Just a few short years ago we created a stone fire pit. It is one of our family’s favorite spots to hang out in our backyard, especially when we have large parties. We recently gave our fire pit an upgrade for less than $100 in just one day! Check out our gravel fire pit makeover!
Gravel Fire Pit Makeover
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My husband is a pretty amazing guy… however, he hates to weed whack :). Over the years, the grass and weeds had started to invade all the flagstone we had laid down around our stone fire pit making it look really sad.
To make our fire pit area a little nicer AND more importantly, to avoid weed whacking it 😉 we decided to replace the weeds and dirt with pea gravel. Jason, with the help of the boys surprised me with this outdoor DIY project so I do not have any step by step photos to show you guys :).
The first thing they did was to level out the dirt around our fire pit. They then laid down some landscape fabric and added Belgium block (or cobblestone) around the edges of the patio.
We brought back the flagstone that was added previously and filled in the gaps with pea gravel. It ties in so much better with the rest of the stone walkway around our house.
To add more seating, Jason built 3 long beam benches to go around the fire pit. The smaller wooden beam benches we built a few years ago were just not large enough to accommodate all the people that gather around our fire pit and the feet had started to rot in the dirt.
We used pressure treated beams left over from our wood retaining wall for the feet this time around in hopes that these benches will last a long time!
Our fire pit is pretty now!
It looks SO much nicer next to our sunken patio and arbor. BTW, I think my garden decided to put on it’s Sunday best for my fire pit this year :). What a difference a year makes from how this area looked last year.
And, because we were lucky to have all the cobblestone and benches we only needed to purchase the landscape fabric and pea gravel. For anyone interested, this is the pea gravel we used from Lowes…
It has only been 2 weeks but we have already taken advantage of our new gravel fire pit with some fires and s’mores.
We are having so much fun DIYing outside again that we just can’t seem to finish this kitchen renovation :).
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Check out even more outdoor DIY projects below!
DIY Stone Patio Fire Pit & Beam Benches