rusty fire pit

materials to refinish fire pit

Step 1

Begin by sanding off your fire pit. Sand the outside, inside, base, and wire frame. This takes some elbow grease, but the results are quite satisfying. You may be tempted to stop here, I was. But keep going, it gets even better.

sanding fire pit

diy fire pit sanding

sanding top of fire pit

Step 2

Rinse off the dust you've created. Next, mix up some warm soapy water and use your 3M pad to scrub off all the grime. There's a lot! Make sure you get every surface.

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Step 4

Grab your gloves,take your clean cloth, and pour some of the denatured alcohol on it. Wipe off all surfaces and make sure the alcohol doesn't touch your skin. The alcohol removes any oils from your hands or any other residue that would prevent the paint from adhering to the surface. Let the fire pit dry for 30 minutes.

wipe down fire pit

Step 5

Now it's time to paint.

We used Rust-Oleum's Ultra High Heat in Copper for the actual pit and Rust-Oleum's Ultra High Heat in Black for the the base and top; it's a rust-preventive enamel that provides the best protection for high heat surfaces. It withstands temperatures up to 1200 degrees, so it is ideal for BBQ grills, wood stoves, radiators, fire pits, fireplace screens, automotive parts and more.

Spread out your drop cloth, place each piece on the cloth (with enough space so you won't cross contaminate colors), and start. Shake each paint can for 1-2 minutes. Then spray back and fourth about 8 inches away from the surface, or as directed on the can. Alternate between the pit, the wire top, and the base. Allow 10 minutes of drying time between each coat. We did three coats, but you can do more or less depending on your preference. Allow your pit to dry for 6+ hours before using it.

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painting top of fire pit

painting fire pit stand

Step 6

It's time to get back to evenings of roasting marshmallows, sunset watching, and crackling fires. Enjoy!

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