Here we are. Our new sand pit is ready! It hasn't turned out as the ZEN version I had envisioned before but it's very practical with the lid. The rug serves as a comfy underground. Since it's polyester it should not have a problem to stay outside. We'll see in the long run. Our daughter totally loves it! Only problem the sand goes everywhere as she thinks you have to fill the bucket and share with everyone including sofas, tiles etc.