We had an old gas BBQ which had seen better days. It was the cast iron rolling cart kind of BBQ with slatted wooden sides. When we bought a new BBQ, the old one was no longer going to be used since it was in pretty sad shape. Rather then scrapping the old one, I took the cast iron part off and dismantled it. The top and bottom became heavy duty planters. This left the cart with a large empty space in the middle of the slatted sides. I really liked the cast iron planters but saw some potential with the rolling cart part as well.
Old Gas BBQ & Smoker Become Plant Cart & Planters
Here is the original cast iron BBQ bottom that I painted “.25 Flowers” onto. I planted some red geraniums after placing it in my backyard. I used the top part of the cast iron BBQ for another planter for some succulents.
The cart was too fun to leave alone so I turned it into a plant stand/ herb drying station using the original wooden bottom and placing it into the hole where the cast iron BBQ used to be. I added some recycled wooden slats I had stashed from my old wooden bench to make a new bottom for the cart. There was still a weird gap in the top, so I built an upright out of some scrap wood to fill the gap. I stapled chicken wire at the top of the upright to use for herb drying. I added cup hooks to the upright to hold garden tools/ little buckets. I use this little cart for rooting & arranging my succulents in small pots.
My old BBQ became two planters and a rolling plant cart/ plant station. I repurposed/ upcycled almost the whole BBQ. I did end up recycling the cast iron grates though.
I use this cart to hold many plants and a few supplies for gardening. The planters have plants thriving in them. It was so much fun turning the old BBQ into some other useful items. Shortly after this makeover, I spotted an old smoker sitting curbside. I scooped it up and brought it home. I took it apart, to up-cycle as well.
The main part of the smoker was basically a large metal tube with wooden handles. I set it where I wanted it, filled it with my composted soil, and planted my aloe and geraniums. Since there is no bottom, the plants have plenty of room for roots.
I then used the lid from the smoker with the electric grill bottom to create an electric mini table top BBQ. So this curbside “ treasure find”, which was headed for the landfill, became a planter and a little BBQ. I hope you got inspired to create your own up -cycle.
Summer lovin’ with old stuff blooming with new life. Thanks for stopping by.
- Cast iron BBQ (Had it)
- Metal standing Smoker (Found it curbside)