Okay— first, let me acknowledge my big Oooops!
In a previous post about the deck, I teased about the hard time I gave my big brother’s “design!”
Well— I, too, goofed! I was so focused on expanding the deck to create spacious dining and lounging levels— I forgot an outdoor kitchen!
And of course—the best way to find a solution is to spend A LOT OF TIME lounging on it–really getting to know it! ; D
I laid paving stone to create a permanent place for the grill, and then began “building” around that! I took a ride over to the ReStore to see if there was anything that could be re-invented!
Wandering around I found a large island countertop in pristine condition for $20! And several old doctor’s office file/credenzas piqued my interest– $25!
I bought the odd parts, then some decking materials, and 4 casters!
My fav-carpenter John, came to help–
(well–I do love to travel!)
After he finished questioning my sanity and arguing with the details of my design, we knocked it out in about 3 hours! We can work each other over and stretch a project out better than anyone! Then he tells everyone it was his idea!
We built an over-sized “box,”
- and set the file cabinet down INTO it -pushing it to one end- and screwed both parts together at the sides and back.
- We covered the open top of the front side of the box with deck boards to create a step/foot rest. (The “box” stabilizes the whole unit from tipping.)
- We flipped the whole unit upside-down, and added casters to make it easier to move around.
arguing discussion about;
–Screwing the counter on from underneath. It could be removed, and it would be easier to store.
–Glue it down with construction adhesive. It would be the most solidly fixed since there is much more counter than cabinet, and, in case someone leans on it really hard—
I painted the cabinet to blend with the dining furniture, added a monogram for mom, and stained these deck boards like all the other deck boards!
I found the director-styled barstools in a consignment shop going out of business, the other pair in a thrift store, and my upholstery ladies covered them in the green zebra to compliment the rest of the furniture cushions!
The best part is how we can roll it in and out of the garage as needed!