Mud Kitchen

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 06/21/2020 - 14:14
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For about $50 you can build a mud kitchen with a REAL WORKING SINK for your child!  Free plans from

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The best part of the kitchen is the sink!  Right?  

My kids have always loved play kitchens, and I've built many.  But not having a working sink with real running water always required alot of imagination.

Then I discovered the MUD KITCHEN!!! 

Mud Kitchen Features

  • Real working sink that hooks up to a garden hose
  • Faucet cannot be left on - automatically turns off when not actively in use
  • Drain water can be reused
  • Hooks for storing pots, pans and utensils
  • Removeable "stove" pieces to customize use (ie use as a potting bench or rock cleaning and paint station)
  • Storage shelf
  • Easy to customize and decorate
  • Sturdy construction using time tested methods suitable for outdoor use
  • Cedar flat surfaces will last longer
  • About $50 in new materials to build 
  • Simple construction that most anyone can tackle with a few tools

We LOVE this mud kitchen as is, but I did want to mention my six year old son thought it would make a fantastic fish cleaning station.  He also is washing rocks and painting them.  I could also see this used as a child's potting bench, serving area for kids, lemonade stand, or wildflower florist station.  The options are endless!

Video Tutorial

I did a video tutorial of this build, please take a moment to watch before you tackle this project:

Mud Kitchen Plans

The mud kitchen plans follow, please share a photo if you build - we love seeing your projects.

mud kitchen plans

mud kitchen dimensions
Mud Kitchen Dimensions shown in diagram, suitable for most preschool aged children


Shopping List

3 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long

1 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long

4 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets, 6 feet long, prefer NOT dogeared

40 - 2-1/2" long self tapping trim screws 

50 - 1-1/2" long self tapping trim screws

Cut List

3 - 2x2 @ 40" - back legs

3 - 2x2 @ 19-1/4" - front legs

3 - 2x2 @ 15-1/2" - bottom shelf support

7 - 2x4 @ 15-1/2" - top shelf supports and back splash

8 - 5-1/2" wide cedar fence pickets @ 35-1/2" long

3 - 2x2 @ 7" - long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 45 degrees, ends NOT parallel*

*DO NOT cut from small pieces of wood.  Always clamp when cutting.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

NOTE: The cedar fence pickets may be rough and have splinters.  Sand first.


Step 1

Build three leg sets the same as shown in diagram.  I used two screws to attach the 2x4s, and one 2x2 to attach the 2x2s to the 2x2s.

Step 2

Attach the three leg sets together with one front and one back with two screws per joint.

Step 3

Add remaining supports to finish the frame for the mud kitchen.

Step 4

Layout the bottom shelf 1x6 boards and notch out the front one around the 2x2 legs.

Screw down, leaving even gaps for water drainage in between.

Step 5

Layout top boards with even gaps in between and screw down.

Cut sink out.

Step 6

Attach top shelf back board to 2x2 legs, flush to top.

Step 7

Attach top shelf shelf board to bottom of the back board.

Step 8

Attach shelf support brackets to the underside of the top shelf.

Step 9

If desired, cut out stovetop pieces from 1x6 scraps.  As shown, a 1/2" hole is drilled and the holes are connected with a jigsaw.

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Mon, 06/22/2020 - 14:05

Would untreated 2x4s work outside for long? Wouldn't you go with treated or something else that will survive?


Sun, 06/28/2020 - 23:52

Pretty amazing. I was looking for a plan wherein I could cook sometimes in my calm and breezy outdoors and have a great family dining in my garden space. This is the best one that I would want to try. Thanks for sharing.