Take summer barbecues to a whole new level by creating an attractive area to chop, prepare and cook up a storm outside.
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For a bold backdrop, paint fencing black. Display culinary essentials and herbs on a shelf in the same colour.
Care for furniture
Keep your space looking its best by protecting your purchases. Wood needs a weatherproof treatment and should be stored away in winter, whereas galvanised metal is rust resistant and easy to clean. Choose rattan for a lightweight option that is simple to move around.
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Build a large, concrete grilling station and a pizza stone to give mealtimes a professional touch. Add worktops, storage shelves and well-placed hooks for tools and accessories, and you’ll create a useful, long-lasting space that will impress family and friends. Channel in exterior lighting to ensure cooking is just as successful when the sun goes down.
How to create a bar:
- Begin by sanding a vintage cabinet (try eBay) in which to store your glasses.
- Protect the wood with outdoor paint, and position the bar near trees.
- Hang bunting from branches above and adorn the cabinet with flowers. Now all it needs is an ice bucket to keep your drinks cool and a cocktail-making kit.
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Grow your own
Wall-mounted herb or salad planters are ideal for small spaces – just be sure to position them in a bright spot to help your vegetation thrive.
Use matching furniture for a smart food preparation and eating area. Benches can accommodate lots of guests, while a trolley unit provides a useful extra worksurface.
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