I don’t know about you, but I NEVER use my fireplace. It’s just a catch-all for dirt and dust… and a napping place for my cat. I’m always searching for creative and budget-friendly ways to decorate my home. With Joanna Gaines and all her Fixer Upper inspirations, I totally copied this fireplace cover from her.
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How To Make A Log Fireplace Cover
The project began with a trip to my dad’s where I knew I could find an endless supply of firewood. Now explaining what I needed it for was another story. “You want what for WHAT?” My Dad is a bit old school and I’m surely decorating and home decor has never entered his mind. That’s a woman’s thing! Now, if you ever wanted to talk tomatoes and gardening, the conversation would go on for days. I quickly gathered a few different sizes ranging from 1-3 inches in diameter. Gotta go, Dad, Bye!
Oh, and be sure to use dried/cured out logs for these projects. Greenwood is wet and the glue won’t adhere.
Building Your Log Fireplace Cover
The first step was measuring the opening of the fireplace. After getting those measurements I cut a piece of plywood to fit. I checked it several times before the next step. Measure twice, cut once… I can hear this tiny voice in my head.
I used my chop saw to cut random thicknesses of the logs to be placed on the board. About 1-2 inches. I didn’t want perfection. I wanted the look of stacked logs. If you have ever seen a log pile, it’s not perfect. It’s the imperfections that give it such character, I think.
I spray painted the board with Rustoleum black semi-gloss spray paint. All I had on hand was semi-gloss, but I think matte would have worked better. My house is kinda dark so the glossy didn’t show. Use whatcha got, right?
Attaching The Wood Pieces To The Board
Next, I carefully and randomly glued the wood pieces to the board with Gorilla Wood Glue. I suggest you let this dry overnight. Our fireplace had a metal trim around it, so Mr, Honey Do secure it with metal screws. If we ever decide we want to use the fireplace again (NOT) all we have to do is unscrew it.
The end results are so farmhouse! A Fireplace cover that even Joanna Gaines would approve of. I’m so pleased and have vowed to never take it down. For those of you die-hard fans of burning your fireplaces, I’m in Texas. It’s just a fashion statement.
Shortly after this project was completed, I decided I didn’t like the ugly brown tiles around the fireplace. So what’s a gal to do? She PAINTS them. CLICK HERE to see how I paint the tiles around my fireplace. And I added a new addition to my living room. CLICK HERE to see how I added a DIY shiplap around the fireplace. Hey, thanks for hanging out with me today. I can’t wait to tackle the next big thing… whatever that may be.
Until the next project… xo, Do