One thing is for sure that I am not a city girl. I was born in the countryside, my heart yearns for the countryside, and one day I aim to be back there…hopefully soon. Until then, I’m trying to make the best of where we are planted and that includes dealing with unsavory issues with those around us. We decided to put up a privacy fence for obvious reasons, and thought we would share how to stain a fence the fast & easy way.
It is finally summer and I am so excited!! Why? Because my cabin fever stent is over and my family and I can finally get into our back yard. I have been staring out my windows all winter scheming and planning new and improved ways to make it more hospitable. I’m also about making it easier to care for (can I get an amen?). Today is all about our forlorn fire pit. It has served us well over the last four years, but today is demo time. Follow along as we show you how to create your very own DIY fire pit.
Before we get started, I wanted to give you a bit of history on this fire pit. Four years ago I shared this original post detailing how blessed I was to be able to create it for JC on Father’s Day without spending a dime. All the materials were sourced from
The time has finally come. Are you ready for a tour of our patio makoever? We are!! First, I want to give a huge shout-out to my hubby and kids. Without them this massive undertaking would not have happened. We’ve poured countless hours outside of our normal workload building and creating a family space we can now all enjoy. Second, I would to thank my sponsors, DFO Home and HomeRight. Their awesome products (see previous post for details) have made this makeover even better than imagined.
Let the tour begin! It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t take you back to where it all started…with the hand-me-down patio set my parents gave me. You can read more on the before here.
Here’s what we started with…
…and the after…
Summer is quickly coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time left to enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoors. Previously, I had shared with you a couple of backyard projects, the fire pit and my mud bar that were created by using reclaimed materials. This time, my project is not made with reclaimed wood, but most certainly could be.
Check out one of our favorite backyard projects….the sand table!
As for keeping out the critters, we just use a small tarp and bungees to keep the rain and neighborhood furry friends out. The main problem you will have is keeping your kids out of it once you get it built!
This table nd our mud bar are by far the most used and most loved toys we have. Your kids will love it!
Got questions? Please feel free to ask – I’d love to help! We are working on putting together a diagrammed tutorial, so become a follower to get all the details.
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Welcome back to those returning to see the next installation of the Backyard Fun Series! If you’re just joining in, you can catch up on the first post about making a Mud Bar. Now the first project was for the kids. (secretly it’s for you so you can catch up on that book you’ve been trying to finish while they’re up to their elbows in fun – ha!) How about something for the family? For a while, I had wanted a fire pit so my family and I could make memories, just like I did as a kid. What better than a budget fire pit? You might be saying…okay, how is that reclaimed?
Father’s Day was coming and I was feverishly trying to save up some money to buy brick. It just wasn’t happening. While on my city cleanup junking run, I came upon a neighbor of mine as he was putting red brick out for city cleanup. He even asked me if I wanted his landscaping rocks….of course I do! God is good! Do you know I had just enough brick to make this entire set?
To make the pit, lay out the bricks in a size circle you want (mine is about 3ft diameter). Then take sidewalk chalk and trace the outside of the ring. Remove the bricks temporarily and grab a basic garden shovel (or a sod shovel if you have one…a square nose shovel) and take up the sod. Then, build your ring to about 3 bricks high, overlapping the seams.
safety note: red brick is fine to use in a fire pit as long as you don’t plan on building large or very hot fires. It can pop if it gets too hot, so if you plan on building large fires, then you better go to a home improvement store and purchase fire brick. We’ve used ours for years with no problems, but we only roast small items over small fires. It’s also safe to place the pit 12-20ft. away from any building.