Well that is what we have had for more than a year. Dangerous and ugly in one. It actually used to have bricks around it but they all broke up and looked bad so we were trying to figure out a surround that was not expensive. I would have loved to use those beautiful faux stone, stacked, you know, with a stone top and all. But have you priced those things? Well we decided on cement.
My husband thought it would be more interesting if it was in a octagon shape. We are not very good at math but soon figured it out and made the frame for the cement.
A little gravel in the bottom makes the cement go farther and makes a better base.
(this is what my husband says)
Smooth out with a trowel. I left this to the expert.
When it was all smooth I decided I wanted to try something. I kinda ruffed it up with a small trowel and made it look kinda like stone, you know, not smooth.
Then I took some stain and a old paint brush and a rag or an old shirt.
I just dabbed and wiped and dabbed and wiped with the stain. I kinda like the look. It looks a little like stone and better that just plain old cement.
I will put a stone sealer on it and I think we might even use this old pit.