Here is my top secret project revealed!
(along with two lovely matching red chairs from this weekend’s junking adventure!)
About three weeks ago, I fell in love with some pictures of fireplaces and mantel decor on pinterest. SO – I started looking for creative ways to build my own faux fireplace! The challenge was, as a renter in military quarters, my fireplace could not be a permanent fixture… and yet, I wanted it to look (at first glance) like it was – hence the off-white paint.
I started with an old coffee table and a dresser, both of which I found via a curbside shopping adventure.
First I took the legs off the coffee table to create the base – Jacob loved helping with this part!
Next I removed all the hardware from the inside of the dresser, and took apart all the drawers.
And then I thought…. hmmm that looks a little too tall…
(Please ignore the spooky Halloween decorations!)
So I cut 12 inches off the bottom – which is NOT an easy task when you have a cheapo hand saw!
Next I spray painted the inside of the dresser with flat black paint and the outside with white.
The dresser itself didn’t look half bad, but once I attached the drawer faces?
I went and bought some off-white paint and a brush…
So after letting everything dry over night with the windows open… TA-DAH!!!!
For inside the fireplace, I’m using glass jars that I’ve attached to candlestick holders with hot glue.
I’ve also poured some table salt into the jars to help keep the tea lights level.
I do have two VERY important bits of advice about this project.
1. Fire is dangerous. Do NOT leave candles unattended. ESPECIALLY if you have small children.
2. Be sure to have some sort of lid for whenever you blow the candles out to contain the smoke.
Because the small amount of smoke they produce could set off your fire alarm.
Not that this happened to me.
On a weeknight.
Do you have a fireplace in your home?
Where do you hang your stockings on Christmas Eve?