Oh happy day! It’s finished!
I literally cannot wait to hang stockings on it for Christmas! Emerson will also be thrilled to have a place where Santa can easily enter our house on Christmas Eve. Yay!
I’ve already got ideas swirling around in my head about how to decorate it for Christmas. Yipee!
Before I get too excited about Christmas (in the middle of September), let me go back and show you the before pics and the process of how I was inspired to use this salvaged piece!
Side note. If you don’t know already, I absolutely love to salvage pieces and challenge myself to keep costs super low! This project was the best of both worlds. The final look (including a throw blanket), cost less than $50!
Confession. This salvaged fireplace surround had me stumped all summer though. Some things take time!
A sweet friend gave it to me as she was cleaning out her barn for their big move..and I was thrilled! I had no idea what to do with it, so just hoarded it, waiting for inspiration to strike.
Here is what it looked like before the transformation. Dark and plain. Heavy duty.
I remembered seeing a picture of a faux fireplace from Magnolia Market that I loved. Check it out below. I love how it looks so light and bright…and old! The chippy paint is amazing! I knew I wanted to transform my plain mantle into something like this!!
I had also recently spied a faux mantle in Erin’s house from Cotton Stem (the pic above). She is a new favorite that I found on Instagram. Go follow her now! She is so real and has a beautiful personality…and the best design eye!
Here it is after adding plywood and reclaimed wood to frame a spot for the logs.
I decided to create more character by adding two corbels to the corners and by adding a three foot long decorative molding to the flat front. The fireplace also got real wood slices and moss to give the illusion of logs sitting inside of it. I love the rustic feel that the logs give the room!
My friend Erin made me the corbels (same friend who gave me the fireplace). She is pretty amazing! We need to get her to start a blog!
Anyway, the details like the moss and added moldings really make a difference!
I painted it the same color as all the trim/beadboard/shiplap in our house for a couple reasons. ONE-because we had the leftover paint (so it was free) and TWO-because I love a distressed white! In case you need to know, I used Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster.
Sandpaper and a tiny bit of Jacobean stain helped complete the distressing!
The wildly arranged eucalyptus is definitely my cup-o-tea too!
I love using eucalyptus and adore the haphazard look of how it lays on the mantle. It’s kind of like my hair…haphazardly styled. Undone but “done”. Ha!
I am still trying to decide if I like the chair placed in front of the fireplace -OR- if I like the basket full of blankets better. Only time will tell!
Thanks for stopping by to check out the finished faux fireplace project! Let me know what you think about the faux fireplace trend/concept down below in the comments! I love chatting with people here when I can. I would also love to know what you would choose to place in front of the fireplace…a chair and new lamp….basket of blankets and a houseplant…..or something else??