Sunday, December 12, 2010

No Fireplace? No Problem!

Matt and I are living in a little townhouse, and we wanted a fireplace in the living room with the Christmas tree. Therefore, may I present to you, our DIY Fireplace!
 First, you should see what our living room looked like before. Definitely no fireplace:
And below, our Christmas room!
The "fireplace" is simply a painted canvas with a thin board nailed to the top. We placed a small bracket beneath the board for some stability.
We threw on some lit candles and light decorations, and voila! Add a space heater next to the couch, and you almost can't even tell the difference!
(After thanking Matthew for his help, he sweetly replied, "Baby, I hope to help you with this kind of crap for the next 80 years!")

Does anyone else have some fun fireplace solutions?

Shannon

13 comments:

  1. This is genius. I have been racking my brain for ways to "fake" a fireplace. My husband said he would do this for me. Only things we can't figure out... How is staying against the wall? and What is the board on top made of? Thanks!!

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  2. It's a thicker piece of foam, almost like cardboard, left over from a framing project--any thin board will do (it is very light, so I have light objects on it balanced in the center).

    We nailed the board to the canvas with just three nails, which will keep it up all by itself. For a bit of stability, we have a small L-shaped bracket between the board and the wall.

    I'm so glad you liked it!

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  3. great idea. i think i like it better. unless you need something to keep you warm, but here in southern california we don't have that problem :)

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  4. Such a lovely idea. When I was little I wanted a fireplace, so I drew one with crayolas and tacked in on the wall above my bed. This totally reminded me of that forgotten Christmas memory.

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  5. Ha!!! It's so cute!!!! I love it! So genious :)

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  6. This is a fantastic idea! Love it.

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  7. what an adorable idea!! maybe i'll have to do this for next year!! :D

    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

    Ashleigh

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  8. Eeeeek! The fire place is so magical! The closest I've gotten to making one was out of paper in my classroom. I just love yours and how cozy it is!
    xo Shannon

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  9. I can't wait to make one! Thank you for linking up for A Pinteresting Party. :)

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