Friday, July 3, 2015

~our new outdoor entertaining area~

I am so happy to finally share with you all our new outdoor entertaining/kitchen space!
This project actually started a couple of years ago.
We had a big concrete slab poured and then my husband and I built the structure over it.
We knew what purpose we wanted it to serve, but never really got around to finishing it up.
With summer upon us we decided to dive in and finally finish it!
This is going to be a long post with a lot of pictures.
Let's start at the beginning.
Here is that concrete slab we had poured.
We had it colored and stamped to mimic the look of stone.

The beginning of a really long project…

We had fish stamped in as well, as a nod to living on the lake.

Slowly but surely the structure went up.
These are all the photos I have from the building process.
It was a family affair as you can see :)

Then it sat in this state for a couple years until we decided on a plan.
It's about 400 square feet.

And here it is today, finally finished!
We made a built in "kitchen" area for our new grill, fridge and gas fireplace.
The only thing we don't have out here is running water, but there is a hose nearby, does that count?

We added a giant tv for football games/parties, and outdoor movie nights.

Most of the materials we used are reclaimed pieces.
The faces of the bar area and fireplace/tv area are made from reclaimed scaffolding as it was no longer certifiable. We ripped it in half width wise on a table saw and installed it like planking.
I love the rustic nature of it and the grey color.

The majority of the countertops are beams from a turn of the century building in Seattle that was being torn down. 
They were giant beams that also had to be cut down.
The only surface area that is different is on top of the fireplace, under the tv.
It is a slab of slate that once was my parents hearth in their home!
I love having this piece of history in here.

The furniture is from AE Outdoor.
It is called the Sanford 6 piece deep seating, and it's on sale right now!
I couldn't be happier with it.
It is incredibly comfortable and I know will last us a long time. I don't see ever having to buy another outdoor furniture set again.
The color is perfect and the quality is amazing, they are very sturdy.

The barstools we picked out are also made to last. 
They are made with trex decking and specifically for outdoors.
The cushion covers match perfectly with the AE Outdoor cushions.
We got the textured silver with charcoal black stools and the cushions are
 the color called bird's eye.

This area stays cool in the summer with a  ceiling fan, and warm on chilly fall nights with the patio heaters.

I like how you can sit up to the bar and watch tv and
 just below it is the sofa and chairs for additional seating.

To match the slate from the countertops, I picked out this fun slate tiered tray from Painted Fox Treasures.

The burlap star pillow is from Joss and Main, and the stripe pillows are from Heritage Lace.
The flag scarf was a gift from my mom.

I love using quirky vintage cans and such for vases, and 
I think the spiky flowers look a bit like fireworks going off.

This "bar" is the Raskog utility cart from Ikea.
It's so affordable. 
I also chose this because it's on wheels so very portable, and also because the shelves have holes in them which is great if moisture does get in there.
I got the dark grey color and my husband added some wood to the front to blend in with the rest of the wood fronts.
He also did the same treatment to our Texas Pro smoker.

The wine glasses and tumblers are melamine, so totally unbreakable.
They are from TJ Maxx.

This cabana service doorbell just adds a bit of whimsy to the space.
It actually rings…..
Now if only it came with an actual cabana boy!
You can find it here.
{cabana service coming shortly}

I made the garland years ago.

Here is a close up of the slate slab, it's really thick, love it!

Tray is from TJ Maxx.

Another thing I love about this furniture, is the coffee table sections are lightweight and can also be used as end tables.

The outdoor heaters are be perfect for chilly nights.
They were purchased at Home Depot, as well as the grill.

Phew, that was a long post, but I always love getting sources for items, so thanks for bearing with me.
If I left anything out or if you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below.
Now, off to bbq and light off some fireworks.
Have a happy and safe fourth!


Samantha2818 said...

Absolutely stunning! I love it - you've fone such a great job. I doubt you'll spend any time in your house this summer with such an amazing space outside! Think of how clean your house will stay!

[email protected] Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh wow, this is totally amazing What a fabulous space.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Absolutely fantastic! It was sure worth the wait you all had putting it together. I can see many many nights spent out there with friends and family. The space is so warm and inviting. Love the vintage touches you added and the memory slate from your parents home. Have a great w/k. fondly ~lynne~

Unknown said...

Wow! You've done a great job and it looks like the perfect place to enjoy the Fourth!

The Yellow Cape Cod said...

Wow! This is absolutely fantastic!!

Stacey {steward of design} said...

What a fantastic space to have! You all did a great job. Happy 4th!

Wendy said...

Stunning!! Yall did such a fabulous job!

Lori said...

Gorgeous and cozy!

MDezri said...

Love, love, love it!! We are at year 3 with our concrete slab...still trying to figure out what to do with it...maybe I should send you some pics for ideas! Love your new outdoor furniture. I have been waiting to find a good-looking 3 seater sofa...and yours is on sale ...hmmm :)

Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous spaces!! Your outdoor area is going to be so much fun this summer! Enjoy!

Little Farmstead said...

What a GREAT outdoor space! I'm sure you will use it all the time and make so many fun memories with family and friends... Happy 4th!

Anonymous said...

your outdoor space looks amazing. What a wonderful space for family, and friends.


Betsy Cobb Gordon said...

It's a really fabulous space and I'm sure totally worth the wait too! Happy Independence Day! Enjoy that beautiful space you've worked so hard on.

Marianne Hölscher said...

Beautiful. Love the wood ceiling

amy of studio four corners said...

Fantastic! I'm sure you'll make good use of this space this summer since I think we're going to have a hot one all summer long!

laurajean said...

Beautiful,awesome,amazing!!! You are so gifted!!!

erin said...

No way! We are in the process of building a very similar structure. I'm calling ours the 'barvilion' (part bar, part pavilion) I love how yours turned out. Hope you don't mind if I steal some of your great ideas. I especially love the American flag theme! Here is my post about ours. Hope ours comes out as great as yours did!

Unknown said...

Utterly amazing how ell it all came together.. you really are a very talented family to make such a great out door space,,, I am sure you will use it to death now you have made it!! I am just blown away by all your ideas ... so inspirational... hugs from across the pond J

Unknown said...

Your outdoor kitchen pavilion looks so fancy. It is like the kind you find in the mountains at campgrounds. I love that you were able to outfit it with a TV as well. I wish my wife would let me undertake a project like this. We'd BBQ every night!

Unknown said...

I love what you did here! What a fun little backyard area that just screams summer. I love all the little details: the fish stamps, the reclaimed wood, and the natural fibers/materials used in abundance. It must be a blast to have barbeques back there with your friends and family!

Alice Marks said...

Wow, this looks amazing. Love that grill...

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