Our garden has been a bit of a saga over the years. We’ve redefined the border, built a fence, dug it up, flattened it, had a patio laid, grassed it and dug it up again. It’s never been usable, safe or child friendly. It still isn’t (with a huge hole in the grass) and I’m desperate to be able use it.
Last week we had two beautifully sunny afternoons, and I used them to make the boys a mud kitchen. The brilliant thing about this project is that it really doesn’t have to be perfect, and the ideas develop as you go. Mine is based on one that a friend’s husband built, but I’ve adapted it to fit the space we had available. Even though I knew it would be quite easy, it turned out better than I expected (a nice surprise) – you just need to be confident with a drill.
I haven’t written step-by-step instructions, as it really depends on what space you have to work with, but I have included everything that I used, should you like to have a go.
- One double metal sink (£20 from Gumtree)
- Two pallets for the splash back and shelves (free)
- Two lengths of wood to build the sink frame and legs (£12)
- Two trugs (£4 each)
- Old trays and kitchen utensils
- 2.5 inch screws (about 30) and a screwdriver
- Plastic wall plugs (about 10) to secure it to the wall
- Drill with hammer setting and drill bits
- 10 screw-in hooks
- Tape measure and pencil
- A hammer
- Black paint and paintbrush
Could a play date, or BBQ be on the cards for our garden this year? I really hope so.