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My very own DIY Faux Fireplace

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!


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LOVE IT!! Great Job Holly!

Enjoying the Son!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLizz Allen

OH this is exciting! I love this idea and an now trying to figure out where I could squeeze something like this into our home. We already have all the supplies too!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

LOVE THIS! And now when I redo our living room I have something to put on the "naked" wall!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElleB

I think you are amazing!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Smith

When I saw the pic I thought you reburbished an old fireplace you found.
I have to admit I am aptly impressed this is a start from nothing creation.
Good job!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaMaJo

Thank you all so much for your kind words and comments! Due to some security settings on my blog (that I am working to fix!) I am having trouble responding directly to your comments. I hope to get this resolved soon, but in the meantime, please know that I read and enjoy all of your comments! Thank you for the support! Love, Holly

October 6, 2011 | Registered CommenterHolly B. Kennedy

Ok Holly, I bow to you! That fireplace project is amazing! You did a wonderful job and it turned out fantastic! Thanks for emailing it to me! It is truely "Santa ready!"
My foot is getting better, I'm back at school and limping around, I got a smaller foot boot so it's a little easier to get around. Thanks for thinking of me.
I love, love your fireplace, I hope you are so proud of your work! You should be!

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Wow! It looks so nice and so much like a fireplace. I love it. I bet it only took one day for your husband to finish this one.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalley | Brochure

Whoa so very awesome!! Come over and make me a fireplace pretty please!! Fantastic job Holly it is gorgeous!! Have so much fun decorating it!!

Hugs {michelle}

October 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Oh. My. Goodness! I just pinned this on my "Genius" Pinterest board. You are a genius to come up with this masterpiece! I am completely in AWE of you! This is gorgeous and brilliant. Okay, I'll stop with the gushing. Another favorite part about this post: the kids in the garage with their Dad sawing WITH THEIR HEADPHONES/EAR PROTECTORS on. Priceless photo! So cute to see them playing away while their Dad is working. I miss this part about my kids being little. I didn't ever think I would, however it was only once in a blue moon that my kids would actually play by themselves while I worked on a project. Usually they wanted to be right there with me participating when it wasn't safe for kid participation, if you know what I mean. Thing is, now they are ages 16,13 & 8 and they don't care about being in the same room with us anymore. Nice to be able to work uninterrupted, but I miss the close proximity sometimes. Sorry for the rambling. Didn't realize this would stir such emotions in me. Back to the mantel...you ROCK! Thank you millions for gracing Family Memory Board Link Party. You're the best! I feel a Heart Break Kids feature will be in the near future on Family Brings Joy. :D

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShan@FamilyBringsJoy

Wow! I just love what you did. I recently decorated a window sill as if it were a mantle because I too am without a fireplace. But this creation of yours is brilliant. I pinned it! And maybe I can convince my husband we need one too!

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October 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith Resnick

Hi Meredith. All I can say is WOW!!! You and your husband did a terrific job. This was such a fantastic and creative use of up-cycling! Who knew ~ bi-fold doors. Wow!

Hugs...Tracy :) your newest follower.

P.S. I saw you on At the Picket Fence. Hope you'll stop by and visit me sometime.

October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

Hi Holly I felt your pain ! I too had HG. Myfirst doctor was rather new and not informed on this . I ended up misscarrying at 4 months. I got pregnant as soon as I could again. It started all over again at 6 weeks. I had a new doctor so that was great becasue he was ahead of what I was going through. So by the end I lost 50 lbs. and onlygained 8 back. My son weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz.. I felt wonderful the minute he was out of my body. I could of done gotten up and done anything. So much so that the ladies in the new moms bathing class did not like me when I came skipping in carrying my big baby freshly showered and dressed . At 9 months I told my husband I will give it 6 months and if we aren't pregnant by then I don't think I could go through it again. God must of thought she is serious. So I was pregnant that night. It all started again at 6 weeks. This time I moved in with my mom so she could take care of me and my son. I feel like I missed so much of his babyhood. I spotted through out and everytime I turned around they were doing utlra sounds. I lost another 50 lbs and gained back a whole 9 lbs. this time. My daugher was 8 lbs. 15 oz. so when I got out of bed to get in the wheel chair after delivering the nurse said " looks like you lost that ounce." . People use to say oh look how small you are after having such a big baby. I would always say " don;t wish for this cause it is not fun at all" the words "I love being pregnant " never came out of my mouth. The other part that really bothered me was no one ever knew I was pregnant by looking at me cause I never showed. I walked into the hospital wearing regular jeans in a much smaller size then I did the day I got pregnant. So much so that when I went to buy diapers two days before my sons birth the lady at the register said "do you want a gift receipt with that?" when I said no they were for my baby that I was having in two days she just stared at me open mouthed going seriously???
Thanks for sharing your story

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November 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfqkbih fqkbih

Well done with your fireplace! How clever of you too - it's beautiful! I've got this linked to my fireplaces post as well today, for inspiration!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterInspire Me Heather

Love it! Very clever! I have a gas fireplace, with an outdated, hunter green tile surround. Have been looking for ideas on how to re-do it, preferrably using wood, so as to make it more in keeping with the rest of the house, which is old reduced Queen Anne, with lots of wood trim and such. I think I've just found my cheap and easy fix! Awesome!

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I love love love this faux fireplace! I have been searching for ideas on easy (but beautiful) DIYs. I came across yours last night and showed my hubs and he cannot wait to get started on one of our own! Just one question, I love the touch of the initial..where do you find such a thing?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatieLap

I love your fireplace! You guys did an awesome job!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I was searching for a faux fireplace and found yours and I love it! I had a question that I'm hoping you can answer for me - for the bi-fold closet doors that you used, were they hollow or solid core? I was searching online and can only find hollow ones, and I just want to make sure that they will make a sturdy enough piece. Thanks!!

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah A.

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May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRaymenDavis

Do you delete all the negative comments?

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