• DIY Fake Fireplaces, Fireplace Mantel and more…

    The fireplace and mantle are right up there when talking about creating a focal point in any room; especially the bedroom! In the bedroom it adds glamour and resale value,instantly. And that’s not a bad place to start because you have an instant feature, mood creator and a warm coziness factor.

    Airstone fireplace

    Image – Pinterest – Airstone details here

    But where ever you have a fireplace, it might be time to think of painting it, adding a new mantel, doors or fire screen to bring it up to date. I’ve also added a Faux Fireplace section with easy ways to create the look without the actual fireplace…

    With so many great fireplace ideas out there from the latest Airstone which is lighter and cheaper than stone, unfinished wood, stone, antique or brick, including all the additional bling to go with it, here are a few ideas you can add to your home decor toolbox.

    Fireplace Andirons

    Victorian Fireplace Andirons

    This post has lots of ideas from creating and decorating your fireplace, from gel to gas, glass doors and more. It’s a long post, but there is bound to be an idea or two you can borrow to add a fireplace to your rooms or make your existing fireplace look amazing.

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    House of Turquoise Bedroom Fireplace

    Fireplace Glass Doors

    Glass doors were invented to stop drafts coming down a chimney once the fire goes out. They have evolved from a functional to a decorative accessory. Easy if all you need is a firescreen. There are so many wonderful styles to choose from.

    If you have a fireplace already installed; the good news is that they are a fairly simple DIY project and only take about 30 minutes or so to install.

    The type of doors you need, depends on the fireplace you have.

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    glass fire place doors

    Pleasant Hearth CB-3300 Colby Fireplace Glass Door

    There are two types:

    Brick Firebox – Masonry

    • A masonry fireplace has a brick firebox and chimney; which creates its own built in cooling and ventilation.
    • Decide if you want
      • an overlap. An overlap door fits outside the firebox.
      • inside fit. An inside fit doors sit flush with the fireplace.
    • Installation requires a masonry drill bit and anchor screw to mounting the door in your fireplace.

    Metal Firebox – Factory

    • Factory (prefab) fireplace has a chimney and metal firebox. To deal with the amount of heat they generate, they require full ventilation for cooling and safety.
    • In some cases, these are ready for doors to be easily popped into a track.

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    fireplace doors

    Pleasant Hearth FN-5702 Fenwick Fireplace Glass Door

    Once you have determined the design, you are ready to pick out your beautiful new set of glass doors. While there are a variety of styles to choose from, it is best to know your manufacturer and model number as well as the dimensions of your fireplace before placing the all or shopping online. If you are unsure of what to do, check out the links provided here.

    Decorating Bling

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    More Fire Screens

    Consider your mantle like another piece of furniture; tall mantel for tall spaces and smaller mantel for instant intimacy and great for smaller rooms.

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    If you are using it more as a decorative prop, then filling the empty hole can become as deep as your imagination, to create a feature focal point in your room.

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    Fireplace mantels

    fire place mantel

    Antique Ivory Fireplace Mantel

    One way to fill your fake fireplace is with a chalkboard or styled wood pieces, like a herringbone pattern. Both are a perfect backdrop for any seasonal decorating you might like to add… and very easy to decorate.

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    Source: Hometalk – faux mantel

    Use thin slats of wood from a pallet board. Stack the cut pieces, cutting about six at a time with a chop saw to straighten. Creating a herringbone pattern isn’t too difficult, once you lay your pieces down on a board. Hot glue your wood pieces to plywood, starting from the center of a plywood board, the same size as your fireplace.

    Once completed, trim excess pieces with a jig saw. Slip the completed board into the space.

    Same idea, but different shape, is another look.

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    Source: Pepper Design Blog – faux stacked log fireplace

    This idea from Pepper Design Blog, uses 50 -60 variously sized log slices, plywood cut to the shape of your opening, black matte paint, wood glue (or nail gun) . Simple when you know how.

    Chop your logs into 3″ slices to assemble your my faux stacked wood pile. Glue these to your backing which is measured, cut to size and painted black.

    You can either use a nail gun to secure the slices to the backing and to keep the logs from moving or add a thin coat of wood glue to each piece and allow to dry overnight.

    If you don’t want to cut your own; here is a cheap way to cheat using a variety of different size Sourwood tree logs!

    Sourwood Tree Logs

    Different Shape Log Slices are available. Mix them up or keep them all the same. Its up to you. Next here is a stenciled faux tile fireplace.

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    Create this faux tiled look using a stencil and chalk paint.

    If the problem you are having is above your mantel, not below it, then maybe this idea could help. The cost is about $100 using a sheet of birch plywood (1/4 ” thick) but it adds a great finish to your fireplace. Cut the plywood into 5ft long by 5 ” wide strips. You may need to add crown molding to the top of your room. If you do, add this first. Then start adding your planks.

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    Source: From My Front Porch to Yours – Fireplace Makeover

    Space out each plank using pennies. Attach each plank with a nail gun. Fill in any holes, sand and vacuum. Add trim to the sides to finish off the look. Paint.

    This is a great back drop for any room, and a feature in itself.

    DIY Your Fake Fireplace

    What if you don’t have a fireplace in your room? Make one! I’m talking about creating a fake fireplace to get the decorating benefits with a wood frame like the one below, from Ana White. At less than 6″ deep, it won’t take over your bed room but it will create a great focal point.

    ana white - chalkboard fireplace

    Source: Ana White – faux fireplace

    At a cost of between $20- $50, in a farmhouse style, this is a great DIY starter. It is also designed to be freestanding; that means it can live in the attic or basement if you want a change.

    Ana White has used fake bricks to line the center of her fire place, like the one below, but you can use anything; painted sheeting, chalk board, wood.

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    This is what you need to create this – and in just a few hours too! You can adjust the design if you feel confident.

    1. 1/2 – sheet of faux brick paneling or 1/4″ plywood or mdf paneling
    2. 1 – 4×4 post, 8 feet long OR 2 – 2x4s, 8 feet long
    3. 2 – 2×4, 8 feet or stud length (in addition to the 4×4 posts above)
    4. 1 – 2×6, 8 feet or stud length
    5. 1 – 2×12, 4 feet long
    6. 3″ screws
    7. 1 1/4″ screws
    8. wood filler, paint and sandpaper

    And 7 easy to follow steps

    1. Cut the header into an arch shape.
    2. Screw your inner trim to the arched top.  The joint will also be reinforced from the back and sides.
    3. Add the 4×4 posts to the frame.
    4. Screw the top by screwing the 2×4 to the top with 3″ screws
    5. Add another ‘top’. to create your top shelf again using 3″ screws.
    6. Screw on your back.
    7. Finish by filling holes with wood filler, sanding, and then priming everything but the top. Screw through the 2×12 header into a stud in the wall behind the faux fireplace to keep it from tipping forward.

    The full tutorial can be found here.

    Flueless, gel-alcohol fireplaces?

    Popular Mechanics senior editor Roy Berendsohn says the big advantage of these fire places is that they don’t require a flue, so you can put them nearly anywhere in the house. In some cases, you can also retrofit an existing fireplace so that it will burn gel or liquid alcohol.

    hometalk flueless gel

    The downside is that unvented combustion; be it from a gas kitchen range, a gas-fired ventless fireplace, or even candles, releases pollutants­ and particles into the indoor air.

    If you’re not counting on your fire place to provide heat; you can use the look of a gel-alcohol fireplace to give you the hypnotic flame of a wood fire without the dirt.

    These appliances are pretty simple. They are basically a steel box with a ceramic log set. They burn gelled alcohol in a can. There are also liquid-alcohol fireplaces, many of which have no log set.

    The big advantage of these fireplaces is that they don’t require a flue; so they can fit almost anywhere in the house. In some cases, you can also retrofit an existing fireplace to burn gel or liquid alcohol.

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    Source: xsurfaces.com via Christine on Pinterest

    For those who have indoor fire places covered, you can find outdoor mantel ideas here!

    If you have a DIY fireplace idea.. send it in!

     

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