How To Build A Cool Deck Kitchen

Last Updated on July 6, 2023 by teamobn

DIY Deck Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have gained massive popularity in recent years for many reasons. They allow homeowners to cook, entertain, and dine outdoors without making too many trips indoors. Additionally, outdoor kitchens can increase the value of your home and make entertaining guests much more enjoyable.

As your guests move out onto the deck, the barbecue grill gets fired up. They saunter towards the balcony doors and sit on balcony chairs to take in the fresh air. The smell of grilling meats and vegetables wafts through the air, making everyone’s mouths water. The view from the deck is stunning, and the conversation flows easily as everyone enjoys the food and the company.

You don’t have to miss spending quality time with your friends and family just because you’re busy cooking in the kitchen. An outdoor kitchen allows you to entertain your guests while still being able to cook for them.

You don’t even have to spend a fortune to build one! Just use some imagination and creativity, and you can easily create a beautiful and functional outdoor kitchen on a budget.

This deck kitchen is a great example of how to upcycle and recycle old materials to create something new and beautiful. The owner didn’t spend a lot of money building it as most of the parts came from a 1993 camper.

The sink, fridge, stove, and drawers were all reused from the old camper. With a little bit of creativity and some elbow grease, this kitchen was brought to life – proving that you don’t always need to buy new things to get the look and feel you want.

DIY Deck Kitchen

Would you like your own outdoor kitchen?

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You’ll need these materials:

  • 2” Wood – for framing
  • 18 inch 60-pound Drawer Slides
  • Drawer Handles
  • Hinges
  • 1×4 Ship Lap Boards
  • 1×6 Ship Lap Boards
  • 3/4” Plywood
  • Old Countertop
  • Old Sink
  • Old Drawer Fronts
  • Screws
  • Wood Stain and Seal
  • Wood Glue
  • Silicone Sealer
  • 3% Hardener
  • Polyester-based Resin
  • Painter’s Tape

And these tools:

  • Tape Measure
  • Table Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Brush
  • Belt Sander
  • Caulking Gun
  • Putty Knife


This is the 2-foot wide by 10-foot long frame.


I made doors from 1by4 pt and 1 by 6  shiplap boards. Here is also the framework for the drawers. Stained provincial.


Here are the 3 drawers I made with 18 inches 60-pound drawer slides


Here I am starting the fridge cabinet and upper cabinets. It is exactly the same size as the kitchen that was in the camper.


Here are all the spacers for the doors complete.


The sides are on and all braced up, giving the structure a sense of solidity. It’s ready for the next phase of construction.


As I cut through the upper and lower fridge cabinet openings, I can’t help but feel a sense of excitement. I’m creating something new, something that didn’t exist before. It’s a thrilling feeling, and I can’t wait to see the finished product.


I installed the countertop and sink for the first time! It was pretty nerve-wracking at first, but I’m glad I went for it. Came out pretty good for a first-timer, if I do say so myself. Might have to get used to this whole DIY thing…


Here it is all done and put on the deck….


Although an outdoor kitchen seems to be a luxury, you don’t have to break your bank to build one. Look around you and find alternative materials you can use to build your own outdoor kitchen.

Thanks to coolbeansbaby68 for this great tutorial!



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