Chillin’ & Grillin’

If you didn’t know already, Michael and I love to grill. To find out just how much we love to grill, check out this post and this one, oh and here’s another one. I think you get the picture. Most people who grill have a preference on gas or charcoal and we’re no exception. Racheal at LCH equates it to the preference between Coke and Pepsi (see her post here) and I have to agree. Michael and I started off as gas grill people when we were living in our apartment and then about 5 years ago, someone gave us an old charcoal Weber grill they were getting rid of. It sat in storage for a while until we bought our house and then it took up residence on the three seasons porch. We are now die-hard charcoal fans, but mean no harm to those who like propane and propane accessories. With as much time as we spend grilling and just sitting on the porch looking at our grill, we I decided that we needed a new grill. I had my eye on this one at Target

But being the cheapskates frugal people that we are, we couldn’t justify spending $100 on a grill when the one we have works splendidly…it just wasn’t pretty anymore. Enter crazy Amy and her need to have things functional and pretty and who evidently feels the need to talk in the third person occasionally.

The first step was to find a couple missing/broken parts cheap enough that we were willing to pay for. We needed a new ash catcher for two reasons. 1) We have cats that like to be on the porch…I’ll leave it at that 2) Our three seasons porch where Weber calls home has a wood floor and hot coals falling out with the ash and wood floors do not go well together. Who knew? The other thing we needed was a new handle on the lid. Most of the wood had broken off the current one, so you had to lift the lid and put it back down quick out of fear of losing your fingerprints.

I looked around on Ebay and Amazon and then decided to go straight to the source. Thanks to a coupon code for free shipping, I was able to get the ash catcher and a new handle and 3 hubcaps from for $16 . Turns out I didn’t know what the hubcaps were despite the quite obvious picture and title of them so we didn’t need those. If they had cost more that $1.49 I would probably be upset with myself. As soon as that box arrived last Saturday, I was at Menards picking up some high heat paint (our little Weber needs a fresh coat of paint like most things in our house). I happen to love the idea of painting things the color they aren’t meant to be but unfortunately there was no high heat paint in orange so I got this

To which Michael said “I kinda wanted it glossy.” From there the conversation went from Menards didn’t have it to lets check automotive paint. That’s the Reader’s Digest version. The longer version also includes a discussion about the afore mentioned copper grill at Target that was out of stock and Michael thinking I was talking about copper paint at Menards. Someone I work with calls me a super hero (she’s the best) but I don’t compare to my dear husband Michael who found me this

If you’re thinking of painting your grill, make sure to get the high heat version of paint so it will last. This one is rated for 1200 degrees.

Remember this quote from this post

Michael says he gets worried every time I say “Look what I want to do” because that is literally translated as “Look what you get to do”. He’s probably right about 50% of the time.

Turns out this was one of those times. So here is what we started with

The aluminum foil on the bottom grate is our (not so successful) attempt at an ash catcher. Heaven knows I had enough left over from this my adventure wrapping someone’s cubicle in foil.

My dear husband is a restoration artist of sorts. Usually on cars, but evidently this translates to grills too.

The basic rundown on what we had to do to it:

  • Completely disassemble absolutely the entire thing
  • Clean absolutely every single part – oven cleaner comes in handy here
  • Weld the handle that was falling off
  • Add a little bit of primer to the rust spots – please see update post about this step
  • Try polishing the legs and the little vent on the top and then revamp and paint them with chrome paint
  • Paint the whole outside with the fab copper high heat paint – note that the inside wasn’t painted because we didn’t want any paint fumes to possibly taint our bacon and Havarti stuffed Jucy Lucys
  • Put it all back together and let it sit in the sun to “bake the paint”

Do all that and this

Will become this


Magically becomes this

Just in time for the holiday weekend!

Since we did this all to save some cash-ola here’s the breakdown of how much this little reno cost

  • Fancy schmancy new grill grate with the neat little flip up sides for some wood chips – $14 from Target
  • New lid handle from – $7
  • New ash catcher – $8
  • Hubcaps for the wheels (that we didn’t need but used anyway – $1.49
  • Two cans of copper high heat paint – $13

Total cost $52…and worth every penny. Can you sense how absolutely enthralled I am with this? Look at me using a big word like enthralled!

Now that we have a pretty grill to look at, come gather on our porch…sit long, talk much, laugh often.

Update: please see update post here before doing this project on your own grill…we make mistakes so you don’t have to.

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3 thoughts on “Chillin’ & Grillin’

  1. Jenna

    This is awesome!!!

  2. Kristen

    It looks so amazing!

  3. Curtis

    Beautiful job! That’s a 1986 model btw, awesome restoration!

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