Summer is here, which means entertaining al fresco and enjoying afternoons and evenings cranking up the barbecue on the deck. Take your outdoor cooking game to the next level by building this super cool outdoor barbecue shelf. In this episode of Jacob Leaf (Ngāpuhi), aka The Upcycler, shows us how to use old pallets to create a handy cupboard with a drop down door to keep all your oils, rubs, sauces and utensils tucked safely away. The door also doubles as a handy table!
This practical storage unit means you’ll have everything you need right on hand, so there’ll be no need to keep dashing inside to the kitchen. While you can tailor the shelving to suit your specific condiments and equipment, Jacob’s design offers a universal layout to display a wide range of barbecue essentials, as well as an area to hang your tools. Jacob has given his shelf a punchy pop of sunny colour with a coating of Resene Lustacryl in Resene Carpe Diem paired with Resene Woodsman Whitewash, but you can paint yours in a shade to suit your house style.
Upcycling old materials and reimagining them into brand-new pieces is great for the environment, as well as an excellent way to hone your DIY skills. Set aside a weekend and follow these step-by-step instructions to create your very own BBQ wall buddy. Luckily free pallets are usually readily available – check with local bulk stores if they have any they can pass onto you. Or you could create this project with offcuts from another project.