Pallets in the GardenOutdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space

Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space

  • 6 pallets

  • easy

  • 8h

  • $50

We needed more prep space but didn’t want to spend a lot. The obvious solution was to make our own Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter! What makes this project shine is the “new” surface I exposed on the deck boards. I used a vintage Rockwell 4″ jointer my sister found for me on Craigslist – for FREE.

Save money and gain space by making your own Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter from pallets!

I started out with an extra long pallet I acquired last year. I used Sarah James’s method for breaking down pallets & removing nails.  First, I removed all the top pallet deck boards but left the frame connected. I planed them down and reinstalled them, fitting them tightly together to make a more cohesive top.  I used outdoor brass star head screws for everything. Next, I used stringer boards from other pallets as the legs, side supports, and lower shelf supports. Then I covered the bottom shelf with more deck boards and secured with the same hardware. I finished it off with a couple of coats of Linseed oil.

Transform a table into an Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter with a bit of hardware and a terra cotta planter!

I used a terra cotta planter as the sink basin. The PVC drain pipe happened to be the same size as the drain hole in the planter – talk about serendipity! I attach a drain hose to the sink to drain the gray water out to the lawn. We attach another garden hose to the spigot at the bottom of the fashioned faucet I created from space pipe fittings. I used Plumber’s putty, Teflon tape and PVC cement for various connections. We ❤️ our new outdoor kitchen counter. Final touches include a curtain rod & curtains to hide the lower shelf so we can store supplies out there if we want.

Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
I started with an oversized pallet. This one was about 6′ long.
Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
Remove the boards from the top deck, sand and plane them. Hand-sand as needed. I wanted the boards pressed against each other, so I had to use more boards.
Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
Here’s what the boards looked like when I got the pallet. They weren’t bad, but I wanted a smoother finish.
Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
We used a terra cotta pot as our basin and PVC drain pipe that happened to fit the drain hole in the planter pot correctly. I fashioned a faucet from various plumbing pieces that I fixed together with plumber’s putty and Teflon tape. A hose acts as a gray water drain, and another hose is hooked up to my faucet for water on tap.

Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden

Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
The completed project, with curtains in place, looks great on my patio.
Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
Here’s the table before I applied Linseed oil.
Outdoor Pallet Kitchen Counter Adds Prep Space Pallet Desks & Pallet Tables Pallets in the Garden
Although curtains aren’t necessary, they add a bit of a homey touch that we love. Plus, it creates instant hidden storage space.

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