Mom Transforms Yard, Builds Outdoor Kitchen for Just $72

A savvy mom has shared how she transformed her yard and built a stunning outdoor kitchen for just $72.

Belle Rogers, 41, upcycled old materials left over from renovating her detached five-bed barn conversion home to create the incredible outdoor space on a shoestring budget.

Belle Rogers, 41, upcycled old materials left over from renovating her detached five-bed barn conversation home to create the incredible outdoor space on a shoestring budget.
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She used extra tiles from her bathroom to make the worktops and old pallets were turned into cupboards. Leftover patio slabs were used for the flooring area, and she scoured Facebook Marketplace for kitchen accessories for the finishing touches.

The only thing she forked out on where the cast-iron handles and hanging rails – setting her back around $72.

The creative Rogers is already thinking about her next project and plans to turn an old greenhouse into an outdoor bar at her Georgian farmhouse in Newark, Nottinghamshire, in England’s Midlands region.

Rogers, a creative partner at a design company, said: “I love giving things a new lease on life.

“I don’t throw away anything – our garage is full of leftover material from previous projects.

“I’ve designed everything for the house, inside and out, I love getting stuck into a project.

“I’m really pleased with how the kitchen turned out.”

Rogers and her husband David, 50, purchased the five-bed Georgian farmhouse cottage with a barn conversion in 2014 and got to work renovating it when they moved in in January 2015.

After working hard on the interiors, Rogers felt as though the yard had been overlooked. The backyard was turned into a vegetable patch where the family grows their own produce.

Belle Rogers upcycled outdoor space
Belle Rogers, 41, upcycled old materials left over from renovating her detached five-bed barn conversion home to create the incredible outdoor space on a shoestring budget.
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For the side yard, Rogers drew up plans and got to work giving the outdoor space a makeover.

She said: “We didn’t have much of an entertaining space before.

“I designed a cozy seating area, and we had a dunk tank put in for swimming.

“I loved the idea of an outdoor kitchen, but my husband wasn’t sure about it.

“But I knew we could do it while saving money.”

Rogers is a big believer in upcycling and creating things on a budget. She saves any leftover material from previous renovations just in case they could come in handy.

The frame of the outdoor kitchen was made from extra wood leftover from a pergola she built in the yard. The worktops are bathroom tiles, and old pallets have been repurposed and painted for the cupboards.

She also scoured Facebook Marketplace for bargains, finding furniture and accessories to upcycle.

“I source my own materials, which helps save money for building projects,” she said.

“I’m not a builder, but I do as much DIY as I can.

“I had a vision for the garden, and I went for it.”

Rogers is still renovating the house and coming up with new ideas every day.

She is planning to turn an old greenhouse into an outdoor bar, removing the glass and using pallets to create a drop-down counter.

She documents her house renovation on Instagram under the handle @designermumetc where she has gathered 107,000 followers.

Rogers said: “After doing-up the bathroom, I have an old bathtub sat out there.

“I could throw it away, but I’m thinking of filling it with flowers to make a unique planter.

“I would really encourage people try and upcycle and reuse things they might throw away.

“You never know what you could make with it.”

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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