Monday, October 14, 2013

Faux Fireplace

I love fireplaces.  To me, they warm your soul, not just your body.  Since hubby and I have been married, I've dreamed of having one.  I grew up having a fireplace.  I loved helping my dad carry in wood and build a fire during the cold winter months.  He taught me all about kindling and what worked best.  Sometimes, he would even let me start it myself and I always felt so proud when I was able to get a fire going as good as he could.  To this day the scent of a fireplace burning somewhere in the air outside takes me right back to those special times with my dad.  It stops me in my tracks and I remember how much pride he seemed to take in building a fire for his family on cold evenings.

Our house doesn't have one and since I can't build a functioning fireplace, I decided to do the next best thing, a faux version.  It might not be just like what I had growing up but it certainly reminds me of that and brings back wonderful memories.  And hopefully it will provide a feeling of warmth for our kids too.


I used the cheaper wood from Lowes that is full of knot holes and it cost me a little under $100 to build.  I followed this tutorial, somewhat.  It took me an afternoon to build and I painted and added the barn wood the next day.  Not too bad as far as being time consuming.  And it really wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be.  I've wanted to build one forever but always felt it was too intimidating.   It wasn't once I got started.


To achieve a glowing "fire" look, I built a box from the remaining scraps of barn wood and filled it with burlap, Christmas lights and wood logs.  To really make it seem real and have a little fun with it, I play my crackling fire in the fireplace app on my ipad.  :)  A couple of times, I even caught myself going to stand in front of it to "get warm".  Silly, I know.

I am so happy with it and really, when I look at it, I can't believe I did it.  I know my dad would be super proud.


For the top, I used an extra thick piece of barn wood that I sanded down and waxed.


I decided against using candles in the box as I didn't want to be worried about wax dripping everywhere, which seems to always be a problem when I group candles together and burn them.  Luckily, there is an outlet directly behind the barn wood so I cut a small hole in the wood to provide an opening so I could plug in the lights and have it be perfectly hidden.


Can't wait to decorate it for the holidays!!

Have a wonderful day!

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58 comments:

  1. I love it!!! I have a gas fireplace in m living room. You've inspired me to do something with it. I really love your blog. You are so talented and I can tell that you are such a caring person. Good to you in all you do.

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  2. We have a fake fire place too! I love it especially in winter! It just makes you feel warm!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  3. Fantastic! We have no room for a fireplace but if we did I would have one just like it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. I love it!! Never thought of the twinkling lights. We have three non working coal burning fireplaces and I do believe the one in the hall is getting that treatment this Christmas!! You did a great job!! Very pretty!!

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  5. Dear Diana, it's just wonderful! I have no chance to have real fireplace at home too, but it really encourages me to think of building a fake but beautiful one as yours. Even single wooden box filled with wood logs and lights look gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring and 'chapeau bas' for your skills!

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  6. It looks wonderful! I know what you mean about a fireplace/ fire warming your soul! Nothing beats a cozy fire. The best thing about yours is you get to have that feeling year round!

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  7. What a beautiful focal point! Great work.

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  8. You did a great job with it. Looking forward to seeing how you will decorate it for the holidays.

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  9. WOWWW AMAZING post:) you made that fireplace yourself? Im amazed really.

    Check out my blog today...divine royal bedroom inspiration:)

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  10. Our house doesn't have one either, so after a year of begging :o), my husband built me one for Christmas about three years ago. I absolutely LOVE it. You can see it anytime I post pics of our living room. I love having the mantel. I love decorating it for all the seasons. I just love, love, love it. I'm glad you were able to add one, too!

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  11. Oh my goodness I love it! Also love the front door. Is that chalkboard paint? SO CUTE!

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  12. that's the best "faux" fireplace I've ever seen! what a great job you did Diana, I know you and your dad can be proud of it. I can almost feel the fire, smell the wood burning and hear the crackle of the wood! just beautiful!!!!

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  13. I love the Christmas lights idea for my real fireplace!

    Could you please tell me the source for your living room curtains? I need those for my master bedroom :)

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  14. Your living rooö is GORGEOUS! and I love the idea!

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  15. So awesome! Way to go on building the mantle and love the box with lights, logs, and burlap. I may have to copy that one to use for my non-working fireplace.

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  16. So pretty and I think the tiny lights are great. Cosy and festive and warm. And no smoke! Probably better for the environment. Well done.

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  17. So pretty and I think the tiny lights are great. Cosy and festive and warm. And no smoke! Probably better for the environment. Well done.

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  18. great idea! Adds a lot of warmth to the room, lookin good!

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  19. love.love.love that screen door...and the fireplace...and the porch. your blog is inspiring! I just tried to find the door on lowes.com but nothing...was it a special order?

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    1. No, we just bought it in the store. It may not be available online. Thank you!

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  20. omg , I love me some twinkle lights....LOVE THIS....the crate with the lights....genious

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  21. Wow this is amazing! It fits right in your cozy living room. Great job!

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  22. Diana -That is a really great faux fireplace. Love the "fire box" with little lights, too. GREAT job- xo Diana

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  23. your mantel looks fantastic!! what are the wooden items on the mantel??

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    1. Hi Mary, those are vintage juggling pins. My hubby found them. :)

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  24. your mantel looks fantastic!! what are the wooden items on the mantel??

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  25. Diana it's gorgeous! You are so clever and there is nothing wrong with using an iPod for sound effects! I sometimes have New Zealand bird sounds on my computer playing to remind me of home. Love the little lights and logs - just charming. I must create one for myself. :-)

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  26. It looks so beautiful! I recently bought a faux fireplace on Craigslist for $100 and I posted about it last week! I'm like you-- I just love the warmth a fireplace brings.. not even the literal warmth, but the home-y feeling it brings!

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    www.revolutionariesblog.com

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  27. What a fabulous job you did! I love what you did with the logs, it really does give the feeling of a fire burning. Thanks for the link I came over to see where all the traffic was coming from ;)

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    1. Hi Mimi, thank YOU for the DIY photos! I couldn't have done this without them! You made it seem so much less intimidating. :)

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  28. I love it! Looks great & I love that you found a way to add the lights/look and sound of the real deal. Truthfully, I love our fireplace but even now as it gets colder I always ask the hubby if we can have a fire but sometimes he just doesn't want to deal with the set up, cleaning & making sure there's no venting or safety issues. So, I might use your idea for enjoying the look & feel without the hassle or wood chopping :)

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  29. O my goodness Diana! This is beautiful! My mom is just building a new home but was disappointed that it won't have a fireplace. I'm going to see if my husband and I can pull together something like this for her! You've done a beautiful job on this one and I just know she would love something similar. Thanks for the idea! Well done :)

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  30. It just looks great! Love the twinkle lights between the logs.

    We do have a fireplace, but I've always wanted one in the bedroom too. So maybe I gotta build a faux fireplace too (or get my husband to do it... ;-)

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  31. What a smart idea! I never would of thought to use logs and christmas lights, sheer genius!

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  32. Your fireplace/mantle looks amazing! Oh you will have so much fun decorating it for the holidays too! We have a fireplace and we do use it.The winters are pretty cold here.But if we did not have one I would want to have your beautiful fireplace/mantle :-)
    xx
    Anne

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  33. If you're not very handy, it's easy to find fireplace surrounds with mantels to use for a faux fireplace. We had a fireplace drawn on our wall for years before we built a real one, haha!

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  34. Diana, I love your blog. It is so beautiful and cozy. I always get a good feeling when I read your posts.

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  35. Your home is just beautiful. I love the way you filled the empty space in the fireplace, and the lights in the logs, perfect. I also saw the post before this and your screen door is just amazing. You have a great way with textures and colors. Alaina

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  36. Wow, you're amazing. I'd never attempt that. I'm sure I'd mess it up. It looks fantastic.

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  38. Wow- It looks like its always been there! It looks beautiful, and I would be excited to decorate it for the hoidays as well!

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  39. The Christmas lights idea is genius and I will be copying that idea for Christmas. I adore your blog. Your home has a warm and cozy feel that I just love.

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  40. Love your fireplace! What a great idea! I think I might try something like that in our bedroom.

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  41. THIS is gorgeous!!!!! I have space in our game room to do this. We also put our Christmas tree in that room. How fun would that be!?!?!

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  42. You are truly amazing!! This is just gorgeous! I love the fact that you used the lights in the box...it honestly looks like a fire glowing. Your Dad probably gave you a high 5 from Heaven!

    xo
    Pat

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  43. I love this idea and so glad I found it ! I have a mantle ceiling to floor,someday it will be the real thing but this will do for awhile with these hard times.great job and thankyou !


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  44. I LOVE the grey walls!! What color is that exactly?

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    1. Hi Erin! The color is Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. :)

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  45. I LOVE your grey walls!! What color is that exactly?

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  46. I have officially added the fake fireplace to the honey-do list. Thanks so much. You have a gift and talent. Its very generous of you to share.

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  47. For a second there I thought this corner was the same one as the reading nook corner. It has the same chair seat and lamp. Was this photo staged?

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  48. Awesome fireplace in your blog i love it i will be made same fireplace in my home i was think that which type fireplace will be better in my home after see your blog my problem is solve i get the idea from your firewall post someone call tell me which the best online virtual fireplace website

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