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Nothing tastes like a summer evening as much as toasted marshmallows, so make sure you get your s’mores injection this summer with a DIY fire pit. Although they can look intimidating to make, a DIY fire pit doesn’t have to be complicated. These 12 outdoor fire pit ideas can help inspire you to get your DIY on ready for this summer. Prepare to fully enjoy those long summer evenings by the comforting crackle of your fire pit.

Outdoor Fire Pit Ideas

1. Concrete Block Fire Pit

This stylish, circular fire pit design is the classic. This simple fire pit will last for years to come and provide the perfect ambience for many thrilling campfire stories.

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2. Tabletop Fire Pit

This chic fire pit is a elegant alternative to the traditional garden pit. Although you probably won’t be using it to cook anything, it will bring a touch of luxury to your patio. Just add your favourite garden furniture set nearby and enjoy watching the flames flicker.

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3. Half Wall Fire Pit

If you are someone who is particularly safety conscious, this fire pit with a half wall is a great pick. The added stone paving around the pit reduces the possibility of the fire escaping, while the wall protects the area behind.

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4. Brick And Stone Pit

Another classic round design, this DIY fire pit design looks stunning with a rustic, stone exterior. Using fireproof bricks on the inside ensures that there won’t be any unpleasant surprises later on and painting them black maintains the general rustic appearance.

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5. Concrete Tree Rings Fire Pit

This petite fire pit stands out for its unusual design and colour. Now that scalloped edges are currently on trend, this is the most fashionable fire pit in our list!

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6. Washing Machine Drum Pit

If you’re looking for something simple and portable, this basic fire pit is a great solution. Not only will it keep you warm, and look great while doing so, but it’s a great upcycling project.

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7. Simply Circular

If you aren’t interested in digging up any parts of your lawn, you can follow this easy guide instead. By using tiles and sand to create a fireproof base you can avoid any backbreaking digging.

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8. Concrete Fire Pit

If building blocks aren’t so much your style, then you can keep things simple with a concrete pit. Build your forms, mix, and pour for a stunning square fire pit. Make sure that you include another material between the concrete and the fire.

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9. All Squared Away

If a concrete square is a little too spartan for your tastes, but a circle seems passé, try a concrete block square! Using blocks in a square avoids the time consuming process of cutting the blocks to fit into a tidy circle.

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10. Brick Fire Pit

Old bricks are great for a variety of  clever DIY projects, not least building a pretty fire pit! This fire pit idea keeps things simple with minimal materials and all of them cheap!

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11. Tractor Tyre Rim

Although not everyone has access to tractor tyres, it is also possible to do use car rims to achieve a mini version of this fire pit. Using the rim provides you with a perfect circle form and avoids any digging!

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12. Crazy Paving

Make your fire pit stand out from the rest with this unusual tiling. This is one of the simplest and most effective DIY fire pit ideas, it goes to show that one small change can affect the whole look of your pit. Maybe you have some of your own creative designs in mind after seeing these DIY fire pit ideas…?

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If you enjoyed these outdoor fire pit ideas, have a look at our other outdoor DIY projects:

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Sometimes old furniture is either beyond repair or taste, but these incredible pieces of upcycled furniture prove that it can still have a future. With a bit of creativity, upcycling furniture can produce amazing results. Old chairs can become a beautiful bench, or a door a leaning shelf. If you’ve got some old furniture that needs a new look, check out this list of upcycled furniture  to get inspired!

1. A New Storage Bench

Transforming an old dresser is a stylish way to upgrade your furniture. Even better, if you save the bottom row of draws your new bench will come with build-in storage!

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2. Bed Bench

An old, wooden bed frame might not look like it has many upcycling possibilities, but don’t be fooled! With a few tweaks this simple frame becomes a stunning garden bench.

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3. Door Shelves

Give your old doors a makeover by turning them into leaning shelves. This simple DIY is full of rustic-chic charm and is the perfect solution to avoid hammering nails into your walls.

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4. Upgraded Dressers

Transform your old dresser into a stunning kitchen island. With a lick of paint and a new counter top your dresser will soon be a useful piece of furniture again!

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5. A Stylish Chair Bench

Two chairs are great, but one smart bench is even better! Upcycle a pair or old chairs into an unusual bench. upcycled furniture upcycling reuse DIY The handy mano manomano chair bench

6. Dress-er Up Your Mudroom

This DIY furniture upcycling project requires a bit more work than some of the others, but the results are worth it. With some additional pieces, this simple dresser becomes a the perfect piece of furniture for your mudroom or hall. upcycled furniture upcycling reuse DIY The handy mano manomano dresser mudroom

7. Stylish Storage

Take out a few draws and add a wine rack to transform an old dresser into a stylish addition to your kitchen. Upcycling furniture with a lick of paint can all make a world of difference to the feel of a piece.

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8. A Headboard Bench

If you don’t have a whole bed frame, don’t panic! This furniture upcycling project demonstrates just how much you can do with only the headboard.

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9. File Your Tools

Give your tool shed or garage an organisational overhaul with this clever filing cabinet upcycle. If you want to get tidy as soon as possible, you could even skip the painting step!

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10. Bed Frame Benches Galore!

If you’re still looking for more ways to update your old bed frame, look no further. This colourful upcycled bench is the perfect way to add some comfort to your patio.
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11. A Coffee Table Bench

If you’ve had enough of staring at watermarks on your coffee table, take the time to transform it into a stylish bench.
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If you enjoyed these stunning upcycled furniture projects, but want more DIY inspiration check out 12 Stunning Upcycled Mirror Frames and Incredible DIY Feature Wall Paint Ideas.

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Finding enough storage space is always a challenge, but with these DIY shelving ideas you’ll soon be spoilt for choice. There are designs for every size of room and style of decor. From simple hanging shelves to stylish hexagon shelves, there is a huge range of ideas. Not only that, but for some of these DIY shelving ideas you don’t even need to pick up a single tool! Have a browse and find the design that is perfect for your home.

1. Pretty And Painted

Give your simple, wooden shelves a pop of colour and visual interest by adding painted designs. For this project the DIYers used both paint and spray paint to get a mixture of finishes, although just one or the other could look stunning. They kept things easy with a simple design of lines, but you can be as bold as you like. This design would even enable you to pick up and reflect other touches of colour around the room. (via www.designlovefest.com)

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2. Industrial Design

If you prefer a more minimalist look in your home, these industrial pipe shelves could be the perfect fit for you. Even better, using pipes means that you can easy DIY shelves that are the perfect fit for any space around the house! (via www.the-brick-house.com)DIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano pipe industrial project

3. Chic Honeycomb Shelving

This nature-inspired design requires a bit more work, but creates such a dramatic effect that it’s certainly worth it. You can make as many units you need for your wall, or as many as you have the patience to make! These unusual shelves are sure to be the envy of any visitors. (via abeautifulmess.typepad.com)DIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano hexagonal hexagon honeycomb shelf

4. Scandinavian Simplicity

This elegant Scandinavian style leaning shelf is ideal for renters who can’t hammer nails into the walls. Not only is it easy to make, but it can be placed anywhere. If you prefer plain shelving, this design could easily be painted to match other decor. (via scandifoodie.blogspot.comDIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano simple Scandinavian leaning shelf

5. Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a classic design because they are undeniable timeless. This simple DIY shows you how to get the floating shelf look without too much work. (via www.mommysuite.com)
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6. Hang In There!

These chic hanging shelves are all over Pinterest, with good reason! Stylish and simple, they are the ideal weekend project. Be warned though, they are not designed to support your entire collection of hardbacks. (via whydontyoumakeme.com)DIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano hanging rope simple easy

7. Ladder Shelf Stand

If you don’t feel like picking up a hammer or nails, this is the shelving idea for you. Just get a ladder, some planks and you’re set! If you can find one, a wooden ladder is the perfect base for a more rustic design. (via www.funkyjunkinteriors.net)

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8. Modular Shelving

If you are someone who likes change, then these modular shelves are ideal for you. You can easily stack and restack them to suit the layout of any room! (via alightdelight.wordpress.com)DIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano box crate shelf stacked easy

9. Natural Wood Shelving

These living edge shelves bring a little bit of nature onto your walls. Keeping the living edge adds an unusual touch to what are otherwise very simple, wooden shelves. (via www.designsponge.comDIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano log wood slice shelf rustic

10. Rustic Rope Shelving

This rustic rope shelving is supported by shelving brackets, which makes it surprisingly sturdy while still looking beautiful. (via www.makinghomebase.com)DIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano rope shelf bathroom nautical

11. The Kitchen Addition

Save time scrabbling around for ingredients and replace some of your kitchen cabinets with smart, open shelves. Keeping your most-used ingredients right at hand will make cooking that much more fun. Replacing the normal packaging with glass containers will also turn your shelves into a beautiful display. (via www.ellaclaireinspired.com)

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12. Geometric Style

Add interest to your walls with these bold, triangular shelves. These geometric shelves are the perfect addition to a plain white wall, where their design could really shine.DIY shelving ideas shelves shelf the handy mano manomano design triangle shelf

If you’ve enjoyed being inspired by these stunning shelving ideas check out 12 Stunning Upcycled Mirror Frames and 21 One Pot Paint Projects For The Weekend to keep your creative juices flowing!

You could repaint the walls in your house a plain colour, or you can use one of these stunning painting techniques to create a really unusual look. From stencils to stripes, and sponging to strié there is a technique for any style. Explore this guide to unusual painting techniques and get ready to spice up your walls!

1. Wall Graphics

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This technique is perfect for creating a unique feature wall. Once you have found a design that you love, project it onto the wall in your desired location. Now that it’s there, all you have to do is paint! Simply follow the lines projected on your wall and you’ll have a uniquely beautiful design when you’re finished. This technique gives you more freedom than stencilling, but does require slightly more careful painting.

2. Stencilling

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Give your walls an attractive pattern, with minimal artistic requirements, by using a stencil. You can buy a pre-made stencil, or even get extra creative and make your own unique design. Stencilling can be used for one dramatic feature wall, or create an immersive design all over.

3. Metallic Accents

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To give your walls a luxury look use metallic paint. There is a range of metallic paint colours available, which can be used around the room in a wide variety of ways. For example, if a full four walls of coverage feels too much, a metallic accent wall can add a softer glow to a room. Alternatively metallic paint can be used as an accent on an extant design, or brushed on with a stencil. However you choose to use it, a metallic paint will certainly bring a special sparkle to any room.

4. Brushed Suede Finish

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From metals to suede, your walls can resemble a wide range of materials. A brushed suede finish gives your walls a soft texture, the perfect look for any elegant room. To achieve this subtle finish, you simply paint on a coat of brushed suede finish to your desired base colour. It is best to apply it in a X pattern to give it a fully textured appearance.

5. Colour Washing

Colour washing is an unusual painting technique that suits a traditional, Mediterranean-style decor. The delicate wash of colours adds depth to your walls without being distracting. This painting technique uses multiple layers of paint to achieve the mottled effect; after applying your base colour in satin finish, use a glaze paint mixture over the top. Apply your glaze layer with a large brush in an X pattern.

6. Strié And Linen Weaving

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The 3D look of strié or linen weave paint adds texture to any wall. It is the perfect addition to a house with modern or contemporary decor. This style uses a wallpaper brush to create the streaked lines on the walls. For a strié or dragged effect the glaze and satin base coat mixture should be dragged in either vertical or horizontal lines. To create a linen effect, the mixture should be dragged in both horizontal and vertical lines. Dragging the paint in both directions produces the woven effect that gives this technique its name.

7. Fresco Colour Washing

This traditional painting technique is very similar to colour washing, with the addition of a coat of texted lime wash over the top. The lime wash adds even more texture to the finish of your walls, giving them a beautifully traditional appearance.

8. Sponging

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Using a natural sea sponge or sponge roller you can add layers of colour and texture to any dull wall. With this technique it is possible to use multiple colours to give walls additional depth.

9. Rag Rolling

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The rag rolling technique is exactly what it sounds like. The unusual effect is achieved by rolling a glaze colour mixture over the base coat using a crumpled rag. It is possible to use both a darker and lighter glaze mixture for this look.

10. Textured Stone

The textured stone technique adds a 3D element to your walls. Using faux textured stone paint and foam stamps it is easy to create unusual borders or stencil effects in any room.

11. Patina

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Giving your walls a patina effect creates a dramatic wall design that works both as a feature wall or all over a room. It is a simple effect to achieve, simply sponge a metal or patina paint over a dry base colour. With this technique it is not necessary to produce a regular or even effect, in fact having a range of coverage is preferable.

12. Patterned Walls

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Give your walls something special with an unusual painted pattern. The only limit is your imagination, but some classic designs are stripes, or harlequin patterns. The key to creating a professional finished effect is to measure, measure and measure again. Once you’ve painted your base colour and you’re taping out the pattern it is crucial to use precise measurements. This will ensure that your pattern is evenly space and distributed before you start painting.

If you’ve enjoyed learning about these various painting techniques have a read of 10 simple painting tricks for the perfect finish and Incredible DIY Feature Wall Paint Ideas. Alternatively if you want exciting walls without all the paint, have a look at our range of stunning wallpapers at www.manomano.co.uk.

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These one pot paint projects are the perfect weekend DIY. Most of these projects only need one pot of paint, and for some you can even use up some leftover paint. They don’t require too much time, money, or equipment so they are the perfect way to spend a creative weekend.

1. Single-Colour Art

Really let your creative side loose by painting your very own piece of wall art. As the piece below shows, you can create something fantastic without mixing any colours at all!

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2. Modern Candlesticks

Bring a pop of colour onto your dining table with these bright candle sticks. Take a trip to your local charity shop and pick a range of differently shapes candlesticks to update, then just add paint.
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3. Modernice Your Coat Rack

If your hallway is looking a little plain, it might need a little colour boost. This fun painted coat rack is a great way to brighten up a dark corner.one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted coat rack

 

4. Painted Cupboard Interiors

Give your china a chance to really shine by setting it off against a coloured background. If you don’t want quite such a  bright colour, a duck egg blue or mint green would make a softer contrast.one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted cupboard

 

5. Bright Shelving

Why should your plates be the only ones with a fun background? Give all your objects a fun background by painting the interior of your shelving.one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted shelves

 

6. Chic Stencilling

Add visual interest to baskets, or other objects, with a little paint and a stencil. one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano stencil painted basket

 

7. Colourful Vases

Create a set of rainbow vases with old glass bottles and paint. These bright vases would be the perfect addition to a rainbow party.one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted bottles glass

 

8. Colour Coordinated Frames

Take your gallery wall to the next level with colour coordinated frames. Just pick your colour of choice and paint to create this visually coherent display.
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9. Paint A Floral Display

Tiny jam jars seem to accumulate of their own accord. But with a little paint and some wire you can create a stunning floral display.
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10. A Colourful Surprise

Give yourself a reason to smile in the morning with some cheerful, painted draw interiors. Fortunately they don’t have to match any of your other decor, so you can go wild with your colour choice!one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted draws

 

11. Dip Dye Your Furniture

Dip dying isn’t just for hair nowadays, furniture can also be part of the trend. To achieve this effect simply tape off your legs at the height you want the colour and add your paint!one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano dip dyed painted stool legs

 

12. Ombre Kitchen Utensils

Bring a little ombre into your cooking with these stylish cooking utensils. If you’re feeling generous you can even make a few sets as gifts!one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted kitchen utensils

 

13. Modernise Your Lamps

Transform a dated lamp into a modern addition to the room with a pot of brightly coloured paint.one pot paint projects DIY project the handy mano manomano painted lamp base

 

14. Update Your Spindles

Make your chairs the centre of attention with a set of brightly coloured spindles!
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If you’ve enjoyed being inspired by all the one pot paint projects you can do, check out the 10 Tricks To Get A Professional Smooth Paint Finish and 12 Stunning Upcycled Mirror Frames you can DIY.

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