Fire Pit with Pea Gravel and Pavers

Do you have any unfinished projects around your house? I hate an unfinished project. When we bought our home it came with a random fire pit that looked like an unfinished project. How do you dress up a fire pit? It took me six months to figure it out but I finally did, so here we go; FIRE PIT WITH PEA GRAVEL AND PAVERS.

DIY Fire pit with pea gravel and pavers

Before we dive into this post, I want to show you our simple outdoor fire pit before we added anything around it.

DIY Fire pIt with pea gravel and pavers

Doesn’t it look sad and lonely? Ok, I know it’s not a person, but it needed some help!

At the same time I was contemplating the fate of this fire pit, we were also debating on what to do with our mess of a front yard.

Below is what the front landscaping looked like when we bought the house:

We decided it looked overgrown and not that great to begin with,  so it was time to re landscape. That left us with a bunch of nice and expensive pavers that we didn’t know what to do with. I had thoughts about tearing the fire pit down because I just didn’t like the way it looked. Until, one day I had a thought. Yes! I could REPURPOSE those Pavers.

So during my”AHA” moment I decided to place the pavers from the front yard around the fire pit, fill it in with pea gravel, and then add some chairs for seating!

I really wanted an inviting area where we could to sit and roast s’mores, tell stories, (sing kumbaya! LOL) or whatever you do around a fire pit.

This is where my outdoor fire pit makeover really begins.

I thought about waiting on my hubby to help move the pavers, but the impatient person that I am, I couldn’t wait. As soon as I put my not even 1 year old down for a nap, I raced outside to begin.  And yes, I laid all those pavers in a circle around the fire pit all by myself.  WOW, lets just say my back felt it for the next few days.

As far as creating a perfect circle with those pavers, I didn’t do any fancy calculating like my husband the engineer would have done.  I did measure the distance from the fire pit to the pavers to make sure it was even on all sides, and then I just kept moving them around until they looked good.

We decided to fill the  FIRE PIT with PEA GRAVEL.

Here is where we went wrong……We decided NOT to dig up all the grass, but to spray it with grass killer. This was a very bad idea, because months later, we STILL have to continually spray the gravel with grass killer.  So, if I was to do it over again, remove the grass, then put a layer of the flower bed liner down for extra protection, THEN add the pea gravel. Learn from my mistakes. I tend to make a lot of them…

DIY Fire pit makeover

DIY Fire Pit Makeover

Below is the finished product. We’re pleased with the way our outdoor fire pit turned out and have already enjoyed a few fires. With a little thought and effort, you can dress anything up, even a random outdoor fire pit!

DIY Fire Pit with Pea Gravel and Pavers

Lindsey*

36 thoughts on “Fire Pit with Pea Gravel and Pavers

  1. We’re so similar! I’m too impatient to wait for the husband to get things done. (That’s why I built our outdoor bar by myself…including placing the 7-ft pallet on top!) If it makes you feel any better, though, we placed landscaping fabric underneath some of our projects, and it didn’t really stop everything. We still need to spray for weeds and grass. Love the fire pit area. Looks like a fun place to spend summer evenings!

    1. Good to know that even the fabric doesn’t stop the weeds! we’ve kicked around the idea of laying concrete, but another day another project. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
      Lindsey

  2. Thankfully you decided to keep the fire pit, this is a great before and after. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great week.

  3. It looks so much better, now! It looks like an inviting place for folks to gather for conversation and to enjoy a fire. The pavers around the outside look nice and also serve the purpose of keeping the pea gravel from scattering — brilliant!

  4. I love this project! I’m going to show my husband so we can do this in our yard! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!

  5. Okay, I have MAJOR fire pit envy — GREAT job!! We have a little portable fire pit, but I may need to talk to my husband about installing a permanent pit like yours.

    Visiting from Inspire Me Wednesday! Come visit us sometime at MammaTech — we are always looking for guest bloggers (and we pay)!

    Annie

    1. Thanks for the sweet words Annie! Your kindness means a lot. And I would love to be a guest blogger. Have a great day
      Lindsey

  6. Love this! This is exactly what we might do. We have an area where we lost a huge tree in a storm last year and we are going to be turning it into a fire pit area! #trafficjamweekend

  7. I like how you just decided to tackle the job on your own while you had a chance! You are inspiring me to just go for it and just start in on our backyard project!

    1. Just shared to your facebook group! Thanks for the invite and glad you like the Fire Pit.
      Lindsey

  8. What a fabulous project! I am sure there will be plenty of fun occurring around your fire pit!

    Thank you so much for sharing your project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday! Pinned!

  9. Nice job, Lindsey–I’m with you, I hate unfinished projects. It’s so satisfying to see something through the end 🙂 Thanks for linking up your fire pit project with us at Vintage Charm!

  10. Your fire pit area looks wonderful! My husband is also an engineer and I can imagine how long he would take to measure precisely. I’m like you though-in a rush to get it done and finding shortcuts. You did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning to my Outdoors Board.

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