I’ve dreamed of having a massive-brick fireplace, with a chunky wood mantel, ever since I was just a little girl.
I mean really- what could be more romantic (or cozy), than a roaring fire on a cold fall/winter night?
Unfortunately, even though our home is old, it didn’t come with my ‘dream’ fireplace. In fact-it didn’t come with one at all!!!
So, we did the next best thing and bought an inexpensive electric fireplace!
I forgot to take a ‘before’ photo for the makeover, and this is the only one I could find!
But you get the picture, right? (Pun intended) Isn’t it just a gem with all that orange laminate?
Alright-Alright-I’ll quit bashing our faux fireplace. After all-it DID serve it’s purpose. This ‘lovely’ piece has been an ‘extra’ heat source on those cold winter nights, plus it gave me a place to hang stockings for Christmas!!
But I hated it! I mean I REALLY, REALLY, hated it! Which is why I was doing the happy dance in early spring-when suddenly that old fireplace wouldn’t turn on anymore!
Sadly, before I could say, ‘new fireplace’, hubby had it working again! (UGH!)
So, whether I liked it or not-I was stuck with it! But that didn’t mean I couldn’t ‘tweak’ it’s appearance just a bit!
Last weekend-I did just that!
What a difference-right? And the best part is-it was SO easy!!!
For those of you who have been following for awhile-you know that I just recently started to use chalky paint when I made over the antique vanity for my office. Of course, I was too conservative cheap to buy the paint, so I made my own by mixing baking soda with latex paint. I really liked how the homemade chalky painted covered my vanity, and I decided I would use it again on the fireplace.
But then I went to Michael’s to pick up some appliques to add a bit of character to the face of the fireplace-and I saw that they had Americana Chalky paint on sale! In addition, I had a 40% off coupon, so I thought-‘what the heck’! I’ll try this stuff that everyone’s been talking about and using for years!
Boy am I glad I did!!! This is what that sad piece of orange colored laminate looked like-after only ONE-very thin coat of paint!!!! Once that coat dried-I lightly sanded the whole thing down, and rolled on another. (Ya-not liking the brush strokes at all folks!). I let that coat dry over night-and after a quick sand the next morning, I gave it one more!
I wanted the arch in the center to stand out a bit-so I used some stain (sun bleached) that I had left over from my dining room table. I applied a light coat over the paint-and let it sit for a minute or too, before wiping off the excess. I ended up doing this two more times, to get the look I wanted.
Then it was time to add the appliques. First I painted them with the chalky paint and let them dry. Later, I applied a thin coat of wood glue and pressed them in place.
For something so easy-they sure do change up the look of the fireplace, don’t they? I just love them! I also love the aged effect that I got by rubbing on a bit of antique medium.
Once that dried, I put two coats of finishing wax on-and then it was time to decorate!!! Nothing fancy-just some branches that fell in our back yard. An old window frame from the farm. A candle with some pine cones-and a faux pumpkin. Simple.
I love my new fireplace so much-that yesterday afternoon I took a break from work and decided to sit and have a cup of hot cocoa in front of it. When I came back from the kitchen with hot water for the cocoa-this is what I found!!!! I’m not sure which Mr. Bentley likes more. The fireplace-my his blanket, or the marshmallows!!! Needless to say-I pulled up a chair and we both enjoyed the fire!
I’ll be sharing with these amazing parties today-so stop on over and be inspired!!!