Part 3. Washtub Rehab – The Plans

Washtub sans wheels.I’m rehabbing an old laundry washtub into a grill cart/cooler combo. I say grill cart, but really the same concept could be adapted for a garden cart with storage, or a mini-bar or even just a table.

Today I scanned in the plans that I’ve been sketching for a door frame for the washtub’s opening tabletop. I also illustrated a couple of photos of the washtub to show how I think the doors should work. See the gallery below for the plans.

Of equal excitement, I went shopping for supplies. Here’s what I got and why:

Framing and Surface Materials: I picked up some weather treated 2″x 2″ x 36″ deck spindles for a whopping .79¢ apiece. My intention is to use these as the frame pieces that the hinges for the doors will attach to. I want a wooden frame because I don’t want the weight of the swing-open doors to stress the sides of the washtub, bending it out of shape and making a gap between the two halves of the tabletop. I also picked up a 8′ x 24″ piece of 1/2″ sanded plywood for the surface. The cost of the plywood was $18.00, but will give me enough material to work with in case I botch something up.

Paint, Stain and Related: Painting is going to be more expensive than I intended. I originally thought that an exterior spray enamel would be the way to go, but after confirming with research what the helpful paint specialist at Menard’s* told me, I’ll have to go with exterior latex. Spray paint peels off of galvanized metal very easily and is not recommended for painting it. Even Rust-Olium warns you in red lettering not to use on galvanized metal. I ended up buying a quart of each color of Dutch Boy Ultimate Exterior Latex Paint-and-Primer-in-One (or some iteration of the name). Two colors = two quarts. Not cheap, either. I also some bought some cherry stain for finishing the tabletop. Also bought some cheap sponge brushes.  I’ll have to update the price for paint, stain and sundries later.
* Someone helpful at a “big box” store? I felt like I was in The Twilight Zone!

Mobility and Support: I picked out four sturdy 2″ ball bearing casters (80 lbs. weight capacity), two with locking wheels. I will need to use a punch to expand the holes slightly for the pins. The casters averaged about $4.00 apiece.

Hardware and Miscellaneous: I still need to pick-up the hinges, screws, and hardware (hangers for grill utensils, a new clamp for the drain hose, etc.).

Next time - Enough Talk. Time for Action!

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