As I begin to make changes to the family room, I’ll be updating the flooring, wallpaper, ceiling and the fireplace. Furniture has been ordered as well as the flooring and I’ve just about decided upon wallpaper. While I wait on those things to come in, I decided to update the fireplace today. Steps were photographed but please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below should you have questions or just a comment. Please LIKE my page if you enjoyed the post.
Here’s the old fireplace beside the updated one . . .
I began by pulling the back chipboard piece off the fireplace, leaving the original store-bought lower section. This lower section was an inexpensive unfinished wood piece.
Fancy wood toothpicks were cut down to fit the left and right sides.
A wood square strip piece was added to the top of the toothpicks, two small pieces of chipboard were added to the bottom on both sides and a decorative piece above the fireplace opening. The decorative piece is a resin embellishment from Shabby Chic Treasures.
I then added a larger back piece of chipboard from the bottom of the fireplace to the ceiling of the living room, in the same spot the old fireplace was. A second smaller piece of chipboard was added to the top 1/2″ section of the back piece that was then decorated with some Artisan Elements pieces. These are like embossed thick paper accents with sticky on the back of them. I also added a couple strips down the left and right sides of the lower sections.
Two dowel rods were added to the left and right sides of the upper portion. Two square strips were added to the mantel on the left and right sides, just in from the edges so they aligned between the dowel rod pieces. Two beads were then added just beside the square strips on the mantel. Another piece of chipboard was then added to the very bottom front of the fireplace.
The entire piece was then painted with three coats of white acrylic paint.
Paint was used to add a marble look to the mantel and hearth. I’ve accented the entire piece with gold paint: Folk Art Pure Gold Metallic.
The fireplace grate with logs was created with a section of bracelet cut and bent then painted gold. Two jewelry findings were painted gold and added to the lower left and right sides.
Lastly, using another of the Shabby Chic resin pieces, I created a frame artwork piece for over the mantel.
So there you have it, my lovely updated fireplace that I’m sure will look fantastic in the finished room. Hopefully this gives you some ideas on how to make a pretty fireplace for your own miniature house!