A Wood Stacked Fireplace

It’s been about two weeks since we shared our faux fireplace redo, and gosh darn it, I think it’s nifty. There are two problems with it, one of which I think we finally solved. The plants in the apple box just didn’t quite go with it, and it is a little big in scale for the living room. While we are considering moving this beauty to another part of the house sometime down the road, we finally got to the project of redoing the inside.
I say “finally” got to the project, because in all reality, this started back in May. On the north side of our house there is a poplar tree that is incredibly tall – I dunno, 60 feet or so. It’s such a monster that I’ve dreamt more then once that it fell down in a windstorm. I’ve come to loathe this tree for other reasons – the root system is creating pure havoc throughout my lawn, making unsightly bulges, not to mention destroying my lawnmower.
Luckily my brother-in-law is not quite the pansy I am when it comes to climbing up tall trees like this one with a saw in one hand and rope in the other. He helped me shop off a good 20 feet from the top of the tree. Truth be told, we had intended to take the whole thing out, but it started to rain. And that was the end of our attempt.
A byproduct of our fun and games was the huge pile of twigs and branches that have sat to the side of my house all summer long. I hate it, but since I’m the one that has to move it, there it has sat.
So, how awesome was it when Whitney fell in love with a wood filled fireplace she came across in a magazine? I got to kill two birds with one stone – cut wood for the fireplace, and start to hack away at the beaver dam in my yard. I’ll be expecting thank you notes from the neighbors.
I measured 12” pieces of the branches of various diameter, making a clean cut on both sides of the log – we wanted them to fit neatly all lined up in their new home, not jutting out various lengths. I also trimmed off some of the small stubs, to make stacking a bit easier and more uniform.
Stacking the logs took a bit longer then we anticipated, especially with the help of an excited three year old trying to stack it himself and a whiny 21 monther that didn’t like the sound of the chop saw.
We finally managed to complete the project and snap a few photos. I think it’s a much more manly version of the fireplace and I’m diggin’ it.  Plus it’s wearing our potpourri Halloween Tree.
Now that we’ve got that part done, I might be reconsidering if we’ll keep this piece in the living room. I can already envision a flat screen TV above it in the master bedroom. Shhhh, don’t tell Whitney.

Update: We’ve moved things around as part of the master bedroom project.  You can check out the latest look of this fireplace here or more on how we transformed the faux fireplace here.

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  1. Oh, WOW!! I absolutely love this idea! Now to get my husband to build me a faux fire place to put them in;) Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love this idea….I’m putting it on my FB page tonight! :) Thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday!

  3. This.is.AMAZING! I love it! It looks like a Pottery Barn catalog! I’m featuring you on my blog tomorrow! Wonderful job!


  4. Ok, that is seriously GORGEOUS!! I totally agree with Katie that it looks like something out of the PB catalog. You guys have an incredible blog and so many great ideas! We are thrilled that you came over and joined us for Inspiration Friday this week and hope we see lots more of you in the future! :-)

  5. Keep em coming! I love the idea!

  6. LOVE it!! And love your blog! I came over from the linky party at Thrifty Decorating and am a new follower!

  7. It looks really amazing, it seriously belongs in a magazine. I love love love it and cannot wait to see more. I just wish i had my own rooster and hen to decorate my house.

  8. This looks so stylish! I don’t have a fireplace, but love your idea!!!!

  9. LOVE it! I’m so inspired now to do the same to my candle-filled and uneventful fireplace!

  10. LOVE. IT.
    looks absolutely fantastic.
    i now have faux fireplace envy!
    cheryl xox.

  11. this is gorgeous! makes me want to go out and buy a faux fireplace, and fins a popular tree to cut down (or a birch tree which looks pretty similar).

  12. I love this look- perfect for fall! I really like the way you styled you mantle with the picture frames as well. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I’m having for a Dremel Saw Max!

  13. Wow. I love that. Makes me want to do the same thing in my wood storage compartment by our wood fireplace. (I wouldn’t let anyone burn the wood once complete though.) It looks great. I’ll be on the lookout for a faux fireplace for mt master bedroom to copy this look.

  14. Love it, so fresh and fun!

  15. LOVE this look! WOW!

  16. Yeah, this is pretty much gorgeous. I know I shouldn’t covet, but…

  17. This is awesome. I have been dying to do this is our fireplace. I have a small collection, but need to find about 50 more!

  18. This is beautiful! I’d love for you to join my brand new linky party! http://www.coffeeandtheirkisses.com/2011/10/stitch-n-niche-saturdays-linky-party-1.html

  19. This is beautiful – it looks like it should be in a home decor magazine. We have a double sided fireplace that currently has an UGLY woodburning stove in it, but I’m afraid if we take it out, that my toddler son will use it as a secret passage way. The logs would be a great way to prevent that. I’ll tell my husband to stop watching football and go start chopping!! Thanks

  20. THis is absolutely stunning! I love the wintry feel to your new design. Beautiful!

  21. This is so Great! We have the faux burned wood logs in our gas fireplace which has no gas line… I”d love to convince hubby to cut some of these to bring character to our den. I’ve pinned it, now to see if he’ll go for it :) I’m a new follower.

  22. Hi, there! This turned out lovely. Btw, I’m admiring all the creativity here in your blog. May I invite you to join my Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  23. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing such a fantastic idea!

  24. I LOVE THIS! I actually thought the crate looked fine, but this is even better!

    I’m your newest follower. :)

  25. Absolutely beautiful. I am so impressed with what you’ve done with your “faux” fireplace. This was the perfect addition- especially in light of “functionality”. I love your mantel decor too/ Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  26. LOVE it!! Wonderful idea & it looks like something from Pottery Barn….:)

  27. This is so cute! Great inspiration for my fireplace. Thanks for sharing!
    Stephanie @ Ladywiththeredrocker.wordpress.com

  28. Ridiculously gorgeous! I love decorating with natural (free!) elements! You did a great job!

  29. Oh, I love this! I want to find some vintage frames like that now! Happy to be your newest follower!

  30. Wow, its gorgeous. We have a large fireplace with 2 storage places/parts(dont know what to call them) either side that are currently full of crap and toys. Might have to “borrow” this idea and ship the toys off to charity :-)


  31. Love it! I love your frames and sticks on the mantle too!

  32. Wow! Great job! I love the look of the real wood. Very classy.

  33. WOW, absolutely gorgeous! Now I wish I had a faux fireplace so I could do this!

  34. I so need to do this with our fireplace! The flue is broken and we’re never gonna use it, truth be told, I’d love to knock it down and put in a huge picture window. But until then, I could do this! :)

  35. What a beautiful blog you have. So inspiring. I adore this idea. Looks like a lot of work, but it looks oh so good. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. PLEASE do add my link or button to your blog. Hope you are a new friend of mine as well.

    • Welcome Debbie! We’ve got your link added to the Blog Party tab at the top. Thanks for letting us party with you!

  36. I lu-huve this idea! Candice Olson did something like this for wall art a while ago, and I’ve been wanting to do it ever since! I’m so glad you showed some specifics on how you did it. It’s a brilliant place for it! Thank you for sharing!

  37. Hi there! Wow! What a project! I love how your fireplace turned out. Great idea! I found you through The Trendy Treehouse friend party. I’m your newest follower:) Hope you’ll visit The Corson Cottage sometime.

  38. love it! found you via the girl creative and
    hope you’ll enter my giveaway and decide to follow:



  39. WOW!
    This is the answer to all my problems. I am SO sad I don’t have a fireplace in my house. Simply for the mantel. And, seeing a faux one filled with logs? To. Die. For!

  40. That looks awesome – your fireplace is gorgeous!

  41. I love the look of this – elegant, rustic, and textural! My favorite way to decorate a fireplace!

    Just a word of caution: I did this over the summer with my fireplace and just took a look at it (now that it’s time to start using the fireplace for fires and not just decoration) and I could tell that there were bugs in the wood from when it was outside – lots of piles of wood dust from boring bugs and some spiderwebs. I think if I were to do this again I’d bake the wood for a bit to kill off any bugs.

  42. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such a fun blog full of inspiration. I love your fireplace — it is truly STUNNING!!

  43. I love this so much I featured it this week at my Hookin Up with HoH Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you’d like!!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  44. Thanks so very much for linking up to my Pinning and Singing Pinterest Party. I am so thrilled that you joined in. I hope you will be able to link up again this weekend!

    Best wishes and happy pinning!

  45. Your fireplace looks great either way! Love the logs, tho’, and a great way to repurpose the poor tree. Visiting from Natasha’s P&S party.

  46. I love the natural elements you brought to your fireplace. I also like the idea of having a faux fireplace in our master bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  47. This is so gorgeous! I want a fireplace! :(

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking…

  48. Wow, completely in love with this idea. If only I didn’t need my fireplace for actual heat… 😉

  49. I love it, amazing…I’ll be back to stalk you!

  50. Hi! Thank you again for sharing your fabulous fireplace with us last week at Inspiration Friday. We wanted you to know you are one of our features this week! :) We just loved your project!


  51. Wow – you did an amazing job – I love this! new follower, now gfc following you, Karima

  52. Neat, clean, simple, and elegant all at the same time! I love it! Please be sure to stop by my blog and check out what I have been up to! Have a wonderful day! I’ll be back!

  53. Gorgeous. Absolutely stunning. This could be on the cover of a magazine! Featured you on my blog today:

  54. Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

  55. This is one of the most fantastic things I’ve seen in a while. I love all the looks you’ve done with the fireplace. I want one!

  56. This is amazing!! -I am so glad you said something about it! The texture is superb! So excited to be your newest follower, thanks for saying “Hi!” :)


  57. Wow! Truly amazing. Pretty sure this one went viral?!

  58. check out the same effect but with the added advantage of being removal when you want to make a fire.

  59. I am doing an extensive series on using branches in home decor and I started off today’s post by featuring your fireplace. Check it out here at Ashbee Design.. There are a series of links to the many previous posts I did on other ways of using sticks, branches, twigs, etc. in decor.


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