It’s been a busy, productive week, and I’m happy to say the fire pit is finally finished :).
Here’s what it looked like Sunday morning.
And here’s what it looked like Sunday afternoon.
We had picked up the wheel rim at a junkyard a few weeks ago, and most of the rocks came from our yard, while a few others from the wooded areas surrounding our home.
On Sunday morning, Fisherman and I placed the stones around the rim, which took about an hour. We had quite a few stones left over, not to mention a TON of wood left over from some tree removal in the Spring, so we created a border around the pea gravel with them.
The entire project took us less than 3 hours.
I placed some wood slabs Fisherman had cut to a thickness of around 2″ in random places in the pea gravel. After looking at them for a couple of days I decided they didn’t provide as much of a contrast against the gravel as I would have liked so I stained them.
Notice the difference? Do you also notice the seat cushions are different in this next picture?
Maybe it’s the cooler, crisp weather we’re having, but Wednesday I was on a roll (more about that later). I sewed the two chair covers using a fairly traditional sewing method, but for the love seat I used a super easy, 10 minute method that doesn’t involve any sewing at all.
Basically, think of your cushion as a present and wrap it, using safety pins instead of scotch tape to secure it. This method works best when a pillow has straight edges, which is why I didn’t use it for the chair cushions (they have a bit of a curve). You can get a better idea of what the final product might look like here.
I used the same fabric I’ve had for a few years which I got super cheap at Joanne’s a while back. I don’t love it, but it’s definitely adequate for the fire pit area, and I love using stuff I already have.
A year later, this is what the fire pit area looks like. We’ve added some tree stumps to be used as tables, a couple of plants, lanterns and lastly, grass. It’s become a space we use often, and it was definitely worth the small amount of time and effort it took to make it.
On Monday we ordered this raised garden bed from Amazon. It arrived Wednesday and we put it together Thursday. (Sorry, no pics yet of it in our yard but they’ll come soon.)
In addition to cleaning both the enclosed and open porch from top to bottom on Wednesday, sewing the seat cushions for the fire pit furniture and a bistro table on the porch, staining the wood slabs, and frosting a bathroom window, we managed to find some time Wednesday night to try out the fire pit for the first time.
We placed some inexpensive hurricane LED lamps on the wood posts, which give just the right amount of light.
Come on over! We’ve got a marshmallow with your name on it…
In other news…
After putting together the garden bed Thursday afternoon, I started making canned tomato sauce. I first used this recipe three years ago and have been making it ever since. I never seem to have enough, so this year I’m determined to fix that. It’s a LOT of work (and messy!), but worth it.
There’s still tons of work to do in the yard. Even though I said the fire pit is ready, there’s still a few things we’d like to add to the space. Some of the leftover wood from the tree removal will be utilized as side tables, and we will probably add some plantings next year. We plan on adding stone steps to the front of the house to coordinate with the stone wall we put together, and right now except for the fire pit the back yard is little more than a dirt pit. It’s a process that I’m sure will take a while to finish, but that’s ok, doesn’t everything?
The stone steps are done! We also added some gravel to the driveway, walkway and a flower garden area. Everything is looking great!
Our daughter is in Greece taking a long-overdue honeymoon. Can you believe it took them over a year to get away?? They love Greece, and she said it’s definitely a ‘bucket list’ destination. Have you ever been?