Planning & preparation
- We are going to show you how to build a mud kitchen, step by step.
- It provides the perfect place for little ones to play outdoors all year round and encourages them to use their imagination.
- This project doesn’t require too much time or experience to complete and uses materials that are all available from Wickes.
- It should take a DIYer with moderate experience around half a day to complete.
- You can create your own design or use our cutting list as a design.
- Always make sure that your power tools are unplugged while you’re setting them up or changing accessories, to ensure your safety.
- Keeping the plug in-sight acts as a visual reminder to prevent accidents and hazards.
- For extra safety when using power tools and painting, be sure to wear protective equipment, including your ear defenders, goggles and a dust mask.
Gathering tools and materials
Everything you need can be found at Wickes, but we also encourage you to make use of any offcuts you have lying around.
Let the scale of your garden guide you when it comes to size and get creative with your design.
Cutting your timber
Once you’ve decided on your size, measure and mark your timber in preparation for cutting.
If you’re confident of all your measurements before you get started, it can save time and effort to get all of your cutting done in one go. However, it’s also okay to cut what you need as you go along.
Building the end frames
There are many different ways to construct a mud kitchen. For our design, we’re starting out by dry-laying the configuration of our end frames.
Once the pieces for your first panel are in place, join them by screwing them together. Repeat this process to build your other end frame.
Joining your end frames
Stand up your two end frames on your work bench.
Lay your upper and lower boards in position so that they’re sat flush against the end panels- this gives you your worktop and shelf.
Embed screws into your first front fascia board before offering it up and clamping it in place.
Screw your front fascia board into place, before repeating this process for the front board on the lower shelf.
Then do the same for the upper and lower fascia boards on the back.
Fitting your splashback
Clamp your first board in place against the back of the end frame so that it stays steady.
Lay your spacers on top before laying the second board for your splashback and clamping it in place.
Attach them to the end frames by screwing them in place, then remove your spacers.
Fitting the chimes
Attach hooks to one end of the top shelf by piloting holes and then screwing them in by hand.
Once you’ve fitted the number of hooks you’ll need for your chimes, fit the board to the top of your mud kitchen so that the hooks are hanging off the end.
Personalising your mud kitchen
Once you’ve constructed your mud kitchen, it’s time to get imaginative and personalise it with some decorative touches.
We used metal handles and turned them into pretend hob burners, to do this; remove the top front fascia panel for easier access to the underside of the shelf, then mark the position and screw them into place from the underside of the top shelf.
You can also get creative with colours and give it a new look with paint, or provide the timber with some extra protection from the weather using the treatment of your choice.