Whether your fireplace is out of commission just for the season or is more decorative than functional, follow the example of This Old House reader and Pepper Design blogger Morgan Spenla of San Diego, California, and play it up as a focal point year-round. "I liked the look of stacked logs inside but wanted something easy to remove," she says. So with a few simple tools and materials, she built a summer front that can be set aside when it's time to light up some firewood. Here's how to make one of your own.
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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
      Paint brush
    • pneumatic pin gun
      Nail gun
    • nails

    Shopping List

    1. Gathered logs

    2. Plywood

    3. Black matte paint

    4. Wood glue