We are doing a little patio updating around here, and we are FINALLY creating an outdoor space that will be easy to use on a daily basis. Our home didn't come with a deck or patio, so we created a little hang out area in our carport last year, but the truth is that we most often use our carport for construction and DIY projects, so we don't really want to sit and chill in an area that's covered in sawdust and tools.
We are, therefore, converting the small side yard area next to our kitchen into a functional patio. The location is perfect for grilling and after dinner hangs. We will have an update post on that area coming very soon, but first things first, I wanted a firepit. With Fall speeding toward us, it is my firm belief that a patio is not complete without one. We have already spent an evening watching sticks burn and enjoying the twinkle lights up above, and there's almost nothing I would rather do on a cool evening.
The good news is that we built a large, built-in firepit in the far end of our backyard for more substantial bonfires, and we had an old, cheap metal firepit hanging around in storage. The bad news is that it was in terrible shape! It was so ugly and rusted; I thought it was hopeless.
Then I discovered Rustoleum High Heat spray paint...which is designed for use on things like grills and firepits. It was a huge splurge at $3.88 for a can (can you hear the sarcasm?), and with a little elbow grease and half a can of spray paint, we gave our firepit a makeover and it is now worthy to be used in our cute patio.
All I used was a metal grill brush, a water hose, and the spray paint.
First, you want to give the rusted firepit a really good scrub down with a metal brush to get rid of as much of the loose, rusted material as possible. It won't get perfectly smooth, but do the best you can. I found the easiest way to do this was to get it wet with the water hose and then scrub.
Here is what it looked like after a good scrub down.
Once you have it as clean as possible, all that's left to do is spray it. I used the matte finish spray paint because it was half the price of the glossy finish, but for $6.88, you can get a shinier paint if you so desire.
After a good hefty coat on front and back, we had a much prettier firepit!
It's not perfect, but once you throw some logs in it and light em up, it looks just fine...and it is LOADS better than that nasty, crusty, rusted place where we started.
Here are some sneak previews of the firepit in the not-quite-finished patio. Those aren't the final chairs for the space; they are just some kitchen chairs, but they do the trick right now as we enjoy the space on these cooler, late-summer nights.
Have you ever used spray paint on an outdoor project? How did it work out?