We got to start this project with a blank slate. There wasn’t anything on the patio, so at this point anything was an improvement.
Outdoor Kitchen: August 2011
Parts & Pieces: Stain: Menards: Rustoleum Concrete Stain Kit – Sandstone (We actually ended up contacting Rustoleum because we weren’t happy with the color of the bottom layer compared to the picture on the box. They had GREAT customer service! They gave us a credit to purchase an additional gallon of color tint to achieve the color on the box: Sienna was the 2nd base color we choose.)
This is absolutely a weekend project with NO rain in the forecast. The kit also comes with a how-to video, which we found very helpful.
Close-up Picture of the Stain: http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=23
Step 1: Power Wash your concrete: We have a heavy-duty power washer that we used multiple times prior to actually staining.
Step 2: Etch the concrete: You have to purchase this separately but this is an extremely important step because it will determine how well your stain adheres to the surface. Power washing is not the only way to clean the concrete.
Step 3: Base Coat: this is the lighter color. This is the coat you want to ensure covers the entire area. You may have to apply this color twice to go over any areas you may have missed or didn’t cover well enough the first time.
Step 4: Accent Coat: the color that came in the kit was Earth Brown, it was a perfect accent color and we only used 1/2 the can.
Step 5: Seal Coat: you can purchase this in satin or gloss, we choose a gloss to it look wet when dry. We learned you need to apply (2) solid coats at separate times.
Building the Kitchen: Bricks: Menards Blocks (your cost savings are going to be if you buy them on sale AND get a Menards rebate, which you will definitely use to purchase other items, we purchase out outdoor lights.)
Layout: You will need to determine your layout to ensure you have enough bricks delivered and take advantage of only (1) delivery fee. Menards contracts out their deliveries and makes it very affordable for multiple palettes to be delivered at one time. You don’t need to use any fancy software, I was able to get the right count using powerpoint(like most of my layouts). I also bought enough bricks in advance to layout on the patio what structures were necessary.
Appliances/Other Factors: Besides the layout, you will need to factor in your grill, doors, and anything else you may be inserting into the layout. I saved a ton by purchasing our side burner and gas doors from ebay. They were the most affordable and had great luck with the sellers. We also didn’t purchase a “true” outdoor refridgerator. Since this area was covered from rain and was going to have a bar top over it as well, we pressed our luck and went an Igloo that we purchased from walmart.com. More then likely your patio is not going to be level and for good reason, to pitch the water away from your house. You may need help from a contractor if you are using a pre-existing patio like us. We asked our contractor to help us get the first layer down and it was our job to pile the bricks afterwards. (notice the slivers of bricks on the left – this it where we needed the most leveling work.)
Glue for the bricks: PL Landscape Block Adhesive (this was put in between every brick – you don’t want to be stingy on this stuff! We probably went through 10 tubes or more) http://www.homedepot.ca/product/pl-landscape-block-adhesive-300ml/972917
Counter Tops: Quikrete 5000 Concrete bought in Bags from Lowe’s, tinted with Quikrete Cement Tint: Brown. (we had help with this one! We did not trust ourselves to complete these.) http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/Quikrete5000ConcreteMix.asp http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/CementColor.asp Our contractor built the bases and forms for us to pour the concrete in place. He helped with the pouring too, of course! We reenforced the concrete with steel rebar and made them 3″ thick. We let them cure per the directions on the concrete bag, and the concrete once dry enough we covered the countertops with light plastic to keep the moisture and heat in. We sprayed them down every couple of hours to keep them moist so they didn’t set too quickly.
Additional Kitchen After Pictures:
I will be posting about the decor on the patio at a later date 🙂