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Make a Patio Cart from an Old BBQ

Finished patio cart sitting on grass.

What do you do when your BBQ has cooked it’s last burger?  We loved our first weber gas grill and used it rain or shine, when it was beyond repair we were forced to get a new one.  The cart portion was still in great shape so after we discarded the broken BBQ I convinced my husband to keep the cart because I had plans for it.  It sat on the side of the house for more than a few years but I still wouldn’t let him toss it and finally a few summers ago we made a beautiful Patio Cart from our old BBQ cart.

I’d considered many different materials for the top and shelf underneath and finally standing in Lowes I decided to go with redwood.  It was the cheapest and easiest of everything I’d thought of.  I’m so glad I went with redwood, all the supplies for the patio cart cost less than $50.

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I forgot to take a picture of the cart before I started working but I found this image of a similar model so you get an idea what we started with.  The only difference is my cart doesn’t have the tiny wheels seen on the left and the bottom has two lower bars running left to right.  Everything was stripped off and we were left with the metal frame.

BBQ Cart with bbq still in tact.

I sanded the frame to rough up the surface and get rid of a little rust.  I bought two cans Rustoleum Forged Hammered Paint and Primer in One in Chestnut since it went nicely with the natural redwood finish.

Once we decided on an overhang my husband cut the 2×6 boards to size.  Write down the measurement of the overhang on all four sides.  You’ll refer to these measurements when it’s time to assemble.

Before I painted the frame we dry fit the boards and marked the underside of the frame for two holes per board.  Using two screws per board will keep the wood from cupping over time.

I turned the cart upside down on old lumber and drilled pilot holes just large enough for the screws.

Drilling hols in underside of cart.

Holes drilled in patio cart for attaching redwood.

Forgive the dead grass, we were in a drought and doing our part to conserve water.

When all the holes were drilled I carefully snipped away the metal splinters.  Make sure you read my tips at the end of the post.

snipping off bits of metal after drilling holes.

I wiped down the patio cart with old rags before I got busy painting.  I covered the wheels with a square of paper with a slit on one side and secured it with painters tape.

Cover wheels of bbq cart before painting frame.

Finally time for paint.

Spray painting frame of bbq cart.

Painted bbq frame drying on cardboard.

While the paint dried I prepped the boards for the top and the lower shelf of the patio cart.  I used a national brand water sealer because I like the natural color of redwood versus the weathered look.  You could also use exterior paint depending on the wood you choose.

Water protecting redwood boards before attaching to patio cart.

The redwood varied in appearance so once the boards were dry I put them in a pattern I liked. Heart redwood has a more uniform appearance but it’s significantly more expensive.

Patio Cart Waterproofed and drying in the sun.

After the boards were dry I laid them out in a nice pattern and carefully turned them face down so they stayed in the right order.  I used my overhang measurements to line it up and started assembling.

Aligning boards to frame of patio cart.

Screwing bbq cart frame to redwood boards for top of patio cart.

The bottom shelf was trickier to attach so my husband held the boards against the frame while I screwed them in place.  Oh, he’s a brave one.

Top and bottom of patio cart boards installed.

As the last step I used soap, water, and Armor All on the wheels of the patio cart to make them look as good as new.

Here’s our new patio cart.  It might not be able to cook a burger but it’s ready to help serve them to hungry guests at our next BBQ.  We can wheel it wherever we want and it also works great as a drink station 🙂

Completed Patio Cart on lawn and ready to hold drinks or snacks at a party.

Tips for Making a Patio Cart:

  • Don’t drill through metal over the lawn.  We have dogs and I spent way too much time picking up metal shavings to keep them from getting splinters.
  • When you use spray paint the key is to start spraying before the paint meets the patio cart and keep the can moving.
  • Apply a few light coats of paint to avoid drips.

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DIY a Patio Cart from your old BBQ.

Now, who’s ready for some Summer BBQ Parties?  I know I am with my new BBQ and my new Patio Cart.

Until next time!

Toni

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james

Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Hi there, your cart is great and creative. I just love it. I have been gardening for the last five years. Can you suggest me some keyword? Thank you for your great content.

Amanda Kolb

Monday 15th of October 2018

We currently have our old sad grill sitting in our storage shed waiting for bulk trash pick up. I was eyeing the base when we moved it thinking I could probably do something with it and then saw your post! GREAT idea!

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 15th of October 2018

Do it!!! It'll be beautiful :) There are so many ways it can be done and I've thought about giving mine a good sanding and doing some updates to it.

Arvin Tjahjadi

Saturday 25th of February 2017

Hi Toni may I ask what kind of water sealer are you using for redwood boards? I'm using a similar project with my weber grill cart. I painted the frame and cut the redwood boards but mistakenly used a wood preservative instead :(

Toni | Girl Just DIY

Monday 15th of October 2018

Oh I'm so sorry that I am just now seeing your comment with the question. I feel horrible because I try to answer or reply to every comment. We originally used Thompson's water sealer and it didn't hold up. But then again we left it out in the rain. I would probably use a semi-transparent tinted oil-based stain when I give it a facelift. I don't recall the brand we used on our fencing but we purchased it at Lowe's.

Pamela List

Monday 20th of June 2016

What a neat cart. I love that it has multi=shades of wood. It give it a rustic but clean look.

Thanks for sharing .

Toni Harvey

Monday 20th of June 2016

Hi Pamela, thanks so much, I love redwood and the various tones it has :)

Susanne

Saturday 18th of June 2016

I love the wood you used for your cart! What a great way to repurpose!!

Toni Harvey

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Thanks Susanne, I really love redwood in it's natural color. I need to give it a little refresh after a few winters outside and I have a plan for putting our initial on the top with a wood burner :D