I ran across this homemade, and good-looking, "on the cheap" solution for an outdoor kitchen when I went on our local Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens this past summer. I thought it was an inventive way to create a temporary outdoor kitchen for the summertime. Here, in the city, where we have winter time driveways that get used as summertime patios, having something temporary makes good sense. It can be removed as the weather gets worse and access to driveways and the occasional garage is needed. We don't use our garage in the summertime other than storing garden stuff.
This particular configuration covers up a gas grill cleverly. She's got candles in the open spaces of the cinder blocks for evening wear. This garden tour extends into the night and there are a couple dozen of the gardens that are open for viewing 8-10 p.m. (Which, I am told, devolves into a traveling, drinking, garden party). I haven't visited these gardens at night, but I'd love to see the lighting schemes for ideas. And I like a party.
She's got what looks like some herbs to soften the look of the cinder block kitchen and for throwing on whatever's cookin' that night. It's just one step away from the picnic table and also blocks the view of the picnic table from anyone that might peer down the driveway. And hides the grill–grills are ugly. They look like weak-limbed, Darth-Vador-helmeted go carts.
I have a grill in a fairly unexposed area of our deck. But I was thinking that a few well-placed cinder blocks (which I have), with some barn-board planks (which I have) would make a great summer-time bar. I like the idea of incorporating candles into it.
I've seen on Garden History Girl a post about an artist that can go into a Home Depot and, by dry-stacking garden supplies as simple as pavers, creates contemporary (and temporary) garden-worthy sculptures. I may have to try to combine the two efforts to come up with something even more clever!