Diy faux fireplace
So how do you cozy up your master bedroom and make it feel like a private retreat without spending a lot of money?
You build a Diy faux fireplace and mantle.
We used to have a dresser on this wall but we moved it into one of the guest bedrooms. The room is only 13-1/2′ wide so we needed something shallow but with a strong visual interest.
I turned to Ana White for the plans to Diy the faux fireplace. You can find her plans here . I made quite a few modifications to mine so I won’t do a cut list.
I wanted my mantle taller than 44-3/4″ so I added 6″ to the length of all the long boards. I wanted the overall depth to be 11″ so I substituted the 1″ x 3″ boards with 1″ x 8″ boards. I also added a faux hearth at the bottom for a more finished look.
I built this for free from my scrap pile. You read that right, the construction of this mantle cost me $0.00.
I read through Ana’s plans about 15 times and then I searched my scrap pile for the appropriate boards. In the places that I needed the smoothest possible finish, I used MDF. In the other places, I used 1″ x 6″ and 1″ x 8″ pine boards.
Surprisingly this came together quicker than anything I’ve ever built.
I built the front with MDF boards
Then I layered on the other pieces. I secured the edges of the boards with pocket hole joints and glued and finish nailed the surface pieces.
Next I added my 1″ x 8″ ‘s to the back making sure everything was square.
I trimmed the base out with mitered boards.
To make the hearth, I beveled a 1″ x 12″ on my table saw on 3 edges leaving the back at a 90°.
I did the same to the top board only I reversed it so the bevel will be on the bottom and the flat part would be on the surface.
To get it perfect, I attached the crown to the top of the mantle with glue and finish nails while it was placed on top of the fireplace.
Once all my pieces were secure, I removed the top for staining later.
That crown under to top of the mantle really tried my patience.
The molding on the legs was much easier since it was just 45° angles.
I sanded everything smooth and sprayed all but the top of the mantle with two coats of oil-based primer.
I sanded with a 220 grit paper between the coats then I caulked all the joints.
Once I stained the top of the mantle, I attached it to the fireplace.
This is what the back looked like before I added the stained top.
I painted it with 2 coats of Behr Silky White in a satin finish to match all the other trim in my house.
I added a french cleat to the top back so that I could secure it to the wall at the studs.
And I scribed the new baseboards to fit perfectly around the hearth.
I added some low voltage LED lights from Ikea to the inside and made a mercury glass insert to bounce the light around.
It was time to decorate. This is only phase 1 of the mantle decorations so expect some things to change by the next time you see it.
This room is going to be our haven so it will reflect a lot of “us”.
There will be reminders of the good times in our relationship.
So as I change things around on this mantle from time to time…..
the theme will always be focused on “us”.
How awesome is that distressed mirror insert?
I made it from scratch and I will give you the full tutorial later this week.
Having the LED light means that lighting the candles is optional. I don’t have to stress about remembering to blow out the candles in the hurricanes.
I need to find something to put on the left side of the faux fireplace on the floor. I was thinking about one of those ceramic garden stools or perhaps a hamper disguised as something more tasteful.
For the Distressed Glass Insert Tutorial click here.
What are your thoughts?
Do you have any design suggestions? I’m all ears.
For those of you who stuck through this long photo heavy post, I’d like to extend my most sincere appreciation.
Until next time…