DIY Tabletop Fire Pit
Today I am sharing how I created DIY Tabletop Fire Pit from a concrete planter I found on the side of the road.
You’ve heard the saying “One mans trash is another mans treasure”.
In this case it happens to be a woman’s treasure.
I found this concrete urn on the side of the road over 5 years ago, discarded on trash day.
The concrete planter has a gorgeous pedestal with a beautiful shape and stunning garland trim on the bowl.
Honestly, I had a hard time using it for plants.
The bowl is wide and shallow.
So I needed to find another use for it.
Well, I had a great idea.
I think it will make the perfect table top fire pit.
The base had some cracks
and the bowl had this weird dried goo on it
I wanted to give the concrete urn a bit of character and transform so that it has some of that French cottage charm that I love.
Charm was simply added by painting a bit of grey, making sure to get it in the cracked base.
Then I added a bit of soft green.
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Back to the project!
I did not completely cover the concrete, because I wanted a some of the original concrete to peek out.
Once the grey and soft green dried, I used a combination of stippling and dry brushing over the entire concrete urn with white paint.
Check out the quick video showing how I achieved the effect.
Since there is very little paint used, it dries pretty quickly.
I did add felt pads to the bottom of the concrete urn, so that the concrete wouldn’t scratch my glass tabletop.
The last thing to do is to add fire glass.
I found this beautiful aqua colored fire glass that reminded of my favorite color beach glass.
Look carefully in the background and you may notice that my roses make a few brief appearances in the tutorial.
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Yes, from long stemmed cut roses. This tip works on rose bushes and hydrangeas, too.
Pop over to the post when you are done making your firepit.
If you want to make your own tabletop fire pit, make sure to use a fireproof container.
You can use fire glass [which is rated for heat] or different types of stone like these:
The last thing you need is gel fuel – Sterno is very reliable and clean burning.
You can even use it to roast marshmallows!
Here’s how I added the fire glass, notice that I used silicone gloves to protect my hands.
The glass could have sharp edges, and I wanted to make sure I did not cut myself.
It is important to follow the safety tips from the manufacturer.
The fuel burns CLEAN, if you notice in the video above, you can’t see the flame when I lit the gel fuel in bright daylight – PLEASE BE SAFE!
I just love how the urn turned out.
All the layers of paint peeking thru making it look like an antique.
Time will cause the paint to chip a bit, too.
Oh, the color of the fire class, it reminds me of my walks by the lake looking for beach glass.
Here is how beautiful my DIY tabletop fire pit looks at night in my wee cottage garden.
It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Now, where are my marshmallows?
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Living Wall Decor
Marie from This Dear Casa is sharing how to create living wall Decor to add some character to your outdoor entertaining area.
Decorating A New Deck
Stop by Shop at Blu where Sue shares how to decorate the perfect outdoor entertaining space on her beautiful new deck.
Outdoor Dinner Party
Crystal is sharing her tips on how to throw a fabulous outdoor dinner party over at Sweet Valley Acres.
Fall Porch Decor
Check out this easy and beautiful fall porch decor design from Stephanie at Gathered in the Kitchen.
Love You S’more Serving Tray
Get this DIY on this charming S’mores inspired serving tray from Anne at Ikorn Crafts.
DIY Tabletop Fire Pit
Perfect for roasting marshmallows or an ambient glow, see how Juliet from A Loverly Life transforms this concrete urn in to a tabletop fire pit.
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Thank you for your hard work hosting another hop! This is such a fun project. The urn is gorgeous. Glad you rescued it!
Thanks for joining again Marie! Your living wall area is so beautiful for outdoor entertaining. Thank you for sharing it!
Great project and turned out great. Perfect concrete urn and pretty too.
Thank you Cindy! It will get even more patina when the paint starts to weather.
I love what you did with this planter. Often they are too shallow for plants really so this is a nice re-imagine of it.
Thank you Carol. I wish I could have made it work for plants, but they just never looked right.
I am loving the fire pit, so I am glad I didn’t get rid of it.
Wow Juliet I am just loving this project so much! Love how you finished the urn and the glass you chose – man I was drooling at the glass as I am such an aqua lover. Then that little can of gel fuel…I didn’t even know such a thing existed. You may have created a monster. I am going to load up on this stuff as I can see a lot of interesting projects to use it for!!!
Crystal, the size I used lasts for 2 hours! You can get bigger cans, too. I can picture a long one with a couple cans – wouldn’t that be cool?
The glass is just my favorite beach glass color, so I couldn’t resist getting that over stones. I am sure stones may have been more traditional, I love love love the glass.
Brilliant! I would have never thought of using an urn for that. Nice hopping with you!
Thanks Anne, You should come over for s’mores!
Thank you for joining the hop.
What a great idea!
What a lovely piece! I love anything that adds ambiance to an outdoor space!. xx
Thank you so much Libbie
What a creative use for a beautifully rescued piece! And you know I love the blue!
It would look great on your new deck!
How do you come up with these genius ideas? What a fun way to enjoy an outdoor fire!! I love this!
What a fun project! You are so creative!!!!!
Happy day friend!
Thank you darling KariAnne.
A loverly day to you, my friend [wrapped in love, of course!]