DIY fire pit area on a budget

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Do you have those projects that you start but don’t complete? I feel like I have a long list of those! Last fall, we started on our fire pit area but didn’t finish. The before is what it looked like for the past year (actually, we didn’t even have the blocks around the fire pit ring, until recently). So imagine this with just a round metal piece sitting there. In one weekend, we were able to transform it into the after.

DIY Fire Pit Area



Fire pit ideas
First, I have to say, I have been an Ebay shopper for years. I buy most of my items through their Buy It Now option so I don’t have to worry about bidding. That’s where I bought my living room and dining room chandelier. I have bought shoes, purses, sporting goods equipment and I even have my kids addicted to shopping on Ebay. So when I had the opportunity to work with them, I jumped on it!

DIY Firepit Source list

When we started last year, the first thing I bought was the outdoor string lights. I wanted some that I did not have to worry about in the rain, heat or snow. I found these commercial WEATHERPROOF lights and was sold! We used two strands for our fire pit area.

We bought the retaining wall blocks from our local home improvement store. We used approximately 41 blocks and they cost $2.49 each. The metal ring inside the fire pit cost us around $30, which we bought from a local tractor supply store. Building the actual fire pit itself, took us 10 minutes. All we had to do was stack the blocks around the metal ring and we were done. It was that easy!

For someone who shops eBay all the time, I didn’t think of looking for Adirondack chairs on there. I’m so glad I finally did! I found these chairs for $49.99 each and free shipping! That was the main reason we never finished our fire pit…the cost of the chairs. We needed 7 of them and they run anywhere from $99 and up on other websites. Rob did have the task of putting them together and I stained them, but it was worth the money saved. I also found my kilim pillows on eBay. Click here and you can start shopping vintage kilim pillows now!

Next, we found this amazing wood rack. It’s the item we get the most questions about. I wanted something large that held a lot of firewood and this is perfect. This exact one sold out, but I will link two other options here and here.

I’m so glad we finally completed this project. We used it a lot last fall, even with the way it was, but NOW it’s something we are proud of and so are the kids. We all invite friends over any chance we get.

I look forward to making lots of memories out here.

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DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by eBay. All opinions, concepts, and creativity are my own. Thank you to eBay for sponsoring this post.


  1. Amanda
    November 16, 2018 / 12:02 am

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for this! Thank you! Beautiful!!

    • Sandi Johnson
      November 16, 2018 / 1:12 am

      Hi Amanda,

      Thank you! I’m so glad you were looking forward to this.

  2. Susi
    November 16, 2018 / 3:13 am

    Looks great! Love the chairs and wood rack!!

    • Sandi Johnson
      November 18, 2018 / 1:55 pm

      Hi Susi,

      Thank you and thank you for taking the time to read my post!


  3. Krista
    November 16, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Beautiful post! I definitely need to work on the “pretty” around one of my fire Pitts. But the other is further out and I would love to know what the metal ring is you have in yours? What do I ask for please? I think it would make me feel safer with the wood/fire contained.

    • Sandi Johnson
      November 18, 2018 / 1:58 pm

      Hi Krista,

      Thank you so much. We bought our exact one from Atwoods. Not sure if you have a store where you live. It’s called a cadillac culvert fire pit ring.


  4. Amanda B.
    November 16, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I’m literally copying this whole area. Already purchased the wood rack and fire pit ring. It’s so beautiful!! Thanks for sharing and making it so easy to create.

    • Shalia
      November 17, 2018 / 1:33 am

      Thank you so much!

    • Sandi Johnson
      November 18, 2018 / 1:59 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      How exciting! I hope you will share pictures with us once you are done. Thank you for reading my post.


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