Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Making a faux fireplace

Thinking about the cosy and wonderful feeling that warms my heart when I look at a fireplace, I can't avoid feeling envious of those who have fireplaces in their homes. Especially on these cold days, having a fireplace is really advantageous. Christmas is the perfect time to show off the fireplace, and create a sumptuous back ground for entertaining friends and family. I don't have a fireplace so I put my motto in practice--"If I can't have it, I will make it" so I decided to make my own cosy fireplace.

I covered the entire piece with all-purpose joint compound to make it look like stone with a putty spatula.

To make the designs on the mantel, I used my cake decoration kit.

For the inside brick wall, I covered the back piece with a thin coat of all-porpose compound. Then, I made lines with a flat screwdriver to design the brick, and let it dry completely.

I painted the brick in acrylic burnt sienna paint. Then I  painted the lines in grey.
I mixed burnt umber, black and blendeing medium paint. Then I applied it with a wet sponge, and removed the excess with a wet sponge.

I din't want sharp corners.

Now I can enjoy the feeling of having a fireplace and decorate it for each season. I'm really happy with the result. I love it.

Some inspiration source that I found at Colonial homes magazine.
~ Have a wonderful day and come back soon~


Nancy said...

What a incredible Talent you have!! Your Fireplace is just Gorgeous!!

Elizabeth said...

My mouth is hanging open. Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

OH MY GOODNESS...That is gorgeous, I totally love the shape of it and the decorative work you did with the icing bag takes the whole piece to the next level of perfection...I keep telling hubby we need a faux fireplace for Christmas...Now I want YOURS lol.

Congrates on creating such an awesome piece for your home.

Blessings Kelsie

Unknown said...

Wow that is incredible truely a work of art your such a talented lady, it looks amazing and works so lovely in your room. Well done. Dee ;-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and very interesting idea!!!
Big kisses.

Farah said...

Hello Elizabeth,
So nice work you have done, really inspiring, you put a lot of efforts and it looks so real... very great job... and your mental decor is also very nice...
Can you please spare a little bit of your time for my new post, its something different I hope you enjoyed

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Very talented! Love the fireplace. I have the same attitude, if I want it, I make it myself.

Rhianna said...

Wow, I'm impressed and inspired.

Janet said...

Your fireplace is absolutely amazing! I just LOVE how it looks all decorated for Christmas!

happyone said...

Hi, I'm over here from Kim's blog. Wow I am amazed at the things you have made. I love the brick on the inside of the fire place. I might try to do that for the back splash in my kitchen.

Jacque said...

That is a work of art! Can you explain how you rounded off the square corners? Did you attach corbels or was that all freehand? It is simply gorgeous!

Thanks for sharing.

lvroftiques said...

Wow! You are sooooo creative! I love your fireplace! I thought it was real. Loving your blog too! Vanna

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Akua Lezli Hope said...

BRILLIANT!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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