2 weeks till Christmas, WHAT?!
How can it be?
Last week was so great with the Holiday Housewalk!Â Thank you to those who toured my home and left such sweet comments – I can not tell you how much your kind words + thoughts mean.
One part of the tour that I received a lot of happy comments on was the fireplace, specifically how I stacked all the logs so perfectly.
They’re not stacked at all, but instead it’s a FAUX stacked log screen that sits in front of the fireplace.Â Not only does it look fabulous & hides the not-so-pretty-that-we’ve-wanted-to-replace-for-years fireplace, but it also is a barrier to keep the cold air from filtrating through.
Whether for aesthetic purposes or for heat conservation, if you love it, here’s how to make it…
> 1/4″ thick plywood cut to desired size
> Black Paint + Paint Brush
> Fallen Trees / Logs
> Powered Miter Saw (check out my favorites here)
> Liquid nails
> Magnetic Strips (optional, if needed)
For Christmas and beyond, this is a great project to jazz up the fireplace.
Whether you are fitting the faux ‘screen’ into a fireplace opening or covering part of the fireplace (like I did), cut a piece of plywood to your desired size.
I measured beforehand and had Lowe’s cut my piece so I didn’t have to do it at home.
Paint one side of the plywood using black paint. I used leftover paint from the black wall in the living room.
The black paint allows the eye to be fooled that the space behind the logs is a lot further back than it actually is…
Let it dry and in the meantime, head to step 2…
While the paint is drying, start gathering fallen trees + logs.Â Look for logs in various diameters between 1/2″ to 3″.
Here’s my lumberjack in our woods cutting a few trees that had just fallen.Â Be sure to gather logs that are solid inside, holes = bugs (yuck)!
What a guy…
When you have a collection of various sized logs, it’s time to cut them into discs.
Imperfect is better! When have you ever heard that before…
Cut the wood in to discs that are about 1/2″ to 2″ thick.Â This will make the “screen” look 3-dimensional like real stacked wood.
In all, we cut about 125 discs in varying sizes and as the Mister was cutting, I was putting this jigsaw puzzle together…
The key is to start with the bigger pieces and fill in with the medium sizes, then the smallest.
In no time, the puzzle was complete and it was time to glue.Â No picture for this part, but one-by-one I used liquid nails to attach each wood disc to the painted plywood. Don’t skimp out on good glue… if you do, the discs WILL FALL OFF!
Once the discs were in place, the board was heavy.Â The screen is fairly thin, but with 125 +/- wood discs there is a lot of weight!Â I had to be sure to secure it so it wouldn’t topple forward.
For my fireplace, the “screen” lays on top of the glass doors instead of being inset into an opening.Â To secure it to the fireplace, I added heavy-duty magnetic strips to the back of the plywood + I have it leaning on the fireplace handles.
In place and complete…
If you missed my Christmas Home Tour that I shared last week, here it is with the faux stacked log fireplace, front & center… What a focal point…
Do it now or save it for later…