Creating an outdoor kitchen

As the weather warms up, many of us will be thinking of moving our meals to the garden – but why stop at just a barbecue? With a few simple changes and a lick of paint, it’s now possible to create an outdoor cooking space to rival the kitchen. Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director at Cuprinol, shows us how to decorate it.


  1. Have a strip of MDF cut to your desired splash back size. Paint the MDF with 1-2 coats of paint (Cuprinol recommends its Garden Shades ‘Natural Stone’) and allow to dry

  2. Draw a 16cm square onto stencil card, witha 1cm border inside this square. Draw an intersecting line from corner to corner, creating a cross through the square

  3. Cut out the two opposing triangles and repeat steps 2 and 3 so that you have one stencil for each colour

  4. Using chalk, mark out a 15 cm squared grid on your dry, painted MDF

  5. Hold your stencil in place with masking tape and use a sponge dipped in your first colour (Cuprinol recommends its Garden Shades ‘Terracotta’) to dab lightly through the stencil

  6. Gently peel off the masking tape and reposition the stencil to fill in every other tile with the first colour. Allow to dry.

  7. Using the second stencil, invert the design and fill in the remaining tiles with a second colour (Cuprinol recommends its Garden Shades ‘Seagrass’). Allow to dry before securing your garden tile effect in place.

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