Thursday, January 24, 2013

Restoring a Rusty Fire Pit

I realize I should probably be embarrassed by the condition of my backyard ‘property’ … but … sadly, I’m really not.

I’ve come to realize that it’s just sort of ‘life’. If you own a home, chances are you have rusty eye sores sitting in your backyard.

The more fortunate homeowners either replace their ‘backyard property’ on a somewhat regular basis, or they spend top dollar for things that don’t rust.

Since our budge doesn’t really allow for replacements or top dollar anything … we restore things when they start looking like dumpster diamonds.

Here is our fire pit:

high heat rustoleum spray paint to restore fire pit 3

We like to roast marshmallows for s’mores … or roast weenies on a weekend when I’m feeling too lazy to make dinner. Over time … little by little … it rusted away until it became this:

high heat rustoleum spray paint to restore fire pit 1

Yikes. It never really bothered me that the pit had gotten rusty … because we just fill it with charcoal and light the thing on fire anyway. But, since Superman was already restoring the grill/smoker, I figured I’d have him do this at the same time.

high heat rustoleum style with cents

So, he hit it with a little of our favorite thing (spray paint) in the Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint form …

high heat rustoleum spray paint to restore fire pit 2

… Boom. Good as new! (He didn’t spray paint the rack … *** never use spray paint on something that you might cook directly on)

high heat rustoleum spray paint to restore fire pit 3

Totally worth every penny of the maybe 50 cents it cost to ‘restore’ this. Y’all go get some Rustoleum. You hear me?

high heat fire pit before after


  1. It’s nice that you didn’t opt to build just another one. It is such a nice fire pit to be abandoned, isn’t it? But this fire pit does require steady maintenance, and I know it can get pretty wearisome at some point. Just keep in mind that it wouldn’t be any better to repeatedly restore it. Plus, clearing the burned materials is not a difficult job to do. But all the same, I think it’s a great job, Janette! :) -->Cathy

  2. Wow - We have a firepit that has gotten really disgusting. NEVER thought about painting it - GENIOUS! So glad I found you! God bless you!

  3. I have always doubted spray paints like this. I always think of the possibility that it might melt and it'll poison our food. Isn't there another way to remove the stains from the fire pit without painting it? But, yours sure looks brand new! :)

    Nohemi Tutterrow

    1. I'll let you know how it holds up. My understanding is that this is the same stuff it was painting with in the first place. I haven't used it since restoring it. We will see. :D

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  5. Nice! Someone has just given me a used one and I am trying to figure out how to fix it up. The cover is rusted, too. Can you use the same stuff on it?