This past Father’s Day, the littles and I were on a mission to surprise my hubby BIG, with a “new” bonfire pit and rustic seating area. My husband is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. This was a great opportunity to let him know how much we appreciate all that he does for our family and others. This was not an easy feat for us because we had to work in the hot sun and as you can see from the before pictures, a few scrolls down…there was a lot of clean up and weeding to do before we could start making my simple vision a reality.
It turned out better than I expected even in its interim phase. This Fall, I am motivated to add some upgrades and hopefully some inexpensive autumn charm. Stay tuned for update photos.
As you can see, this area was our herb garden, turned weed garden. Each year, I would plant and weed…plant and weed. Did I mention that I would “weed”? Ugh! I like it way better without all the pesky weeds! LOL! The first thing we needed to do was…you guessed it, WEED! Thankfully with all hands on deck, it went quickly, but it was hot and the cold drinks and background music could only encourage us for so long. So, we had to move fast and take breaks.
The only items I purchased were some plants and flowers that were on clearance and some extra organic potting soil from our local Tractor Supply store. All together, it was about $25 because I also bought a couple citronella plants to help keep the mosquitos at bay.
My husband found this old tire rim in our forest tree line and kept it stored for a future bonfire project. Why would the old owners just leave it out there? Only they know, but we were happy to have it. It was heavy, so we rolled it over towards the back of the farmhouse in the distance.
This little fella came out to say hi and probably to tell us how crazy we were for building a bonfire pit with the middle of summer coming. Hahaha!
We dug a hole, placed the rim in it, and added some gravel from our gravel pile.
We gathered some creek stones and placed those around the rim and then shoveled some play sand around the cracks and outer edge. The play sand was from another project that my hubby had worked on a while back. I love being able to use items and resources already available for something new. It is very satisfying and rewarding!
This was our first fire in our newly made bonfire pit and it was hot! Hahaha! We enjoyed some smore’s and a fun game of charades. With cooler weather just around the corner, we are looking forward to our first fire of the season. Making a house a home doesn’t need to break the bank. Thinking outside the box and shopping your own home can be a wonderful way to create unique and inviting spaces for those you care about. What are some unique ways that you like to make your home cozy?