Well, I’m back with a week two progress report on my Outdoor Overhaul. If you follow me on Instagram you saw a picture of me enjoying lunch at my new outdoor fire pit earlier this week. Each Monday you can share my post in order to be eligible to win one of Ryobi Outdoor 40V tools.
This project and blog post is sponsored by Ryobi Tools USA.
DIY Fire Pit
Well, look who’s photo bombing AGAIN! Can you tell that Lulu Mae is my shadow, never far away from her mom. The rope is tacked to a stake that I used to find center of the pea gravel area. So, I used it again to center the retaining wall pavers in order to put together the diy fire pit.
Cousin Terry helped me with this project. We leveled the first couple of rows and designed how everything was going to work. After that we placed the steel fire ring on the pavers to make sure it was the correct size. Finally , we removed that second layer and applied construction adhesive to keep the pavers from moving.
Tap pavers with rubber mallet
The rubber mallet was very handy to get all of the blocks in place. The fire ring was ordered at Home Depot online and picked up at the store.
Tip: I used real retaining wall pavers with the little “lip” on them to hold them in place. I recommend using regular pavers without the lip.
Quick and easy Fire Pit
This is the photo I shared on my Instagram account on Monday. I had no idea Lulu had her nose so close to my lunch! I already love hanging out around my diy fire pit.
Design Paver Patio
Terry and I worked really hard on digging out the patio and getting it squared. I’ll be honest with you, neither of us has ever done a patio before. We were sort of making it up as we went along.
The Electric Ryobi Cultivator is perfect for a job like this!
Seriously, I feel like all I’ve been doing is digging and moving dirt! By the way, did you see my post on How to Move a Garden Shed? We framed the patio with 4x4 posts.
Laying pavers for patio
I was fortunate to have some help with many of the jobs included in this hangout challenge! This is my nephew. He was very up front with me telling me he had never been in charge of putting in a patio. After he laid the paver base, and the paver sand, we started laying the 12x12 pavers that would make up the dining area.
The backyard isn’t even nearly finished, but family and friends are already hanging out!
It was a long day, but a lot was accomplished! Bubba’s wife and daughter stopped by for a visit! The DIY fire pit is really coming together.
Half whiskey barrels were turned into Texas Lampposts.
Outline Pea Gravel with Pavers
Encasing the pea gravel diy fire pit with pavers really brings the space together.
My niece Missy was a trooper at laying those pavers. I had started the job, but got pulled in a different direction. There’s that stupid clean out sewer pipe! I still don’t know how I’m going to disguise THAT thing. It’s trying to steal the show from my diy fire pit!
When you have so many people working, it’s very smart to have a work station to keep all the tools. Doing this allows everyone to know right where to put something when they are finished with it. Us gals in the hoodies are busy hanging solar lights on the top of the Texas Lampposts. I don’t have electricity in the backyard.
Solar Lights on Texas Lampposts
The tiny solar lights hanging on the Texas Lampposts around the DIY fire pit really make me smile as the sun sets on the work area in the backyard!
Watch the Video!
Be sure to follow MyRepurposedLife on Instagram. On Monday I’ll be giving you a sneak peek of next week’s progress, and give you the opportunity to win another fabulous 40V outdoor tool from Ryobi!
Remember, there is a grand prize up for grabs. It’s up to $500 of Ryobi Outdoor Tools! How do you enter? Do your own Outdoor Overhaul space—a backyard, patio or garden area. Share your space on Instagram using #RYOBIOutdoorOverhaul and #hangoutchallenge and tag @ryobitoolsusa and @myrepurposedlife. Contest ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on 5/3/19
IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2019 OUTDOOR OVERHAUL 2.0 HANGOUT CHALLENGE SWEEPSTAKES, YOU MUST BE 18 OR OLDER AND LIVE IN THE U.S. No Purchase Necessary. See Rules Here.
I hope you're well on your way to doing your own #OutdoorOverhaul to be eligible to win the GRAND prize! Be sure to check back on the next couple of Fridays for my weekly updates. I hope you’re already amazed at the progress I’ve made. Did you know that we four bloggers are challenging each other and that you will have a chance to vote for your favorite makeover to win the #hangoutchallenge when it’s time?
Whew! I need a couple of good nights sleep!