Outdoor Kitchen Station and Sink

Don't get stuck in your kitchen during the dog days of summer! Instead, bring the indoors outside with our easy Kitchen Station and Outdoor Sink.

Set photography from the production of Food Network's, The Kitchen, episodes 1001-1005 on May 18-20, 2016. Photo By Todd Plitt for BSTV

Photo by: Todd Plitt

Todd Plitt

Set photography from the production of Food Network's, The Kitchen, episodes 1001-1005 on May 18-20, 2016. Photo By Todd Plitt for BSTV

Outdoor Kitchen Station:

Use an old dresser (or look for an inexpensive one at a garage sale or flea market) to build an outdoor kitchen station. Remove the 2 bottom drawers and save for another use--we like using them as outdoor planters. Cut 2 pieces of wood to the same size as the drawers--these will become shelves. Give the pieces of wood and the dresser a quick coat of outdoor paint (remove the knobs during painting, replace when dry.) Place the dried wooden boards inside of the spaces where the bottom 2 drawers used to be (1 in each) to form a flat surface. Store the cookware in these areas. Attach a paper towel holder and utensil hooks to the side of the dresser for additional storage. We topped our dresser with a large cutting board to form a work surface. Enjoy!

Pro tip: Use cast-iron griddles and pans on the grill.

You'll need:

  • Old dresser (or inexpensive flea market purchase) 
  • Outdoor paint
  • 2 pieces wood (cut to the same size as the drawers)
  • Large cutting board
  • Paper towel holder
  • Utensil hooks

Outdoor Sink:

Turn your hose into a faucet by attaching a reducing coupling to an elbow coupling (adhere plumber's tape on all of the threading), then connecting to the hose. Drill a hole in the top of a sturdy, high stool and thread the piping through, then attach a spigot on the front side of the stool. If you don't want to drill a hole through the stool, you can attach with tape or zip ties--just make sure it is tightly secured so that you don't get splashed.

For the basin, drill a hole through a bucket or tub (a galvanized metal one is great). Insert a sink drain in the hole (optional) to secure it to the seat of the stool, taking care to align the drainage holes. If you don't use a drain, use rope to secure the basin to the stool. Place a smaller bucket on the ground under the drain to catch the water. To use, turn on the hose and use the spigot to turn on and off.

You'll need:

  • Basin with drainage hole cut out (we like a galvanized tub) 
  • Reducing coupling
  • Plumber's tape
  • Spigot
  • Elbow coupling
  • Stool with drainage hole cut through the seat (must correspond with basin drainage hole) and hole cut for spigot on seat back
  • Drainage bucket
  • Hose
  • Drill
  • Sink drain (optional)
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