This DIY Game Night Essential Doubles as a Fire Pit Cover

Outdoor furniture gets a fun twist with this double-duty tabletop and checkers board.

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A fire pit makes a great addition to any backyard, but some, including Robin from All Things Heart and Home, find the gaping hole it leaves behind to be a little distracting during the off-season months. Searching for a way to make use of the structure, while also attractively camouflaging it, Robin came up with this incredible double-duty tabletop and game board combo.

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Robin began by measuring her fire pit and cutting pieces of cyprus wood into a large square that would cover the opening. Next, she used a domino joiner to join the wood pieces, and then added wood glue for extra support. After the pieces were dry, she found the center of the square and created a large circle using a screw, a pencil, and some string. Robin checked that the circle was large enough to cover the fire pit opening, and then used a jigsaw to cut around the circle. She then sanded the piece and stained it for a weathered finish. To create the checkerboard on top, she marked off squares using painter’s tape and filled the necessary holes with black paint. For an aged finish, Robin sanded the black paint until the wood grain showed through.

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For the full instructions, and for more double-duty ideas, visit All Things Heart and Home.