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Barbecue spray paint makeover

A few years ago, my mum and dad bought us a charcoal barbecue as a gift. When we got our house and had so much work to do to improve it, buying a barbecue just wasn’t a priority, so it was such a nice surprise to receive one. We really enjoy having barbecues in the summer with some salad and crusty bread yum!

We have debated swapping to a big gas barbecue many times, but I like having a charcoal one and when there are so many other things for the house and garden we want to spend money on, it seems silly to buy something so expensive when the barbecue we have works perfectly fine.

Although it does the job, it was looking a complete mess and it had started to go rusty in places, as you can see in the photo below of the bottom part of it. Oh such a glamorous photo!


We decided to try using some spray paint on it to see if that would make it look a bit better, to see if we could improve it’s appearance, rather than throwing it away.

We used Rustoleum Stove & BBQ Paint, which we thought would be perfect, considering it’s specifically for barbecues, so it can resist high temperatures. We decided that black would make a nice change from silver.


We gave the whole barbecue a really good clean and then Dan separated the smaller parts of it out onto cardboard, and started spray painting.


We wrapped kitchen roll around the wooden parts of the handles, so that we would paint just the metal part and not the wood.


We left it all to dry in the sunshine and then gave everything a second coat.

And here’s how it looks after it’s spray paint makeover.


We had already tried out the newly painted barbecue by the time I got round to taking these after photos and the spray paint held up perfectly fine, which is a good start!


I was battling the sunlight, so apologies that the second photo isn’t as clear as it could have been. However, hopefully it shows the huge change that just some black spray paint has made to it’s appearance.

The spray paint canister does say that it stops rust, so I’m hopeful that this will be the case. The wooden handles aren’t looking too impressive and the legs are a tad bit bent but, other than that, it looks pretty much good as new!

We’re really pleased with the results and it was so much cheaper than buying a new barbecue.

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