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DIY Outdoor Grilling Station

It's that time of the year when we luv to pull the grill out and enjoy cooking in the backyard. We are starting from scratch in many ways here at the home in Maine. We recently purchased a small Solaire portable grill that would allow us to grill outdoors simply. However, we quickly realized that we didn't have anything to put the portable grill on. And we are still pretty much under "stay at home" orders here in southern Maine. Therefore, we rummaged up an old inexpensive dresser, some old shingles, and barn wood and created this adorable outdoor grilling station. I just luv how it turned out.

Check out the Before,

Then we found these shutters up in the attic. I believe they were originally used as a display piece at a gift shop my parents owned over 35 years ago here in southern Maine. We were completely winging this piece. Ha Ha.

Designing the outdoor grilling station with an old dresser and shutters for our small portable grill. Click on photos to enlarge.

We found some old barn wood in a shed that my father used years ago to build a farm table for friends of ours back when we lived in Connecticut. The wood was from an old barn on their property dating back to the late 1700s. We knew instantly that it would be the perfect accent for the top. All it needed was a little sanding.

We painted the dresser an Essex Green, which matches the trim color that we are currently painting the home in Maine. The shutters were already painted a burnt orange, that we actually decided to keep and it really made this piece pop.

I hope you like how this outdoor grilling station turned out! We can also use this as a tabletop or a beverage station moving forward too. It's super versatile! We will keep the grill underneath and place it on top when we are ready to grill.


This dresser is just an inexpensive veneer dresser that I picked up at a second-hand shop years ago for about $30. Perfect to paint and design with!

Ella luvs this spot in the yard, as it is in the shade most of the day. She is listening to a woodpecker in the woods when I took this photo and enjoying her dessert in her "red thing" after dinner. Since taking this photo too, I have moved the antique bell to the side of the door, which I really like much better.

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Welcome to Dabbling & Decorating, a home & vintage decorating blog.  I luv sharing decorating tips, vintage and thrift store finds, DIY projects, and antiques from winters in Vermont to summers renovating our coastal Maine family home. And our berner, Ella who pops in from time to time...  I'm so thrilled you stopped by today and hope you will become a regular here at Dabbling & Decorating! 

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