Hudson enjoyed their pancake as well 😉

Helping Chris carry Hudson to the car ❤

My precious family ❤

We hit up Epcot later that day. Kyler rocked the ole Red, White and Blue!

This little guy rode around in style too 🙂

Checking out Nemo

This Memorial Day we had the Gilbertson’s over for some steaks and corn on the cob. We are loving our new grill!

My Cutie on Duty!!

My fishy

I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on the kitchen and share it with you!!! Here is a sneak peak 🙂

I hope everyone had a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!!!! Thank you to all of you that have served and those of you that continue to serve. USA all the way baby!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

13 Apr

I will tell you this, adding Hudson to the bunch has somehow made the weeks go by even faster now! Here is what we were up to this week.

Hudson and I decided to join Kyler at Grandma’s house for a day. She didn’t seem to care either way.

On Wednesday, we took newborn photos in the morning which meant Kyler stayed home with us. We watched Frozen (I think I have watched this movie 4 times this week) and snuggled on the couch.

Hi big guy!

She loves to walk in Dad’s shoes…. kinda hard when they are half the size of her body.

The next day, my mom headed out to Orlando and we hit up the plant nursery (trying to get ideas for the 3rd phase of the ongoing backyard overhaul). As you can see (wayyyyy down there), Kyler had a great time running through the trees and plants.

We also headed to the tile store because I needed help picking out ideas for the outdoor kitchen.

Hudson had his 2 week checkup too! Big boy weighs 10lbs now. The doctor said he should have gained a 1/3 of that so he is obviously doing juts fine. Our little chunker! I am trying to soak up every minute of this time. Hudson is quickly losing his sweet tiny newborn feel thanks to his dad’s super big genes (I see him every day and can even tell he is growing at rapid speed).

Tummy time!

Love this little onesie his Aunt JJ gave him! Go Pats 🙂

This weekend, Grandma and Poppa came over to help with the outdoor kitchen. While the boys worked, we took Kyler to the park. She had fun racing Grandma down the slide.

Looking like a kitchen!

We are obviously loving teal around these parts.

We stopped by Jason’s Deli today for lunch went meant free ice cream. So yummy.

She passed out about 2 minutes after this picture.

And this little guy snoozed the afternoon away.

Life is good!!!

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

9 Mar

Another busy week in the books for us (and why do I think that will continue for sometime….)

Finished up a big piece for Hudson’s room. Almost time to share! Can’t wait!

The guys also got started on the outdoor kitchen this weekend. So. excited. I can just see us lounging by the pool and grilling out this summer 🙂

While they did that, the girls ran some errands. A trip to Ikea to pick up a small table for Kyler was a part of that. The place seriously stresses me out!

Today we went over to my aunts house to celebrate our cousin’s 3rd birthday!

She had fun bouncing around with all of her cousins

and sliding down the slide of course!

After that, we hit up the Disney Live show with The Gilbertson’s

Best friends ❤

All of their favorites were there!

The girls spent most of the time standing and dancing

This poor girl was TIRED after a longggg day of playing.

On that note, time to go pack a hospital bag! On Friday I will be 37 weeks… ahhh!!!

Have a great week!

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