Faux Fireplace Ideas
It’s getting darker earlier and also a little cooler outside which means it’s the perfect time for a DIY project. If you can’t have a real fireplace, a faux fireplace can add a lot of character to your home. You can also decorate it easily for the upcoming holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Mardi Gras. This is a fairly easy project which won’t cost you much.
How It’s done
Get a fireplace mantel front, there are plenty out there. A reclaimed mantel from an architectural salvage warehouse is probably the best way to go. Strip off the old paint. Use a mask just in case the old paint contains lead. Repaint the mantel so it matches the decor of your home. You will also need to build a base frame to which you will attach the mantel. The base frame can be made out of 2 X 4’s, but it must be strong enough to hold the weight of your mantel. Once you attached the mantel and base frame to your wall, it is time to decorate. For Halloween, you could put some candles, a fake spider web or a mirror inside your faux fireplace. When Thanksgiving comes around, you could stack some wood or put a pumpkin in the space. For Christmas, an LED screen displaying a burning yule could become the focal point of your home.