Look closely…something in this picture is just an illusion. Those are not actually logs stacked neatly in our fireplace. Could you tell? In preparation for the holidays, I wanted to give our formal living room fireplace a much needed facelift.
A sad looking broken gas fixture has been taking up residence and bringing a bad vibe to the whole room. I saw this genius faux log stack on Pepper Design and got the bug to try it on our fireplace. Sure, I would have loved a gas fireplace, but it’s not a priority for us right now. If you’re on the hunt for one, check out a wholesale gas fireplace here.
Here is the progression of our poor, pitiful fireplace:
1. Bleck. Needs help.
2. My sad attempt to fix with linen scraps and a hot glue gun.
3. Hello faux log stack. I love you!
DIY FAUX LOG STACK
-Plywood cut to the dimensions of your fireplace (Leaving about an 1/8 of an inch on all sides to allow it to slide in.)
-Log slices 2-3 inches long
-Tightbond wood glue-Black spray paint
1. Spray paint the plywood black.
2. Arrange log slices so that they fit on the board in a way that looks as if they are stacked.
3. Pick up and glue individual logs in the placement you had them (*This is important rather than gluing and arranging as you go!)
4. Allow glue to dry overnight. (That tested my patience.)
5. Screw in brackets to the back of the board.
6. After placing log board into the fireplace, we added two screws to the front to keep the board from falling forward.
A small change, true. But the faux log stack makes the whole room feel a bit more rustic and modern. Who knew little log slices could make me so happy?
“Although it can seem like a bit of a jigsaw, this is fairly simple alteration that has a great impact on the atmosphere of the room,” says professional property buyer Ruban Selvanayagam.