How to Create a Faux-Log Summer Front
Play up an unused fireplace with this stacked log illusion
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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Cut gathered logs into disks 3 inches thick. Morgan's project required about 50 disks, equivalent to roughly 12 to 13 feet of wood. She chose eucalyptus for its light color.