fireplace 'summer front' adapted for use as a backsplash
Photo: Walt Roycraft
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Summer-Front Backsplash

"We bought this 'summer front' at a farm auction for $110," says Kentucky homeowner Renay Davis, who had been looking at pricey basket-weave tile to protect the wall behind her cooktop. This Victorian-era cast-iron antique, once used to cover a fireplace during the off-season, is now a fancy focal point that saved the Davises more than $800 in materials. We like how it turns the kitchen into the true hearth of their home.

TOH Tip: The Davises coated the piece with tile sealer to make it easy to clean, then mounted it between the wall studs.
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