Saturday, July 21, 2012

Wooden Fire Pit Cover


First there was the 


After living with the fire pit for a 
couple of years,
we decided a cover might be nice for those
times when we aren't using it for a fire...

I started out by cutting a large 
circle in a big piece 
of 1" thick plywood we had hanging around...


To make a circle I first found 
the center of the wood. 

I measured the width of the plywood, found the center, then attached string on a tack to the center point. 
I tied the other end of the string to a pencil and drew a big circle...
I was careful to hold my pencil upright and honestly, for this project it didn't matter how perfect my circle turned out...

I used a jigsaw to cut the circle,
 then I trimmed and sanded all the rough edges...


I laid it down on top of the fire pit, 
it was large enough to cover 
the center hole...


*You may want to give the plywood circle a coat of Polycrylic or something that will protect the plywood from the weather.

I covered the whole thing with a wildly awesome oilcloth tablecloth that fit over the top and draped down the sides perfectly!

The oilcloth is waterproof and keeps the wood inside 
dry for the next fire... and it even matches the oilcloth pillows on the chairs and the couch...



This makes a great table to rest your magazines and drinks if you just happen to be off for the summer and plan on spending a lot of time out here...
(smile)



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8 comments:

  1. Neat idea, Susan! Now you can use it when it's not being used as a fire pit, too. Very clever!

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  2. Shut up! We were JUST talking about trying to figure out something like this for our fire pit. We also are wanting some sort of a table. This is great! I LOVE the oil cloth pillow covers too. Genius. The outdoor fabric just doesn't hold up all that great here in Oregon. I'm gonna have to steal both of your ideas. :o)

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  3. This is so smart!

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/prudent-projects-and-smart-solutions.html

    Have a great day!

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  4. What a great idea. With the tablecloth on top it adds so much color and changes the whole atmosphere of your sitting area.

    xo,
    Cheri

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  5. So clever. I love that this cover could double as a picnic table. Nice job!

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  6. Susan,

    That is such a cute idea! I love the fireplace pit cover! You always have the best ideas!

    blessings,
    karianne

    PS I need to bring my paint pens to the beach, too!

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  7. I am featuring your project tomorrow,

    Cheri

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