Hello lovely friends! So if you’re anything like us, you’re probably realizing all the spruce-ups that need to take place in the yard before spring officially starts. It can be a little overwhelming… and a job that feels like it’s never done. But we’re actually kind of excited about this year because we’ve decided to start dabbling in a little gardening.
I’ve also decided I’m good at gardening even though I kill every plant I’ve ever owned. Sometimes I just decide that I’m going to be good at something and fall flat on my face. Like the time I tried to join the dance team in high school. Should be fun. (Stay tuned!)
Instead of snow, we’ve got the massive beginnings of pollen here, but we’re starting to take off those covers that we only occasionally removed over the winter, to entertain, barbecue and have some back yard fun with our friends!
We decided to tackle a really quick, practical project to add to our patio this week. We knocked it out one afternoon while the kids played in the back yard. One of the things we wanted to do, was use our fire pit during the day as another surface when it wasn’t, well, on fire.
While we have our “official” table and chairs that we love, it just made sense to be able to use the fire pit as an additional surface. Especially with small kiddos. When we want to use the fire pit, we can simply remove it and set it to the side. It’s multifunctional, and super fun for the back yard.
(Side note: check out our lime trees! They had a rough winter, but they’re making a come back a-la Robert Downey Junior.)
So we made a really simple little top to place as a fun, makeshift surface.
Cue the lazy susan and platters of food for parties! We are so making one of those, next.
So here’s how we did it:
First things first, measure your fire pit (or area you plan to top off) and decide how large you’ll want your table to be. Jamin busted out his miter saw (we heart Ryobi!) and began to work on some wood (pressure treated pine) we still had lying around the yard from our project this fall.
We knew we wanted a bit hanging over, so we decided on this size. We had some extra 2 x 8′s and cut them down to 50 1/2 inches (which would make your coffee table top sit evenly on top of the fire pit.) We used 2 2 x 2′s to join them on the back. Using our handy dandy drill, we used three inch screws and basically used 4 on each plank, two for each end. When we were finished putting it together, we got to my favorite part.
Cue shameless selfie to document my involvement since I’m always the one behind the camera. You’re welcome. I make eye surgery look
absolutely traumatizing sexy. I also resisted the urge to go teenibopperduckface. It’s a real condition, y’all.
We stained the planks, first. (Here, we used Minwax’s Early American.) When the stain was dry, we went back over every other plank with some white we had from the first time around. (I’m pretty sure this is (surprise!) Chantilly Lace.) I love that gloopy look with distressed edges for a timeless look and feel.
To paint our planks like this, I simply load paint on a brush, and go from every direction, keeping it lose in different areas. I even did the sides, pushing and pulling, varying the finish and kept it uneven so that distressing wasn’t necessary in the end. It has a fun, outdoor rustic look. The kind that small hands and feet can’t do a thing to hurt. Or the weather, for that matter…
When those were dry, we wiped it down with our tea stain technique. It’s pretty subtle, but leaves one more layer of protection, and gives it that touch of something extra.
To see the rest of our backyard bliss series, be sure to check it out, here!
Have an amazing day, friends… and of course, let us know if you try it!