Friday, December 4, 2009
Faux fireplace to warm your holiday.
What do you get when you challenge a bored teenager to cross an antique mirror frame, an old door, a couple closet doors, odds and ends boards and some miscellaneous trim? Answer: FAUX FIREPLACE !!!
With all the posts in blogland of wonderful Christmas decorations and ideas, I worried this post would be a bit out of place. But just imagine the cozy addition of a glowing fire at Christmas....er, uhm....maybe not with THIS fireplace, but we can pretend right?! Even a faux fireplace can add a certain sweetness to a room, fulfilling a warm and cozy touch that's perfect for the Christmas season.
In the blurry scurry of JunkFest preparation, I knew I wanted to re-invent this antique mirror frame into the front focal piece of a faux fireplace. Time was not on my side...so when Middle Child (will work for food) proclaimed his boredom one fine day, I put this challenge in his lap. "Take this frame, take those boards, find some scrap wood, measure twice and cut once....a fireplace...MAKE IT SO." Off he went to the barn, tape measure in hand.
Of course, old Mom checked in on him quite often, adding suggestions and advise when needed and not. I was impressed at his handywork, might have to hire him next year!
I did finish up the fireplace after he got busy. Added some trim, a "door" mantel, and some fresh coats of paint and poly. One of the repurposed trim boards had "September 7, 1905" written on the back in pencil with a name I couldn't make out. How sweet is that!!!
This is a picture of the fireplace on display at JunkFest 2009. Soon after the doors opened it found a new home to go to. I hope the new owners are enjoying the warmth even a faux fireplace can offer for this holiday season!
**This post has been added to Mustard Seed Creations, Funky Junk Interiors, Kimba's DIY over at A Soft Place to Land....go check out all the great projects!!