DIY Outdoor Kitchen Part 3: The Finishing Touches and Copper


Our outdoor kitchen bases were built, and the concrete countertops were installed! All that was left were those final finishing touches of our project.

  • We decided to sand the redwood since they were just common redwood boards that were too rough for staining. 
  • We used the "Superdeck Transparent Stain" in the color "Valley". I liked the richness of the color and how it brought out all the colors of the redwood.
  • After the stain was applied, we needed to add the pipe through the back 4 X 4's of the kitchen. This was for aesthetics but also could be functional and used to hang cups, towels, etc. 
  • We decided to put the pipe across the entire length of the kitchen to give the whole piece a more cohesive look. 
  • Since I love copper and copper looks even better over time, I decided to use copper pipe instead of the silver pipe as shown in the plans.
  • Shopping Tip: We bought the thinner copper since it wasn't going to be used for actual plumbing so be sure to grab that instead of the more expensive thicker copper piping. 
  • While at Lowes getting the pipes, I saw 4 X 4 decking/fence post caps in... you guessed it, copper. 
  • It was a little pricey but it complimented the pipes so well we had to get it! Plus the solar light would lighten up the kitchen at night. 
  • After staining the redwood, adding the copper pipe and decking caps, all that was left was to stage the outdoor kitchen with all my outdoor entertaining items! This is my favorite part! 
  • I love that this outdoor kitchen serves as a cooking station, serving station, and storage for our outdoor items. It was certainly worth all the work! What do you think of the finished product? Would you try it?



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  1. Trying to find Step 2. Can you repost? Thanks

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  3. Lowe's took down the original plans... really was glad to find you guys doing this post! If you were to put up some pics of the original cut list or any other diagrams you saved from it, you'd be a lifesaver and build up your Karma.....!!! :) :) :)
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    1. Hi Scott! Look me up on Instagram! A follower sent me the plans and I would be happy to send them to you!

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  4. Hi there! The project came out lovely! Having this setup for a couple years, what kind of maintenance do you do to keep it up? Also, can you share the plans that you have?

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    1. Hello! We have done literally no maintenance on it (and it’s in very direct 100+ degree weather) and it has held up perfectly! We could probably restain the redwood planks on the side but it still looks pretty good so we haven’t. We also should of sealed the concrete top but it’s held up so well without it! I have the Lowe’s plans. Email me at NorCalDIYers@gmail.com and I will send them. 😬

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