Jan 16, 2011

Faux Fireplace...

So here it is,
the long story of my faux fireplace....

Even though my house is almost a hundred and ten years old,
there is not a single fireplace in it...

(click photos to enlarge)

So I have been searching for a mantle.
Since I didn't have a firebox,
I wanted one deep enough
to set up a variety of faux fires...

In the coldest part of winter
I will probably put in one of those electric heaters
that looks like a wood stove...


You know how when you add one element to the room
you want to change everything else?


I told you last week
I am easily seduced by the name on a paint chip...

the name French Castle had me sold
almost as fast as the soft Dusty Lavender color...

Do you remember the old color in the parlor?
It was a deep pumpkin color
here is a link if you want to see the before color...

Once the walls were painted,
I couldn't stop there...

Those of you who think it's a sin to paint old woodwork
should close your eyes and skip ahead :-)


Bright creamy paint,
So much cheerier!!

You can see I didn't get the ceiling painted.
I am thinking about wrapping the wall color up a bit,
and painting a a trompe l'oeil sky
in the center of the ceiling...


The mantle was new unfinished wood,
I wanted an aged look
so I did lots of layering of paint and distressing...


Since I don't have a mirror for over the mantle.
I used this old window
that came from an old shed we tore down
when we moved in...


A window should have a window box
and all the better if it is filled with Hyacinths...


This cast iron fireplace grate was picked up at a garage sale
for a whopping eight dollars...

(oh, how I miss garage sales in the winter!)



Wanna know how spoiled I am?
I have a pet peeve about electrical cords....

So,  my too sweet husband
crawled around under the house all day
and put a plug in the bottom of the fireplace
so I could plug in my lights :-))

Sweet huh?


A faux fireplace may not be warm,
but it sure is cozy!

Tonight I am joining...
Funy Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
and

Thanks for visiting me today!


50 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh...So...Cozy! I just love your parlor! The faux fireplace is simply divine! The lights in the grate are perfect and what a dear husband you have for putting in the outlet! I have a victorian settee in my formal living room similar to yours and have been on the hunt for the right coffee table for literally years! After seeing how your sweet white table compliments your formal settee and gives it all a cozy cottage feel, I now know exactly what I am looking for! Thank you for the inspiration!
Best Wishes,
Amanda
onegirlinpink.blogspot.com

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh my heavens! I love what you have done! It looks so warm and cozy and real! I want another fireplace and you just lead me down the right road! Thank you for such a sweet idea.

Hugs,
Maryjane

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

Bella its gorgeous you must have worked so hard on this you are very clever. I love a fireplace it really brings character to a room. I am so suprised that a house of that age didnt already have one. It looks fabulous well done. It really looks cosy xx

Farah Muzaffar said...

Bella its something very smartly done, creativity.... great job done.It looks cozy and warm and a soft glow makes the room beautiful
Your T-cup looks so cute too ...
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love
Farah

Leslie said...

Just beautiful Bella... love the lights in the fireplace. You definitely have a great sense of decorating. Your pictures make it so inviting too. I'd love to sit in that room sipping tea.. :)

Have a wonderful week!

Sandy said...

Stopping by from "Make it for Monday" and I'm so impressed with your fireplace.. I just bought and Amish heat surge insert and am searching for a mantel or I'll just make it myself.. yours is especially beautiful!
The insert is seen on TV and in media adds and it's exactly as they say.. nice and warm and uses the electric of a coffee pot! Looks so much like fire, or as close as you can get..
Thanks for the inspiration
Sandy

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Very cute idea, Bella. It sure does cozy up the room!

LizlovesVintage said...

I love what you did. I wish I had a Fire place, no room here. Enjoy!!
xx Liz

rosarod said...

Hello dear Bella, The truth is that creativity has no limits! the fireplace has given character to your home. Beautiful detail, you make your living room now looks much more romantic and cozy! When painting the door frames, I think you've added more freshness and beauty to your home. I noticed that the dark wood Victorian furniture makes a wonderful contrast with white or cream, but usually dark house call to keep your details and your look dark, romantic light colors will favorably with details that shed light, Bella Greetings, Rose Marie

NanaDiana said...

Bella! Wow! Is that beautiful. And, you are right, the change of color in that room is great...I did like the other color too though...but this is just so fresh and clean looking. You did such a good job that no one would ever know that it wasn't part of the house to begin with. It's hard to believe there wasn't one in there, isn't it? They must have had some kind of furnace that was a central heat source like the house I grew up in. It had one big grate in the living room that fed the whole first floor from a furnace in the basement. And, before that there was a pot bellied stove there and one in the kitchen too that served as a cook stove AND a heat source.

I love the color you picked...and I don't mind that you painted the woodwork at all...I'll bet you will be painting more rooms' woodwork now. We did that in one of our old houses because the wood was uglier than sin..and even stripping it made it worse..so..paint it was..and I loved it...and I love yours too!

Have a wonderful week. If you get a chance pop over and see my "brides"..and turn your sound on...lol Hugs- Diana

Pattie said...

Beautiful! I always wanted a fireplace, as our house is over a hundred also,and not one in it.
Yours looks so cozy and what a sweet guy to put in a plug for you! Thanks for sharing. 8>)

tammy n said...

Well, Bella...I think the "fireplace" is the coziest thing I've seen today.

And yes, I truly miss yard sales in the winter...sigh!!

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

Ok! Look at what you've created...wowwwwwwwwwww!!!
Fra & JJ.

Gypsy Brocante said...

Simply Scrumptious!
Adore the twinkle lights!

xo
Jill

Mari said...

HELLO BELLA~JUST DIVINE :)

XO~MARI

Shelia said...

Hi Bella! Oh, this is just beautiful! I love the glow the light from your logs give off. Your mantle looks lovely and what a cozy pretty spot!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jacqueline, Cabin and Cottage said...

It all looks terrific! But my favorite is the old grate with the lights! Hope you're good! xx

lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com said...

I love your faux fireplace! I too live in a 120 year old home without a fireplace...and I miss it! I think I will have to make one. Thansk for the inspiration!

Kim said...

Hi Bella,
I have been waiting patiently ever since you gave us a glimpse of your fireplace to see the finished product. It is beautiful. What a wonderful addition to your room. I love your paint colour as well. Thank you for sharing.

Kim
Letters from the Shore

stefanie said...

so pretty and romantic...you would think that there would be a fireplace in a home that old?
we ended up getting one at Lowes that has a heater in it and fake flames.

Katty's cosy cove said...

Hi Bella
Your fireplace is beautiful! I made my own faux fireplace, please visit me at:http://kattyscosycove.blogspot.com/2010/11/making-faux-fireplace.html

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Bella, Love your parlor! The fireplace is really unique. I don't think it's a sin to paint wood, especially when white is involved. I have a big oak halltree that I look at everyday and think it would be better in white and distressed. I have all whites and creams in the room. It will eventually see a paint brush to it.

Kathy said...

This is so clever and cozy, and what a find that fireplace grate was! I love your hyacinths as well.

Lavender Cottage said...

Oh Bella! Your faux fireplace is just wonderful. You worked hard for the effect you wanted and it paid off - nice work. I have to admit, I like the window trim painted white better than the dark stain and the lavender wall colour - the best!
Have I mentioned to you before about the gel candles that are all the rage here? You buy a can filled with gel - light it and have fire-like effect for hours. Interior decorators are using them indoors for faux fire (3 or 4 cans in a row) and sometimes outdoors on a patio - it looks amazing.
Thanks for sharing this great project of yours and your hubby is a sweetie for crawling under an old house.
Judith

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

It's just perfect! Love it!

AshTreeCottage said...

It all looks so pretty and yes ~ your husband does spoil you. But then, that's what he is supposed to do!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Roselle said...

It's such a gorgeous finishing touch to that room. I love your little white coffee table and the sides that go up on it. I LOVE the paint. I am wishing/wanting to paint my "country oak" dining room furniture white. I love your transformation!
Roselle

A Garden of Threads said...

The fireplace looks fantastic, love the window and window box. Hubby was great putting the electrical box in for you. I am in the camp for painting the trim white, so fresh. Beautiful room Bella.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Bella ~ your fireplace really makes your living room look so cozy! Love all the repurposing you did and the lights in the firebox. Better hang on to that hubby of yours. He's a keeper! :)

xoxo laurie

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Bella... your are sooo creative! I love, love love your little faux fireplace!... how beautiful!... and I am also in love with your gorgeous Hyacinth in your violet teacup!... xoxo Julie Marie

High Heeled Life said...

Bella.. I'm catching up on reading posts... I so wish we had lovelies peaking through. Though they would have to brace the 3 feet or so of snow we have ...:( ..but your garen walk has set my mind a drift to the rose garden I plan to plant this spring/summer.

Luv what you created with the fireplace... it looks perfect to curl up with a blanket, cup of tea and great book!!!

As always your creativity inspires me..xo HHL

Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
I love the whole room-it looks beautiful! We painted all our dark wood too and I love how it brightens up a room.
The mantel and grate add a lot of charm and it was so sweet of your husband to wire it for you.

Carolyn

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bella,
Your fireplace is amazing! I love old mantels and your olden window looks wonderful propped up there above it! Love the wood painted white too! We bought our house new but it had oak trim and it took me a year to paint it all creamy white; looks sooo much better! Your room looks charming; good job!

Blessings,
Sandi

Once We Were Faeries ~Judy said...

Bella, I love your faux fireplace! I have one in our bedroom upstairs. I will have to do a little better job of decorating mine after seeing yours!
Judy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Bella~ This fireplace is absolutely dreamy and beautiful and perfect fro your room! How sweet of the hubby too for getting it set up like you would like. I have to say- I love the painted woodwork! We have a houseful of knotty pine- literally every room. First thing we wanted to do was paint, paint, paint and lighten up the house. :)

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a darling fireplace! I love the fireplace grate....it looks wonderful all lit up. How lucky are you to have a hubby that will hide the electrical cord for you!

Suzan said...

What a wonderful idea! I also live in a house that is over 100 years old without a fireplace. I love your idea..now if I could just find an old mantle that doesn't cost the world!

Terry said...

I have never seen a fireplace grate like this one. I need one too. Wonder if I could find one on ebay, but then shipping would be a ton of $$. Thanks for sharing, it looks great!

tales from an oc cottage said...

I ADORE this!!!!!!!! {and am INSANELY jealous too! ;}


m ^..^

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Just too sweet - both the fireplace AND your husband! It just 'fits' in that room! So creative . . . I love it!

Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.

http://MuralMaker1.blogspot.com

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is such a cool idea! I adore the illuminated logs. Beautiful outcome!

Donna

Cindy said...

Very, very nice! And i love that you painted your woodwork, I would paint mine, but my hubby still says "NO". Your hubby is very sweet to put in a new electrical outlet for you. See, my hubby would do that too, but not paint the woodwork!:-) Oh well, what's a gal to do?
I do love they way you made the fire in it. I have one of the electric heat fires and it is wonderful and cozy.
Hugs, cindy

House and Garden Boutique said...

How clever are you!!! Love the idea and the whole look of the fireplace. What a great alternative to the expensive portable fireplaces. Thanks sharing the idea! Enjoy the cozy evenings!

Cindy said...

Your home is so so beautiful... i love the cast iron thingy with the lights in the faux fireplace, what an amazing find. The wall color is heavenly! It has me looking around my house for a room i can paint the same. And... omg, the white trim makes a huge difference... wow! The old salvaged window over the fireplace is wonderful too!

Cindy

LifeWithLinda said...

Fantabulous Fireplace!! love it! i have a set of battery powered LED branch lights I picked up at Big W (in Australia) for $20 that would work nicely! thanks for the great ideas!

Lady of the Woods said...

Bella that is just too gorgeous. I have an idea for you....try adding a bulb outlet to the lights, and put in one of the flickering amber colored chandelier bulbs. I have one in my fairy light and for 5 years or more now its been going and flickering like a firelight! :D blessings, Lady

Kimberly said...

Thanks for the great idea! Found your blog when I was researching faux fireplaces - I want to put one in my bedroom - gotta find that old mantlpiece first though. Again, thanks for the idea and I grateful to have found your blog too:):) Take care!

Anny said...

bravo bella! j'adooooore ce faux feu! c'est magnifique! Je crois que je ne vais pas résister à l'envie de te voler l'idée...

trad : I absolutely adore your faux fireplace! it's marvellous! I will not resist, I have to do it! I have a real fireplace but it's not working. So that's a great idea!!
love
Anny your french fan

Kristin said...

Love the fireplace! I too am installing a fake mantle in my bedroom and would love to add a stove or logs like you have done. My hubby will not add on to the back of the mantle to allow room to insert something. What did you use on the floor to sit the logs on? Did you make it and if so, could you please share instructions. THANKS!

Kristin said...

Love the fireplace! I too am installing a fake mantle in my bedroom and would love to add a stove or logs like you have done. My hubby will not add on to the back of the mantle to allow room to insert something. What did you use on the floor to sit the logs on? Did you make it and if so, could you please share instructions. THANKS!