I wouldn’t have guessed that a fire pit would top my list of favourite upcycles! It’s amazing what you can find kicked to the curb every week. As I walked down the street on this particular day, I spotted it in the distance.
However, as I got near, I saw that it was far from perfect.
The mesh top was destroyed and had separated from the strapping. Moreover, the rust on the surrounding metal was deeply pocked and beyond saving.
Most people would have kept on going. But not me. As I lifted off the top to explore, I noticed that the base was quite ornate and not nearly as rusted as the top.
When you think about it, it makes sense that the bowl would be destroyed far sooner than the base because it’s more exposed to the elements. I was inspired!
Not to mention, it breaks my heart to see the abundance of waste that goes to landfill when there’s much that can be done to breathe a second life in it! So I grabbed the base and lugged it home, leaving the unsalvageable part behind for garbage pickup.
Spray Paint Prep
We started by sanding away all the loose rust, then spraying it with a few thin coats of rust paint to prevent further rusting in a bold, bright red.
Once dry, we followed with a few coats of Rustoleum Universal clear to give it more rust-protection durability and a hammered finish!
Then we gathered some rubber bumpers and screws.
The design of these bumpers will allow the screw heads to be countersunk so they don’t stick out beyond the bumper (more on where they were applied later).
The Finishing Touch
Just a few weeks before finding the fire pit, I picked up a special item at our favourite outdoor antique market in Aberfoyle. I knew right away that the two pieces would pair perfectly.
This beauty is a vintage stainless steel milk can called ‘The Surge’ Milker!
Ironically, when Hubs first saw the base, he had the same idea so I knew I was on the right track to transform this piece! Like peas in a pod (or should I say Birdz of a Feather!), we were both inspired to turn the fire pit upside down, realizing it would provide the perfect base to showcase the milker!
With the milkcan’s lid missing, I knew it would make a great planter. But it didn’t really come together until we found the fire pit.
After nailing down the plan, we found a plastic pot with drainage to fit the opening of the milk can. Subsequently, we planted wave petunias in it:
Completing the Fire Pit
Hubs completed the base by drilling holes evenly spaced around the top edge. Then he screwed the bumpers in place.
After attaching the bumpers, he took the base outside to pair up with the milk can.
With freshly planted wave petunias, we put the milk can on top of our now upside down fire pit base.
We moved it to a few different spots in our small backyard oasis and settled on leaving it between a pair of chairs in front of the pond. Coupled with the lines of the milker, the red colour really makes the ornate design on the fire pit pop!
Once in Bloom
Here’s how it looks after growing for a while.
Although the container is small, the petunias just keep blooming all summer long! It’s gorgeous once the flowers are fully grown, don’t you agree?
I wonder what the previous owners would think of their fire pit if they could see it now? They might think twice about throwing it away.
In light of the transformation, I think this project was a resounding success. If you think so too, please pin and share.
Last summer, I made it my mission to create and craft using nothing but items I found on garbage day within a few block perimeter of my house. Unfortunately my mission was prematurely cut short after my craft studio sprang a leak and I no longer had a place to work and store my finds. However, I did score a few great things before becoming water logged and having to put my projects on hold! I can’t wait to pick up where I left off next summer with my curb side finds!
In case you missed it, check out our Tarnish Free Jewellery Cabinet Upcycle: