Happy Tuesday, my friends! I hope you had a lovely Father’s Day weekend! We certainly did! I’ve been meaning to share this with you for a while, so here it is! How to create a focal point using a faux fireplace! Come see!
I LOVE a pretty fireplace, don’t you? But what if your house doesn’t have a fireplace? You make one! This is exactly what my sister, Wendy, did in her house, and the result is stunning!! So, the story goes, my sister’s daughter-in-law had this mantle in her garage for a long time and it was deteriorating rapidly. She generously gave it to my sister, who had long admired the piece. The mantle was in desperate need of repair, so Wendy took it to a local general contractor. He was able to reattach the columns and repair the dental moulding. While he was at it, he applied a wooden onlay Wendy found at Lowe’s, to give the front of the mantle a bit more architectural detail. Then, the contractor painted the entire piece a bright white. He installed the mantle to the wall using wall anchors and screws for safety and stability. The result? Instant focal point and architectural interest! It’s beautiful, don’t you agree?
The original mirror on the top of the mantle was missing, which was fine, because Wendy wanted their tv to occupy this spot anyway. She painted the wall behind the piece white and placed the tv screen in the space. In the opening of the fireplace, Wendy painted the wall black and added a set of electric fire logs to add ambiance and authenticity. She hung a gold plaque with a lion’s face over the top, which she found years ago at Frontgate.
A white fireplace screen completes the look. This fireplace turned out beautifully! It totally makes this room!
Wendy found this pair of vintage crystal Italian sconces on eBay to flank each side of the fireplace. Aren’t they gorgeous? In place of real wax candles she used battery operated candles, which are much safer, plus they last forever!
So, you see you CAN have a fireplace even if it’s not the real McCoy. This lovely mantle serves double duty. It’s definitely the statement piece in the room, AND it gracefully houses the flat screen tv. Because there is a long storage closet behind this wall, they were able to hide all of the cords and cable boxes, etc. behind the wall for a crisp, clean look. No ugly wires! Great idea!
I love it when people think outside the box and are able to add charm and architectural interest to their homes! Kudos to my sister for having this vision and seeing it to fruition! I love it so much! All photo credit goes to my sweet sister, who took these pictures, and allowed me to share them with you. Thank you, Wendy! Air hugs and kisses! Love you!
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