I am so excited to finally get to show you our outdoor kitchen! It’s been done for a couple weeks but I wanted to get it decorated before I showed you the final reveal… and it’s time!!!
Before I show you the “after” pictures I have to show you what it used to look like, you know me, I love a good before and after picture!
And here’s what it looks like now.
Seriously, weeks later I am still pinching myself because I can’t believe it’s real! I love the whole kitchen but my most favorite part about it are the cabinets. My contractor built them out of steel then wrapped them in this beautiful Ipe wood (it’s a tropical wood, like teak, but more affordable). It’s so rich and full of depth, every time I look at it I see something different, and that makes me love it more. I was adamant that I didn’t want the traditional stone look and when our lumber supplier showed me a sample of the Ipe I knew it would be perfect.
I had no idea how it would look on a large scale but when I came down the morning they sealed it, it actually took my breath away. I think the poor guy painting on the sealant thought he had done something wrong by the way I reacted, until I stared freaking out and telling him how much I loved it!
I’m also so excited to have a sink and dishwasher down in this kitchen. Last summer we spent so much time taking dirty dishes back upstairs (2 1/2 stories!) that we knew a sink and dishwasher were a must.
My goal in designing the kitchen was to blend the look of wood and stainless steel to make the perfect decorative, yet masculine/outdoorsy, space. Beautiful accents like the this stainless steal sink and faucet from Moen helped me I accomplished the look I was going for. I’ve never had a nice stainless steel sink but I love it (and so does my husband!).
And of course every outdoor kitchen needs a drink bell and a bottle opener!
We absolutely love it! Our contractor and his crew did such an excellent job turning my vision into a reality. Every time I walk down here I am shocked all over again that this is really at my house, we feel so incredibly blessed and we have loved sharing it with our friends and family!
If you want to see how I stocked and organized the kitchen come back on Friday to see all my affordable kitchen organization tips.
In a couple weeks I’ll also be showing you how I decorated the empty space next to the kitchen and turned it into an outdoor living room. I can’t wait to show you! (Click HERE to see our outdoor living room).
- Lumber supplier – Weaver Lumber
- Contractor – Cadorin Construction
- Granite – Arizona Tile
- Stucco color –
- Grill – Amazon.com
- Faucet – Moen
- Sink – Moen
- Cabinet pulls – D. Lawless Hardware
- Wall clock – Real Deals
- Wire paddle boat – Real Deals
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