10 Ways to (Stylishly) Childproof a Fireplace

It's happened: my five-month-old has started rocking on her hands and knees and I'm well aware of the next logical step — crawling. It's just about time to start baby-proofing the house. I've done it before so it shouldn't be too difficult, but the one place that we were never able to stylishly address was the fireplace. This time around, I'm determined to find a smart and pretty solution so I turned to Apartment Therapy and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. Here are ten of my favorite ways to (stylishly) childproof a fireplace:

TOP ROW

1.Cover it with a chalkboard-painted panel: Apartment Therapy
2.Fill it with toys: Milk Magazine
3. Create a faux stacked log fireplace facade: Pepper Design Blog
4. Fill it with books: The Yvestown Blog
5. "Light" a toy campfire: Apartment Therapy

BOTTOM ROW

6. Cover it with a magnetic panel: Apartment Therapy
7. Create a felt board fireplace screen: Apartment Therapy
8. Install a whiteboard fireplace cover: Apartment Therapy
9. Cover it with sheet metal: Dirty Feet and Other Confessions
10. Fill it with a basket (of toys/blankets/books/etc.): The Lettered Cottage

(Images: As linked above)