My rule about Craigslist finds: If I can clean it, paint it, or put it outside, it’s okay get it from Craigslist. If it’s fabric, alive, or requires the use of a crane, I cannot get it from Craigslist.
Do a lot of people have cranes? I just have a hatchback.
I don’t haunt the free section of Craigslist, but occasionally I take a peek and look for my next re-purposing project. When I saw the curb alert with my future grill, I immediately jumped in the car and picked it up. Crazy? Yes. Necessary? Yes.
Parked in the suburbs and wheeling a filthy grill into my car, I had no idea if I could actually clean or paint it. I assumed I could, but I felt really creepy standing in front of a stranger’s house while I tried to Google it, so I took it home and hoped for the best.
The good news is that everything (though dirty) seemed to be intact.
All of the fixtures worked, the hardware seemed relatively new, and there were no unintentional holes.Still, this was one of those projects that made Z narrow his eyes and wonder if he married a crazy person. “How did you get it in the car?” he asked.
Very quickly and very awkwardly.
Sanity in question, we began the cleaning process.
Whether we could make this part work was the deciding factor for continuing, and with lots of soap we deemed that yes, this grill could in fact be sanitary enough to prepare food.
Though it actually looked really nice once we got all of the dirt off, I still wanted to paint it. We walked into Ace and as it turns out, people actually paint grills all the time. My question was not a new one, and the attendant looked at me like I was asking if fish could swim.
And if your neighbors wonder why you’re taking pictures of your grill, just stare right back at them with a creepy grin on your face. That’ll teach them to leave you alone.
We love sitting on our patio and firing up the grill, and it’s even better knowing that we didn’t have to spend $80 on a comparable one. Always, always look at what things could be (not just what they are) and be willing to get your hands a little dirty. You can get all kinds of things for (almost) free this way.
Total project cost: $6 for paint
Total time investment: 2 hours
Can you paint a grill? Absolutely. And it will be glorious.
(If you can’t wait for porch weather, it’s beautiful in Vegas right now. Just sayin’.)