Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Faux Fireplace

Happy Valentines Day everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
The sun managed to show itself here Saturday and Sunday so that was wonderful! It is supposed to get a bit warmer but then colder. Michigan is always such a tease when it comes to the weather!

Speaking of teases, I left you with a little sneaky peak at what I was working on last week.
Well, we are all finished with and I am happy as a clam about it!
It feels like a whole new room even though I would have loved a real one, budget would not allow.
But,
that is ok because we spent a whopping $30.00 on it!!

I know right!!

Ok, ok, I will stop talking and start showing! :)

So without further ado....my faux fireplace!!


This is how the wall between the windows started out.



We ripped out the the vertical boards of the board and batten.

(Oops!!)

We hung the shelf that used to be above the bed after I painted it white.
(if you want to see what it looked like before click here)

We then started framing in the sides of the faux fireplace.



After the sides were in, I purchased two brackets to hold the "hearth".


Hubby surprised me and added some trim around the sides!
Nice!! :)
I also patched up the huge hole in the drywall as well as the screw and nails holes.

I should note that we screwed in the shelf because it is very heavy!
We then used the nail gun (love me my power tools) for all the other pieces.

I then painted the whole thing white and added two strips of wood to add a pop of color.
I used the Shoreline Mist and the color that I used on my daughters bed, which for the life of me I can't think of.



I then sanded it up a bit and dry brushed it with the gray that I had left over to give it that aged look.




Then I "beached" it up by adding some things that I had around the house including driftwood, shells, fake coral, candles.



It felt so good to open the windows, even though it was only about 38 degrees, and feel the sun come in.
Even Bosco enjoyed his little bit of fresh air!



The photo in the frame is from my visit to Carmel California, which I would love to go back to someday, and the picture in the flower frog is one of my favorites of my hubby, my daughter and myself walking down the beach.



I have changed some things up a bit on the mantel and I will show you that along with the whole bedroom reveal this coming week! :)

I am so happy with the results of this and even happier that it didn't cost much of anything. We just used the things that we had and the only we purchased were a few pieces of wood to frame out the faux fireplace.

Also, don't forget to enter my CSN giveaway!

I am enjoying reading all your favorite things about Spring, it makes me even more excited for the sunny days, flip flops and getting my hands dirty in the garden!
Keep em coming!!





I will linking up to the parties in my "Linky Party" tab!


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93 comments:

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

I love it, what a great focal point, very beachy:)

Amy Kinser said...

This is gorgeous, girl! You and hubby did a fantastic job! For real....really great. You decorated it great also.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Oh Michelle, it's just perfect tucked between the windows. How romantic and charming to have a fireplace in the bedroom. Amazing that you did this for $30. These sell for hundreds of dollars at the antique malls. Way to go! I luuurve that window and all your beachy touches. Looking forward to the room reveal. Don't do it tomorrow, k? I won't be here...lol!

Happy Valentine's Day my friend!
Michelle
xo

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Fantastic job-the beachy decorations look ready for a magazine.

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

What a great addition to the room... I love that you made it using materials you already had. Pretty accessories, too!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

You just never cease to amaze me. It looks like a magazine photo shoot. I can't wait to see that whole room. It looks sooooooo good. Wow oh wow.

High Street Cottage said...

This is gorgeous Michelle!!! I love how it turned out, and I just love the frames you displayed on top. Sooo beachy, and coastal. I think for a Michigan girl, your heart seems to be in California ;) xoxo tami

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

You and your husband are so awesome! I love the finished look :D It's so calm and beachy. You both deserve a big high "5" for a job well done! Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

Restoration House said...

So pretty Michelle! It's so nice having another mantel to decorate. I love the frames you've added and all those beachy accessories make me think of summer! Lovely job. Looking forward to seeing the rest.
Kim:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks beautiful, michelle! i just love your bedroom- it is such a relaxing place to be. well, i imagine it is.

Deborah said...

I feel like Ive just been to the beach!!!
Love, love, love this faux fireplace and the whole room!
Im sure when its dark, and quiet at night-time you will be able to hear the sound of the seas waves washing upon the shore...:)
Beautiful my sweet friend!!

All my love,
Deborah xoxoxoxoxoxxo

classic • casual • home said...

Beautiful. Happy Valentines Day to you!
Mary Ann

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Awe - how nice! How do you think of these things? You have a wonderful eye for seeing a project thru to completion. Proud of you!

Vicki said...

What a great job you two did! It looks fab!

Low Tide High Style said...

Wow Michelle, it turned out really beautifully! I can see why you are so thrilled! Now you have me thinking about doing this somewhere in my own house! Great job! And Happy Valentine's Day!

Kat :)

Tonya said...

Loving this faux fireplace! What a great idea! Love the distressing too!! You are doing a fabulous job!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Well look at you girlie. Way to go, I'm loving that you actually made an amazing faux fireplace, it looks amazing and it only cost you $30. Yeah for you!

Red Gate Farm said...

Love the whole thing... faux fireplace and accessories. I think my favorite is the addition of the 2 boards in different colors. They really make it all "pop". Can't wait to see the whole room.

~Chris

Stormy said...

I love it!
And those frames!...

I haven't been in much of a sewing, torching, or decorating mood this weekend.
Could you send some of that energy my way?

:)

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Fun & I love the old windows on the "mantle" too.

Warmly, Michelle

Amber said...

I love it Michelle!! You are so handy, with all your power tools! I am so impressed, love the pop of blue too!! xoxo Amber

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

You and your hubs did an outstanding job on this fireplace...love all the coastal touches you have displayed.

Blessings,
Linda

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I think this is the best faux fireplace I've ever seen!!! And beach style too -love it!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I just knew this project would be fabulous! You and your hubby make a great team! I love all the special touches.

Carmel is very pretty. We drove on the outskirts of it when we were taking a coastal drive on our Montery trip. I can't wait to visit there again also!

Deborah said...

Happy Valentines Day sweetie!!!
I heart you so much!

Deborah xoxoxoxoxo

KATHY said...

What a fantastic job!! It looks fabulous,

Kathy

Lisa said...

This is SERIOULSY good. There is no way I was going to guess that this is what you had up your sleeve, clever thing you. I've been trying to convince hubby that wainscoting would look great in our dining room. I don't think he's going to be thrilled at me mentioning faux mantles (frantles),

Cheers,
Lisa x

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Very cute; love it!

Sue
xo

The DIY Show Off said...

It's a beautiful addition to your gorgeous room! I love it! I'm new to your blog, nice to "meet" you, Michelle!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Roeshel

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Woweeeeee! I'm SO impressed, Michelle. You make all these diy things look easy-peasy. I love it that you and your husband made it together. Now, that's romance to me!!

Sarahx

A Vintage Vine said...

Great job! The fireplace really adds to your room! I had a feeling it was a fireplace you were working on!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Wow oh wow! This is so amazing Michelle. It just looks so wonderful! You have such a talent of pulling things together. I just love it. I want one! Great job my friend.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your metamorphosis is absolutely fabulous. I so hope that you enjoy every bit of it.

Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

dedeetsyshop said...

Aaaaamazing! I love it Michelle!

Barb said...

I just came across your blog. Lucky me! I'm now your newest follower. I have an old fireplace mantel that I have leaning against my dining room wall. We'll secure it someday, but not until we get hardwood floors down. Your faux fireplace looks great.

Have a great day.
Barb
Www.curlywillowdiy.blogspot.com

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear friend, THIS IS GREAT...listen, I am very behind on my comment posts but I want to thank you for your faithful presence at my blog. You and I have a lot in common; my husband built me a faux fireplace upstairs in my bedroom/loft. I will have to share pics with you. rivani@bethel.edu is my email.

I just love that you are creating beauty daily. This is what LOVE DOES!!!! Happy Valentines Day dear heart!!!! Off now to work again, Anita

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

Michelle, this is awesome!! $30?? You go girl! I have a feeling Coastal Living mag will be hunting you down soon! Yes, you were right on the post about my Dad, LG! Oh boy you are a smart one! Congrats on this great project! hugs, Cathy

White and Rust said...

Awesome Job, it fits perfectly tucked in between the windows!

I'm amazed that it was only $30.

How nice that your husband helps you with projects,

Have a happy Valentines Day,
Heidi

Bella said...

Oh Michelle, how can you make the most basic of pieces look like a million bucks. I adore how it turned out, and the simplicity I think is what always gets me. Your decorating style is so FRESH, and simple, YET absolutely BEAUTIFUL, just like you, my dear.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU TOO!!!!

Love, Bella :)

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a great job! And I love all of the frames on the mantle.

Splenderosa said...

You are one adorable, precious woman. Hopped over to see you from Art By Karena, where we've been having a giveaway of a piece of my jewelry.
Happy Valentine's Day to you & your family. I wish everyone could be as lovely as you, Michelle. xx's

Passionate for White said...

Why am I not surprised at how great this is!?! OMG...you guys are talented!

At The Picket Fence said...

Gorgeous! I mean, absolutely GORGEOUS Michelle! You are on a roll my friend and every time you show us something new I am just more and more impressed with your insanely talented decorating skills! :-)
Vanessa

Atticmag said...

It was such a perfect space for a f.f. and your vision made it happen. Great style, too, especially where it's cold. Warms things up just fine. Hope you'll stop by and see our bedroom ideas. Jane

Pamela said...

Michelle that looks sooo pretty!! Y'all did a wonderful job as usual!

Kelle Dame said...

You did it again! It's beautiful! Your room looks so calm and serene. Love those frames and the driftwood. I wonder what's next!!
Happy Valentines Day!
Kelle
xx

Brenda Kula said...

I love it, Michelle! What an inspired idea you had! Your bedroom has wonderful light in it too, I noticed. I always notice this because I have NO windows in mine!
Brenda

Finding Home said...

As always my friend, you blow me away! This is so stunning and I can't wait to see the rest of the room! You have been on fire girl! Keep up the good work! Have a great one, Laura

Pam said...

Wow, the fireplace looks gorgeous. Love the beachy feel to it. I like the curtains in the first photo too.

Love of the Sea said...

Michelle - this came out great! I love it. And it is so different. Love how you beached it up! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

Jenni said...

Hi Michelle! Your faux fireplace is so beautiful! I love how you used such wide pieces of wood for the sides and under the shelf that became your mantel, which was very clever, by the way! :) Oh, and how you decorated it is SO gorgeous! I can't wait to see the whole room when you're finished with it, too! :)

Happy Valentine's Day to you, and I hope you have a good night! :)

Blessings,
Jenni

koralee said...

Everything is soooo lovely over here everytime I visit...hope your heart's day was filled with love.xoxo

Seagrass Interiors said...

What a fun idea! Happy Valentine's Day!
-Melissa

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Your faux fireplace is a great idea! I'm sure you'll love decorating it. I have one in my room too between two windows. It's an old surround that I picked up at a market. I love it in the bedroom!

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

I just found your adorable blog and I swear I can almost hear the waves crashing! I just love it! I'm now following : )

Deb said...

Michelle! I just love love love your faux fireplace! I would totally copy yours and make one for our bedroom if we had room! I like your beachy touch too...awesome job! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day! ~Deb~

Rachel Noelle said...

WOW!!!;) It looks amazing Michelle~I am so inspired by your faux fireplace~It really is beautiful~ Hope you had a wonderful Valentines day my friend and thanks so much for always leaving me such sweet comments on my blog!! Hugs,Rachel

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Rene said...

Michelle, it looks great and it is so your style. I love the way you have it styled up :) So glad you had a sunny day to enjoy.

-Rene

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

OH my goodness, Michelle! It's AMAZING! I love it. And I love how you have it decorated! And only $30? Who needs a real one!

Val said...

You always amaze me, always!

Jamie said...

How beautiful. I would have never thought of doing that. I might try it out in our bedroom. Following you from These Creative Juices Blog link party. Please stop by my blog when you can. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Comeca Jones said...

I looove it! I get so excited when you have new projects to share gets me motivated!

shari @ little blue deer said...

30 dollars?!?! Unbelievable! You did a fantastic job!

Anne said...

That's a great idea Michelle! and executed with your usual beachy flair! Are you going to embellish the center piece in any way? Maybe a worn old mirror, reflecting a group of candles, would make it even more like a real fireplace...?

ohiofarmgirl said...

What a great idea...but please take a picture back farther so we can see it with the windows like in the first picture!!!! Dianntha

Sure Fit Inc. said...

It looks amazing!! Your new beach oasis. We can all use a bedroom beach theme after this long winter!
Sure Fit Slipcovers

Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} said...

I saw this over at BBA. Bravo! Truly beautiful.

www.luxeboulevard.blogspot.com

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

This is a great idea!

ShantyGirl/SherryHicks Designs said...

This is amazing that you completed this project diy and for 30.00, it is a wonderful idea!! I noticed you have a csn giveaway going on so do I we have several things in comon! Thanks for visiting! Hope to see you again.!
Sherry

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh my Michelle, it's fabulous!!! I'm in LOVE!!!
It is so pretty and you guys did an increadible job!!
I also love Carmel so much! Before the kids we used to drive up there almost every year, one of my favorite places. Next time you go you have to drive 5 more hours south or I'll meet you in the middle :)
XO

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! It looks fabulous, Michelle! I love the shabby finish! And I have to say I loved the kitty in the window! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Tanya said...

Love the Mantle!!! Our Easton is a stinker too. Must be the name, haha :)

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It turned out so wonderful!!! You are a California girl at heart, I just know it :-) I forgot to mention what I look forward to in Spring on the giveaway post. It's planting my garden...I can hardly wait :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

very cute Michelle! and great price!! :)

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

wow! so beautiful and only $30!!! LOVE IT.
it's 50 degrees here (chicago) and i have the windows open...it's a heat wave ;)
wish it would stay this way...
hope you're having a great week so far!

Betsy said...

Oooh, love this project. It's amazing what a good imagination can produce.

Cat & Cricket said...

I have been out of the loop girl.. but wanted to let you know.. I love what you are doing!
AHHH..simply fab!
Smiles~
C

SUMMERSTEAD said...

I love this! Something else to add to my To-Do list!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Wow this looks awesome! I'd love to see you at my linky party tomorrow :)

Shellbelle said...

Perfect in every way! This is undoubtedly the best project I have ever seen in Blogland.

When I moved out of my house last year, I took my fireplace screen and packed it away. It is wrought iron and holds about twelve little votive candles. Living in Florida, we used the candles more than we did the fireplace. Your project will be perfect for my screen once I get settled again. Thanks for such a great idea!

AND you know I just adore all the beachy touches. Like I said, perfect!

Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

Loving the mood you have created here, so relaxing!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

thanks for linking up your super cute and creative project Michelle! Have a great weekend!!

Style Sisters said...

Wow what a transformation!! I love how it all turned out...so beautiful.

Jenny said...

What an awesome idea! It's absolutely gorgeous!

At The Picket Fence said...

So Vanessa is on a little vacation Michelle. You're stuck with me commenting right now but I know she will be over when she gets back to ooh and aawh because this is incredible! You did a fabulous job!

As always...Thank you for linking up to Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence! (But you already know how much we love you showing up for Inspiration Friday!!)


Heather @At The Picket Fence

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful focal point for your room! You did a fabulous job!! I love fireplaces, faux or otherwise. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings,
Sandi

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a fantastic piece Michelle! It looks amazing and so beachy!! I love the shabby looking finish and the accent of the turquoise. Your room is looking quite gorgeous already- can't wait to see everything all finished! Thanks for sharing this at my party Michelle! :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Hi Michelle ~ I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this on "Amaze Me Monday" starting tonight! Thanks for sharing with us.

Liz Bradley said...

Hello!
I just wanted to let you know that I am now a follower. I found you because we were both featured on completely costal in the same post.
Come check out my blog if you get a chance.
Liz
http://mylovelylittlelulu.blogspot.com/

Aubrie said...

LOVE. I just love it. LOVE the beachy feel. LOVE.
I'm a new follower :o)
aubrie @ http://amamab.blogspot.com

chateaudelille said...

I adore fireplaces so I think this one is awesome! Fiona

♥ Miss Tea said...

I love what you did!! love the faux fireplace you made and it only costs $30!!! you and your husband are so crafty to be doing something like that! I love the picture and decorations, Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

I just wanted to let you know I adore your faux fireplace mantle. I've even used it as inspiration for a future project! I featured you in a post about faux fireplaces! I hope you can drop by and check it out.

~Sarah from Ugly House Lovely Home
http://uglyhouselovelyhome.blogspot.com

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