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How To Build a Cabinet for a Grilling Area

Learn how to build a cabinet with a stucco exterior to keep grilling supplies organized.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Prepare the Frames

Since one large unit would be unstable and inefficient, construct three separate units to house the outdoor grill and refrigerator. Cut twelve 18" long 2x2's and eighteen 28" long 2x2's. Use a nail gun to connect the 2x2's to create the face of the cabinet as desired. Nail the three separate frames together to form one unit.

Step 2: Create the Inserts

Cut press-treated plywood to create the inserts according to the size of the frame that will be installed once the cabinet frame is put in place. Staple the wood inserts together to form the shelving. (Use a minimal amount of wood glue if necessary). Place the cabinet unit in place on the deck, and install the inserts.

Step 3: Finish the Cabinet

After the granite is attached, slide the grill and the refrigerator into place. Apply an oil-based, orange-tinted stain to the shelves of the cabinet and allow it to dry.

Step 4: Attach Cement Boards to the Cabinet

Use a power drill to attach cement boards to the outer frame of the cabinet. Add big pieces first, then smaller pieces for the thinner areas around the cabinets. Because the unit is covered in a man-made cement board, real cement cannot adhere directly to it. Attach a wire lath with concrete screws to create a surface for the stucco – add big pieces first, then smaller pieces for the thinner areas around the cabinets.

Step 5: Add the Mortar

Following the instructions on the bag, mix mortar to perfect consistency. Apply a base coat of mortar mix (1/8 to 1/4 inch thick) to the back, front, and sides of the kitchen cabinets. Lightly run a rake along the base coat (this allows the final coat to firmly bond to the lampposts).

Step 6: Add the Stucco

Allow the base coat to dry before applying the colored stucco. While the base coat is drying, mix sand into the mortar until the stucco color you desire is created. Then, cover the base coat with a layer of stucco and 'tipple' the surface with a brush or sponge. Lightly run a trowel across the stucco to smooth the 'pitted' surface. Allow ample time for the stucco to dry.