Monday, November 14, 2011

A Faux Fireplace? Yes, Please!

*Update*  I have entered my faux fireplace in the One Month To Win It craft competition!  Please visit the site here: One Month To Win It

One of my husband's favorite things {besides me, of course} is a good fire.  He also loves old mantles.  Unfortunately, in our current home, we have no fireplace or mantle.  Yea, it's pretty pathetic at Christmas time...the stockings get hung on the...wall.  Ewww.  The fire pit in the lanai provides the fires that we love to sit around and talk, so I decided to provide the fireplace and mantle.

I was inspired by Heart Break Kids' faux fireplace.  Actually, as soon as I saw it, I pinned it on Pinterest and my comment was, "I WILL do this before Thanksgiving."  And I did!  I went straight to the "As Is" section of Ikea and found four perfect cabinet doors.
Two of the narrower cabinet doors were $6.99 and the other two were $8.99.  They are pretty heavy and when I got them home, I realized a little too short.  My brain had to go into "bright idea mode." 

I found this piece of board in my garage.  This board came with these transom windows.

I used another piece of wood that was in my Ikea stash to measure the sizes for the three boards I needed.  {And no, I didn't use a measuring tape.  I used my eyeball and a pencil :)}  I don't know why I didn't take a picture of it.  I believe it was a shelf and it was black.  You will see it in the following pictures.  I spray painted it Valspar's Bright White.  BTW, it took me awhile to hand cut those boards, but I just kept repeating to myself, "Building muscle, building muscle..."  It didn't really help....still sucked.

Attached the cabinets and the three board together will L Brackets.  They were about $5 for eight.  At this point, I set it up with the Ikea shelf and you know what?  I didn't love it.  I didn't even really like it.  It needed more character and I wanted shiny white with a rustic element.  In come the pallets:

This is the same pallet that I took two boards from to make this sign.  I ripped off all the boards.  Arent' they awesome?  I love me some old, weathered boards...especially ones with rusty nails!

The total for the project was approximately $35.  I only had to pay for the cabinet doors and L Brackets, everything else I had on hand.

My fireplace is not all attached together.  I think leaving it in separate pieces will make it easier to move around the house and when we move this summer.

NOW I love it.  I'm still thinking of nailing the pallet boards together with additional boards to make it a chunkier mantle, but this will do for now.  I also need to buy some backing for it so you can't see the wall.  After Thanksgiving, it is getting moved to the entry and "the stockings will be hung by the chimney with care..."

Feels so gooooooood to be BACK!


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  1. Wow, it turned out beautifully! It was only on close inspection that I realized the panels were actually cabinet doors. You've done a lovely job decorating both the mantle and the wall above it. I can only imagine how cozy this will make your room at Christmas!

  2. This turned out really great! New follower here. Would love it you would stop by and share this at my linky party :)

    Also, PRETTY PLEASE check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on right now!! Would love to see you be a part of it!

  3. AWESOME!!! SEE im tellin ya we need a store! WOmen

  4. Looks great!! I love it!! I actually have a mantal with the fake wood inside, that you plug doesn't produce heat. I would love to do the top like you have!! Looks awesome!!

  5. What...are you kidding? I am blown away by the fact that you made this so cheap! It's gorgeous!

  6. I was sceptical at first but you won me over. This looks fantastic, I love the candles you put where the fire would go. I'm looking over my living room for a place for one of my own!

    New follower from stuff and nonsense

  7. You did an awesome job. I love the planks on top.

  8. Seriously, it turned out great, and I truly love the wooden pallet look on top. so rustic and cool. You did a great job and no one would know that you used cabinets doors! I'm hoping you will share this over at Sunday's Best Party going on now. Sharing ideas is a good thing! And this needs to be shared.

  9. This is still one of my fav projects. I think this mantel turned out great, and so inexpensive. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing this over at Sunday's Best party.


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