I do not have a fireplace. I have lamented before how this poses a decorating problem. (Okay. Seriously? If this is my biggest problem, my life is a fairytale! And it pretty much is...) Anyhow, I really wanted a fireplace. Not so much for a cozy fire, really just to have a fantastic mantle to decorate! Again, my problems are lame and I am truly blessed! So, ever since I saw this amazing faux fireplace by Mandi, I have been determined to make my own!
There are, per usual, a lot of photos in this post. So that I don't lose your attention, I am going to start with the beauty shot. Check it out!
Oh yes--I made that!!!!! Isn't that lovely? Here's what I did:
I started with some reclaimed barn wood, two sets of bifold closet doors from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and some random cabinet doors.
My husband helped me cut the doors to size, and I started painting. I normally do not use spray paint for bigger projects, but because I didn't want to have to prime and paint, I tried Krylon's Dual Paint and Primer in One, and it was fantstic! (Before I started painting, I gorilla glued a "K" tile on the front of my cabinet door for a little extra detail.)
After everything was painted, I started glazing it to give it a very old, worn look. Here is a picture of a paritally painted door so that you can see what a difference the glaze makes.
Pretty cool, right? Next I attached the bifold doors using some L brackets from the hardware store.
And then I attached the cabinet door to the bifold doors.
Then the whole family got in on the action! Morgan diligently brushed all the dust from the cut boards, and "built" her own projects by stacking random piles of scrap boards that my husband and I continually tripped over. (You can see that we are only using one side of the garage, because our new windows were just delivered and are taking up the other stall!) Quinn just wanted to draw pictures. And my husband was so sweet to cut everything without questioning, even though he later told me he had his doubts while he was doing so!
We made a frame for the hearth out of some of the reclaimed barn wood and scrap wood, and then we attached the top of the hearth to the frame.
For the back of the fireplace, I found this fantastic faux brick paneling at Lowe's. After my husband cut it to size, I painted it and glazed it to match the rest of the project.
I made this project in four seperate pieces so that it would be easy to take apart/relocate if I got tired of it. The hearth is the first piece. Then the "fireplace" just sets on top of the hearth. The back is resting against the wall behind the fireplace. And the mantle is fitted to the top of the fireplace. All four pieces are separate, but my husband helped me construct it so that, even though it is not attached to anything, it is very secure!
I LOVE how this turned out! Now for some decorations!
Looking good, but it needs something...Oh yeah! Lights!
Much better! Here is a wider shot so you can see how it fits in my living room/dining room.
And, next time I will show you how I created this fall vignette using all items that I already had! You gotta love that!
I love to create things, big or small, and I think this is my favorite project to date! What do you think?
I am off to walk my son to school! It's a beautiful day here! I hope that wherever you are, regardless of you current situation or circumstance, that you take time to enjoy the Son today!