Nesting Grill Station

How amazing are portable gas grills?  They take up so little space, you can bring them anywhere – so no need to have multiple grills, and they do a great job for an economical price! 

I love portable gas grills so much, I had to make an entire grilling station based around one!

Here’s how it works –

grill station put away

An enclosed console outside, that you can use for a variety of uses – as a bar, put an outdoor TV over it, or as a serving console –

outdoor grill table

If you want to grill, just pull out the lower table, move it away from a structure (so it’s fire safe), and set your grill up.  I made the lower table table height, so it’s perfect for a portable gas grill that adds about 6″ in height.

grilling station nesting tables

You can also move the “over” table out, and use it for dining.  It fits about six stools (max) – but four would be more comfortable.

grill station party

We LOVE that you can use this system in unlimited configurations.  You can set it up as an island, as an L shape, with the grill out, with the grill facing in … whatever your occasion and your space requires, this grill system is up for the challenge!

grill station plans

Building the Grill Station

This was actually a pretty easy build!  The hardest part was the X detailing (which you can omit or customize to make easier).  We created a video of the build process for your convenience –

Grill Station Plans

Love this grill station?  You can’t buy it – you have to build it!

I partnered up with Ryobi Tools to create this project plan – click here or the button below to download the free plans.

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Mud Kitchen

The best part of the kitchen is the sink!  Right?  

My kids have always loved play kitchens, and I’ve built many.  But not having a working sink with real running water always required alot of imagination.

Then I discovered the MUD KITCHEN!!! 

Mud Kitchen Features

  • Real working sink that hooks up to a garden hose
  • Faucet cannot be left on – automatically turns off when not actively in use
  • Drain water can be reused
  • Hooks for storing pots, pans and utensils
  • Removeable “stove” pieces to customize use (ie use as a potting bench or rock cleaning and paint station)
  • Storage shelf
  • Easy to customize and decorate
  • Sturdy construction using time tested methods suitable for outdoor use
  • Cedar flat surfaces will last longer
  • About $50 in new materials to build 
  • Simple construction that most anyone can tackle with a few tools

We LOVE this mud kitchen as is, but I did want to mention my six year old son thought it would make a fantastic fish cleaning station.  He also is washing rocks and painting them.  I could also see this used as a child’s potting bench, serving area for kids, lemonade stand, or wildflower florist station.  The options are endless!

Video Tutorial

I did a video tutorial of this build, please take a moment to watch before you tackle this project:

Mud Kitchen Plans

The mud kitchen plans follow, please share a photo if you build – we love seeing your projects.

mud kitchen plans

Garden Tool Storage

Garden Tool Storage Features

  • Sturdy 2×4 construction can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Can be painted or stained to match exterior siding
  • As shown, fits up to 20 tools of varying sizes easily! (16 shown on the rack)
  • About $10 to build
  • Easy to customize for YOUR tools and YOUR space
  • Hang by handle, or upside down, so works with almost any tool
  • Super easy build out of just two 2x4s – make it in about 10 minutes!

garden tool storage front view

From the front, the garden tool rack looks all neat and organized, with the handles all lined up perfectly –

garden tool rack 2x4

But it holds a TON of tools – up to five tools slot!

garden tool rack

We love that it is sturdy and EASY to put tools away.  Now swinging tools or wobby hooks, or having to slide handles into little holes upside down.  This project is designed to be user friendly, so it actually gets used!

Video Tutorial

In this video I show you how I built mine by laying it out first, and then assembling.  Please take a quick second to watch!

Ready to Build?  Here’s the Plans!

We’ve prepared plans below for exactly as shown in the photos – but of course, please, modify to suit your needs and space.

garden tool storage