Previously, I hinted at a teaser of my big project with my Painted Window Sign blog post and today is the day I finally share with you our DIY faux fireplace and how we created it!
One of my Vegas besties resurfaced her fireplace, beautifully I must add! She was going to ditch the builder’s formed concrete surround and I stole… er, got it from her for only $25 bucks!
My Living Room lacked a focal point and it needed an element that added warmth as well as a welcoming touch since this was the first room you saw when you came into our Vegas home. Repurposing this old concrete frame into a DIY Faux Fireplace fixes everything!
I built a base with a pallet wood and scraps. I cut pieces of scrap wood we had and left all the blemishes to show for a weathered look.
Don’t show this to any master carpenters – they would die!
This is how I mounted the formed concrete to the wall. The concrete frame is rather heavy, so I’m confident it won’t move, but I first placed the 2X4 into the studs, and screwed another on top to anchor the surround. Here is a view from the top.
I love how my DIY Faux Fireplace looks like it’s floating there! It’s magic, y’all!
We trimmed the sides with baseboard molding that I painted, and painted, and painted to match the concrete.
Using craft paint I had on hand, I mixed it until I found the right match.
Bad blogger moment: I forgot to take pics for a tute on this, but I’ll tell you what I did.
I got a HUMONGO piece of cardboard from a big box store that they were just pitching. The sales guy looked at me as if I had two heads, but if he only knew what I was going to create with this! I brought it home and lined it with all types of different paper using a glue stick. Sheet music, old dictionary pages, book pages, scrapbooking paper, etc.
I used an old newspaper from 1953 that lined the soldier’s trunk as a centerpiece to my book page backdrop. It’s one of my favorite parts of this piece.
Our local grocery store had birchwood logs on clearance for a few bucks. I placed them in an old WWII solder’s trunk I found at an estate sale.
Next, I added Christmas lights underneath the logs for that fireplace glow. Once the lights heat up the birch wood, it creates a nice, cozy smell.
For the mantel, I hemmed and hawed about what to do and when back to my scrap pile. I needed it to be narrow, but long.
I found 2 fencing timbers that we had left over from shed project we built that I sanded down and glazed a nice dark brown and distressed them to look like pieces of driftwood.
Trent suggested I used twine to ‘tie’ them together. I love the look it gave.
He has good ideas every now and then! (wink)
Now I finally have a beautiful place to watch the sunrise and enjoy my morning coffee.
A relatively simple project you can recreate using an old mantle surround – many times you can find one on Craigslist!