The great outdoors and food just kinda go together, don’t they? Think camping, picnics, and of course, BBQ’s! So instead of schlepping all your food, dishes and cooking prep through the house over and over, how about making yourself an amazing outdoor kitchen or grill station? The cook in your life will be out where the people are, and those who are helping with the prep won’t be stuck indoors. Ok, there is also that cool feeling of cooking outside. Don’t know what it is, it’s kind of a primal, survival deal. It just tastes better and feels oh so satisfying! So let’s do it! Tackle one of these DIY outdoor kitchens and grill station projects this weekend, and wait for the jealous ooo’s and ahhh’s from your guests



DIY Outdoor Grill Stations & Kitchens

DIY Outdoor Grill Stations

Wanna have everything you need to grill at your fingertips? AND have room to set things while you are at the BBQ? This rolling DIY outdoor kitchen has complete building plans and instructions, from Elisha at ‘Pneumatic Addict‘. This one has it all, and it rolls out of the way when not in use too!

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This DIY grill station from Angela at ‘Unexpected Elegance‘ is ah-mazing! Why? She not only made it practical, it’s pretty! She used stone veneer over a sheet metal frame that she created herself. DIY outdoor kitchens are a lot of value for a weekend project! Easy instructions with photos.

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From ‘Old World Garden Farms’ via ‘Hometalk‘, this rustic outdoor summer kitchen is the perfect look for a farm style home. (Or one where you just want to add some rustic charm!) Photos and instructions fro this DIY outdoor kitchen. We are loving’ on that corrugated metal!

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This one is from one of our favorite woodworker sites, ‘Ana White‘. This outdoor cooking station built in was uploaded by one of her readers, and unfortunately they did not share which of Ana’s free plans they used! (You can search on the site though!)

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DIY Outdoor Kitchens & Backyard Coolers

This patio cooler stand from ‘Eddie and Steph‘ is a great idea, with a short little tutorial. A DIY’er with some projects under their belt could take this idea and make it amazing! There is nothing worse than having to go inside every 5 minutes for more drinks!

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Here is another idea straight from a Pinterest user… Using a dorm fridge to make an outdoor refrigerator in a really pretty box! (See similar project with plans at the end!)

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These DIY outdoor concrete countertops are kind of a two parter… The actual concrete counter how-to is from ‘Kara Paslay’, but you will find a general tutorial on making a countertop for outdoors at ‘HomeDit‘. This is a more permanent outdoor kitchen design that can add value to your home.

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This last one is a wooden cooler stand from ‘Ana White‘ done by ‘Birds and Soap, and this time, we found the tutorial to make this outdoor cooler project. Be sure to scroll down to find the drawings and plans. Which version would you make?

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Where to Buy Grill Stations, Outdoor Sinks and Bars

If you want to create  your own outdoor kitchen but these projects aren’t in the cards right now, may we recommend checking out these outdoor grill stations and bar carts  at Wayfair. They have a ton of grill carts, outdoor kitchen supplies and outdoor sinks and bars that could be put to really good use in mine and Steve’s patio right now! My fav? (And the one on my Mothers Day list?;)) This 93″ 4-Piece BBQ Grill Island. Pricey, but oh how gorgeous!

Outdoor Grill Stations & Kitchens


If it’s time to be outdoors, then you need to make these DIY Outdoor Kitchens and Outdoor Grill Stations! When you are done with that, check out our posts on DIY Outdoor Dining Tables, or jump on over to our post on Easy No Bake Summer Dessert Recipes at our sister site, OhMeOhMy! Or move to the indoors, and jump on over to Small Kitchen Organization Ideas over at TBD!

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  1. Click July 21, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    As professional kitchen installers, these are some very good pictures. Thank you for taking the time to share, look forward to using some of the ideas soon!

  2. Cynthia Magar February 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I can’t find the instructions for the mini refrigerator, where can I get them

  3. Edward Winston October 13, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Look so awesome Kathy. My friends will be very jealous if they know I have an amazing outdoor kitchen or grilling station like this. I absolutely want to try this but winter is coming now, I wish i can’t found your post earlier. So I guess I will bookmark your post and waiting for warm season.Thanks for sharing us cool tutorials you found on the internet.


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