Published: September 25, 2016
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DIY Outdoor Grilling Tool Station
By: Merri Cventan
Merri Cvetan combines her professional interior design skills with a flair for DIY to create many inventive projects at her home in Wisconsin. Merri writes about her house and outdoor yard area for The Home Depot. If you are planning a new project involving paint, you can find a wide selection at Home Depot online.
Grilling isn’t always confined to one season—it’s a year-round love affair with food cooked outdoors. In the north, the aroma of barbeque is in the air even during really cold spells.
My husband is the grill master in our house. He makes a mean T-Bone with roasted vegetables on the side. When he’s grilling, his challenge is having everything at hand and a clear surface to work on. My challenge was to design a grilling tool station for him that will hold every tong, spatula, and brush he could possibly need.
This project was finished in an afternoon. It required only a few supplies:
- I used a table my son made in Cub Scouts from old wood. It’s rustic, but sturdy. It measures 20” wide by 11” deep by 29” high. You can use any table, but don’t go shorter than 29 or 30” or it will be hard to reach.
- Exterior latex paint
- Pegboard hooks
- Contact paper – washable, adhesive paper
I purchased a 2-feet by 4-ft. sheet of brown pegboard. I could have left it as-is, but thought a washable surface was necessary, so I gave it a couple of coats of white paint in a satin finish. A small roller brush is the perfect tool for painting flat surfaces with a little texture.
The pegboard was four inches wider than the table, so I trimmed off the excess with a table saw. Then I screwed the board to the back of the table legs and top.
I cut the leftover piece of pegboard to fit the bottom stringer on the table to make an additional shelf.
The top of this table was a little too rustic, and raw wood can be a breeding ground for germs. Although I could have painted it, I decided to cover it with an adhesive paper instead. It gives the table a nice smooth surface that’s easy to clean and can be replaced if it gets scratched or cut.
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