Happy Friday!!! We have been super busy this summer tackling lots of outdoor projects and decided to give our old propane fire pit a makeover while we were at it. If you have been following along, you know we just added a Stock Tank Pool. Good news bad news. We love the stock tank pool but it now occupies the space where our fire pit used to sit in the backyard. First world problems, right? So we decided to move it to the patio between our sofas. In doing so, I realized it was feeling a bit dated and we needed a DIY Fire Pit Makeover with Wood Cover. Challenge accepted! Shocking, right? This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my policies.
So lets start at the beginning. We purchased this fire pit about 7 years ago when we added the patio. The backyard was still a massive work in progress and at the time the fire pit fit our needs both functionally and aesthetically. Fast forward to today and things have changed a bit. Not only has the backyard decor become a bit more modern, but so has our house itself. Not to mention, the fire pit was getting a bit worn from years of sitting outside. This is what it looked liked when it sat where the pool is now.
DIY Fire Pit Makeover
When we moved the fire pit to the patio I knew it needed a more modern look, and don’t even get me started on those lava rocks! I have hated those from day one! So I decided to paint the bottom of the fire pit with some of the left over house paint. The creamy white felt so clean and fresh next to the black granite.
The next step was to address those lava rocks. The 80s called and wanted them back, haha! Seriously, I have always wanted to upgrade the rocks but fire glass is kind of expensive! We spent a fair amount of time searching for the perfect and most affordable glass and ended up going a little unconventional. We stumbled upon these smooth, gray stones and decided to mix them with this smoky fire glass.
The next issue to address was the cover, or lack there of. Originally the fire pit came with a cover, but hail shredded ours about two or three years in. Since then we have put a tarp over it in the winter, super fancy, I know! This method works fine and we will probably still tarp it this winter, but having the tarp on all the time makes us lazy and not use it as much. I know you are thinking, why do you need to cover it? One word for you, HAIL! We get a fair amount of hail here so I want to make sure the granite top is protected when not in use. So I decided to make a wood top for it.
This will keep it protected when not in use and doubles as a table top. I was planning to share a sweet tutorial with you all on how I did it, but let’s just say things did not go according to plan, so I will give you the cliff notes version. I made it from a 4×4 piece of plywood.
I originally planned to make an absolutely perfect circle with this awesome contraption we built for our jigsaw.
I am still not entirely sure what went wrong, but from the research I have done, our jigsaws (we have two) may not be powerful enough for this. After breaking multiple blades meant to cut curves, I salvaged my sanity (and the plywood) and used the jig to draw the circle and cut it out freehand with this jigsaw. Is it perfect? No, but it worked.
Then I sanded, stained and sealed it and added a handle to make it easier to move around.
Now the fire pit not only feels fresh and modern, but it is better protected from our weather.
How magical is the fire pit at night now? It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine and s’mores! The beauty of having a propane fire pit is, when we are ready to call it a night, we simply turn it off. No waiting required.
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