Painted Wood. A Summer Fireplace Idea.

I’m a naturally curious person constantly looking for answers. Just today for example, I wondered how long I’d been walking around in public with a chicken feather hanging off my ass. A big feather. Long. Probably a tail feather in fact.

Sometimes I have to relent that some of these life questions have to go unanswered.

But others do not.  What to do with my fireplace in the summer is one of those questions I have figured out the answer to.

Painted logs.

This was an fireplace idea I implemented a few years ago. The inspiration came from Pinterest.  My niece (the one who made herself sick doing Bikram Yoga and had to go home and drink all of her kids Pedialyte.) had recently become addicted to Pinterest and was constantly sending me things.

This fireplace idea was inspired by a Pin she sent me that showed a stack of logs beside a fireplace with the ends painted.  Thank you Pinterest.  (sorry can’t attribute to where it came from … it was one of those stupid pins that doesn’t seem to lead anywhere)

When I originally published this post a few years ago Elle Decor used this image.

I took the idea one step further and displayed the painter’s palette that I used to mix my colours on.  It’s on a picture stand on the mantle.

If you’d like to get even more creative, you can print images on wood like I show you in this tutorial on printing on wood.

I just grabbed some old water based folk art paints I had in the basement and a cruddy Dollar Store brush.

Painted Logs

I sat my feather covered ass down and got to work.  An hour later it was done.  Where did the hour go?  Well … 5 minutes can be attributed to mixing and painting the logs.  The other 55 minutes involved  staring at the wood deciding which pieces to paint which colour.

Looking back on this makes me sad for one MAJOR reason.  A couple of years after this I finally succumbed to putting my television over my mantle because that was the most logical place for it. It’s ugly. I hate it. But I also hate twisting my head in a circle in order to see the television.  In the end practicality won over aesthetics.

It wood looked great, took no time at all and cost nothing.  Where’s that ass feather now you ask?  Right in my cap.


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Painted Wood. A Summer Fireplace Idea.


  1. Anne says:

    Hey! Loved your post on self leveling cement and then just kind of stayed on here reading! We used a projector to project the TV above the fireplace. It means if it’s off you have no unsightly TV and if it’s on you have a cinema experience!

    • Karen says:

      I’ve considered a projector but this room is a bit small for one (the ceilings are only 7’3″ high!). ~ karen!

  2. Susan says:

    Love the logs. You mentioned you gave up and put your TV above your fire place. I have been considering this as a remedy for this situation in my new house and thought I would pass this info along to you. It is the best of having beautiful paintings and your television in the same place.

  3. Carolyn Schneider says:

    If you want to make your TV less stand outie (it’s my word and I’m sticking to it), try mixing it in with pictures on a gallery wall. I saw this somewhere, not pinterest. I gave pinterest up for art school because there isn’t time for both.

  4. Jan Donaldson says:

    Sorry Karen, mostly I enjoy your ideas, at the very least they make me laugh. But this one….nope. Bare naked wood is more my thing.

  5. Amy Schmucker says:

    You know what makes me grin? I love the devil-pig-bat-log. Or the “horny log”. hee hee. Who knew that a bunch of us would want to talk about wood. I am so glad to have your posts to make my computer time so much fun.
    This new season in life may just give you a new insight of all kinds of new posts to write about. Or maybe not and I am full of crap. Either way, keep writing because your damn good at it.

  6. Erica O says:

    Pinterest is an evil addiction. I stopped using the neighbor’s meth because it wasn’t anywhere near as exciting.
    Anyway, did the Pinterest picture look like any of the pictures in this blog post full of purple painted wood?

  7. Natika says:

    Awesome idea. So colourful and perky and perfect for summer. I love the idea of re-using the palette too. (^-^)

  8. Sara says:

    That’s lovely! What I’d really like to see is that chair and cushion next to the fireplace. Did you make the throw pillow? I really like it! :)

  9. Watch out for Pinterest — so addicting! You’ll find yourself sitting on your living room floor at 3 in the morning surrounded by felt and paint muttering to yourself with a big bowl of ice cream and/or bottle of wine nearby. Very dangerous stuff.

    Love the paint palette. And here I thought it was an expensive abstract art piece!

  10. KiwiKat says:

    Such an opportunity to shake your tail feather!!

  11. krisha says:

    Love it! I saw the same pin – planning to do it both inside and outside at our cabin!

  12. Lori says:

    I am so happy that you are back! Your open letter to Idris Elba had me laughing so hard. This wood painting idea is fabulous! I live in San Antonio, Texas where my fireplace is worthless and needless, and completely unused. Right now, I just have a painted canvas in front of it to cover up the hole. Your pinterest idea is perfect– and WILL be my next project. **hearts**
    Love ya, Karen!!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Lori! LOL, why do homes in Texas have fireplaces?! What’s the coldest it ever gets in San Antonio?? I also really like candles inside an unused fireplace. A pretend fire. ~ karen!

      • Donna Huebsch says:

        I know that it sounds unbelievable, but we’re in Florida and have a fireplace that we use from about November until February or March…of course, when the highs are about 65 degrees outside it’s fireplace weather to us :)

        • Karen says:

          Donna – It doesn’t sound unbelievable to me! I’ve been to Florida during January/February and it can be downright COLD! ~ karen

  13. Ali says:

    Very pretty!

    Welcome back Karen, if you need a place to escape my guest suite is still open :)

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