Whimsical Living Room #2 : Fake Fireplace


Whimsical Living Room Fake Fireplace

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Roy Gets Ready To Paint

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My fireplace as a kid. (1972)

Even though the home is a rental we were allowed to paint the walls.  I went with Jennifer’s suggestion of two walls a darker teal color and two a lighter shade of the same. Subtle but awesome. After the painting was completed my first order of business was that I wanted a fireplace, but the home didn’t have one. Minor detail. I’ve always had an attachment to fireplaces, most likely stemming from my childhood growing up in Arizona. Being a very warm state fireplaces were not common but at Christmastime my parents put up a cardboard fireplace. How I loved it!   I searched and searched online but most were the type that actually simulated a fire by various means and were mega expensive. I finally found one for less than $100 that was just a facade with a mirror in the log area. It was thin and not quite tall enough but the best I could do so I was happy enough.

Fireplace Right Out of the Box

My New Fireplace Right Out of the Box

The mantle was also a bit too skinny for my needs and for the important function of hanging stockings at Christmas time. Roy said he could also fix that for me. He bought some wood and had my dad help cut and bevel it and then painted it a nice off white color and attached it on the top of the fireplace. He then did a little work on the back of it so we could set our TV on top without having the wires show.

He knew it was a little bit shorter than I wanted and he told me he could make a simple hearth for it so it would not only sit up higher but look more like a real fireplace.  He used some bricks we already had at the house to do that. It was all fairly quick and easy and it looks great!

NOTE: This fake fireplace front is no longer available on Amazon where I initially purchased mine. If you’re suinterested in finding one you can do a Google search for “Mirrored Mantel Facade”.


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Making a deeper mantle

Wood Roy Purchased For Making a Larger Mantle

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Attaching the new mantle

Attaching the Sanded, Beveled and Painted Wood Mantle

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Adjusting the back so cords can be hidden

Fixing the Back To Hide Cables

Making a Quick Hearth

Making a Quick Hearth

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