Happy Monday Friends! No, we are not pregnant! :) Did I get you though?! :)
Today I am bragging on a friend I met at Vintage Market Days this year. You remember this post where I showed you the fireplace we created out of stacked fire wood, right?
Well, one of my favorite things about that weekend was watching men be interested in this piece. Unless it's a big screen TV or giant mural of a team logo, most men generally aren't super interested in design or decor. But that weekend, the gentlemen definitely took notice of the rustic and natural wood piece! That made me very happy. :) One of those men happened to be Jim Sellers. His wife and daughter had visited the event on Friday and told Jim he should come by to take a look at the piece. Saturday Jim came by and asked some questions about the construction. I was happy to tell Jim our process including the fact that we skipped some steps because we knew this was a temporary look.
Well, about a week later I received a text from Jim that he had completed the fireplace! My first thought was, "Wow, that guy is on top of it! And then Jim sent me some photos and I was so impressed! Take a look!
I give out a lot of information about different projects, but the truth is people rarely get around to actually taking the projects on, specifically the bigger ones. I was beyond thrilled to see that Jim and his family would be enjoying this fireplace for years to come.
Jim's wife, Linda, decorated the piece beautifully. . . although I'm pretty sure the rifle was probably Jim's idea. :) Careful with that Jim, "you'll shoot your eye out friend!" :) "Christmas Story" anyone?
Jim actually took steps to make the piece more permanent than our version. For example, we drove rebar into the ground and used a super strong fishing line to hold things together. Jim used rebar and welded a base structure together that will stand the test of time. Here's a photo he sent of it.
After the base was created, Jim said it was extremely easy to just stack the wood in place. Jim also added some shelves on the edges of the piece and made his mantle with reclaimed fence pickets. Great job Jim!!! You're definitely the better looking twin in this duo! :)
If any locals are interested, Jim may be persuaded to weld a metal grid for your own "firewood fireplace" as well. E-mail me if you would like Jim's info!