~The Fireplace Project~


Faux fireplace, that is…..



Hearth Room Fireplace

The hearth room fireplace is gas, as is the stone fireplace in J’s “lodge”, in the lower level of our home.  The back porch fireplace is wood burning.

I have thought about using a mantel to create a faux fireplace, but never ventured any farther than thinking about it, until recently. 

I try to remember to check JC Penney Wednesday Deals.  One particular Wednesday, a few weeks ago, while looking at the Wednesday Deals, I clicked on clearance and found a fireplace surround, marked $179.99 from $499.99, with free shipping.  I didn’t see how I could pass up an offer like that.  I ordered it before I could talk myself out of it.  It arrived within two days.

With the garage sale and a few other little interruptions, the faux fireplace project was delayed until this past weekend.


 Faux fireplace elements include the surround, paintable wallpaper from Lowe’s, and leftover ceramic tile, from the master bathroom.

The surround is not attached permanently, but rather hangs by keyhole mounts on two anchors.  The wallpaper can be easily removed.  Instead of  installing the tiles, they sit on a strip of non slip drawer liner, to keep them stable and protect the hardwood floor.  The surround can be taken apart, should we want to use it in another home.


We began the project, early Saturday morning, by hanging a tin ceiling look paintable wallpaper.


It has been said I am a “bubble off plumb”, in more ways than one.  I hope you keep that in mind and not examine the seams too closely.

As you can see, the Pampered Chef pastry roller is a handy tool for pressing wallpaper seams.  I have also used this little gadget when pressing peel and stick tile.  It is great for rolling pastry, too.


The wallpaper will, hopefully, give the appearance of old tile.  I set the surround legs up to sort of test the idea.  The “fireplace” sits next to the master bedroom door to the hallway.


The idea is to give the appearance of a fireplace that has been plastered over; often seen in older homes.


Sunday afternoon, we finished the install. We still need to cut trim to fit on either side.  I’m also looking for a piece of tile or trim to put on either side of the tiles, to finish out the look. 

Because it is close to completion, I decided to feature the “new fireplace” in this post.

The screen is one we used on the back porch. It’s a tad crooked, but will do until we find something else or add an electric fireplace.

I found a few things, around the house, for a vignette.  I am sure the mantel will be changed often.


The print is from a water color of Haldimand Bay, Mackinac Island, Michigan.


This fireplace is at our 2nd home, a condo at Lake of the Ozarks.  The TV niche was painted Sherwin Williams Mink to de-emphasize the opening.  A lake neighbor made the mantel.  We rarely use this fireplace, which is gas.


 Have a wonderful week. 

We are on our way to the lake, for a few days, with a couple of g’kiddos.

Linking to Marty’s Table Top Tuesday.

A Tabletop Logo

Because I got such a bargain, with the mantel, I am adding this project to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures.




Allie and Pattie said...

How lovely Pat! I have wanted a master bdroom fireplace forever- maybe next home... Have a grand time at the lake
xoxo Pattie

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

It looks wonderful, Pat! Now if only I could think of a space in my house, I'd order one myself. But I think I'm all "spaced" out.

Kat said...

What a great idea. Looks good too.


Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Perfect! I've seen old mantals in flea markets just for this purpose! Love it!

thestonerabbit said...

I KNEW it was a fireplace mantel and surround when you first showed us the pictures of the "parts"!! I'm rarely I feel giddy! :) It looks terrific! You are going to LOVE having that in your room...and I know you will make it look wonderful in all sorts of decorating ways! Did you know we have an old fireplace mantel and surround in the entry to our house? We have two looooong walls on each side as you enter...I have pictures on one side, but didn't want pictures on the other....and I couldn't find a piece of furniture narrow enough...or long enough to look right. One day it hit me what I needed! It is an old oak number (was in a few pieces when I found it). I had a guy build a base for it to sit on (like a hearth)....and paint it black. I LOVE it....and I change it out for the seasons. Because ours is heavy, we attached it to a board that is screwed into the wall. It can be removed, but it can also withstand any little grand kid who might try to "hang" on it one day. :)

Thanks for sharing....tell J it looks wonderful and Happy Father's Day!! L, dana

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

OH my, all of your fireplaces are just gorgeous. I love your new faux one too. So pretty. You have all of your mantels decorated so beautifully. Just gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Pat I love it girl...aren't you and J the clever ones...I love how you can move it if you want to...Looks wonderful my dear friend..I want one in my bedroom but girl I don't have an empty wall to put it on ha ha!!...Hope you have a GREAT time at your lake house...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Wendy said...

What a great idea! It looks lovely!

Charlene Austin said...

FABULOUS! I love the faux fireplace!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, what a cool idea that is! I love how it turned out. You & J are so creative together.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, I love your faux fireplace. It really does have the look like many old ones I have seen where they plaster up the inside. What a great idea you had with the wallpaper.

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat!! Oh, what a beauty!! It looks great! Your two little heads work well together. I think it must be because of the new sporty car! :) You know I'm teasing - everything you do is marvelous in my tiny most gorgeous peepers! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

It's just lovely Pat! With one of these you could have the look of a fireplace in any room of the house. Great idea here!

Terri said...

In my first two houses I had a mantle hung on the wall without a fireplace. My friends and family thought I was nuts but I loved it! I love yours, too!

Anna said...

the mantel is so pretty, and so is that wallpaper that looks like old tile

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Why you lucky fireplace g-ma! I would kill for just one!

Lovely job!

W.C.Camp said...

Nice job - looks PERFECTLY REAL ... uh except for that outlet in the middle! Actually really a nice job and so fast too. You sure have an eye for decorating. I think you need your own BED AND BREAKFAST! W.C.C.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

This is just gorgeous Pat!
What a great plan and the wallpaper and tile work perfectly!
You got a great deal on that surround too!
And Mackinac Island? Oh, now you got me dreaming for it!
Have a great week at the Lake, sounds so much fun!

Jill said...

Beautiful work! I might just have to steal this idea!

Van said...

Wow- beautiful effect!

paintergal said...

Pat, that is fabulous!
I love how you made it non-permanent.
Great idea!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love it! You 2 did a great job. There is no place to put one where I am.

Stephanie said...

It looks terrific! I think a fireplace in the Master bedroom looks so romantic! well done! said...

Pat, what an awesome project, and what a huge difference that fireplace makes. It's definitely a wonderful architectural addition to your home! I can't believe you accomplished that in such a short period of time...kudos to you!

Loui♥ said...

how delightful!
I've often had the same thought..
and after seeing how nicely yours has turned out, I may bite the bullet and go for it!
have a wonderful time at the lake!
warm sandy hugs..

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Pat!

I loved seeing what you did with your fireplace. Is this in the condo or in your home? I have a spot in St. Augustine that is a bit awkward, and I've often thought of doing something like this. You might have just started something! LOL!

Great job as usual.

I love the vignette of seashells on the condo fireplace mantle. They look perfect... as if the sea itself put them there... effortless, but I know that your keen eye studied that vignette to make it so lovely.


Sheila :-)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That turned out wonderful Pat! I love the whole idea of it.

Adrienne said...

I love your new fireplace. You always have a way of pulling everything together and making me wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?" Thanks for sharing your fireplaces with us. I have one and we redid it a few years ago. I need to share that redo sometime.

Tammy518 said...

Pat, I have long wanted to do a faux fireplace. Yours is just gorgeous!

nanab said...

Your ideas are so amazing. If you ever come to Tulsa, I need ideas!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow! Pat, what a beautiful job you've done! I love it! There are so many creative ladies out there. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful week.


Sandy said...

I have been wanting to do a faux fireplace in my dining room. I just didn't know how hard it would be to do one. I think I might be able to do one now. All of your mantels look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Very beautiful! The Mackinac Island print is the perfect touch. It reminds me of my trip there.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You certainly have some great fireplaces! I love what you did with the faux fireplace! Great job!


I also have a fireplace post!

Cindy ~ Open Ended said...

I've been out of the loop for a while!
Glad I am back to see what you've done. Our new fireplace is stunning.
Love it!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! I just had to come back for a second look. Yep, it's still gorgeous! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Muse said...

nothing faux about my admiration for your latest design feat!

nannykim said...

Really nice job--I thought it was what you said you were trying to get it to look like. I thought it was an old fireplace that had been walled off. I like that screen! I didn't notice it was crooked until you said is so pretty. Love the painting too.

Kathleen said...

You did a great job! I didn't know about the deals at Penny's. I must remember to look. You know I love a bargain!
The pool with the kids look wonderful. I agree about the scent of Coppertone!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Pat...

My friend, I just love how your faux fireplace turned and your honey did a fabulous job installing it! I love, love, LOVE the fireplace's gorgeous and you're right...couldn't pass up a great deal like that! Last December, we added a faux fireplace to our living room...I had always wanted one and a mantel to decorate. I found my mantel at Penneys as well and just love it! It was reg. $800 and marked down to $319...I couldn't pass that up as well! Hehe! Anyway, sorry...didn't mean to ramble. I really liked how you finished the fireplace using the paintable wallpaper...that's was a great idea! Thanks for sharing your beautiful new fireplace with us...and a few of the others too!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Kim said...

Pat you are a genius!!! I love this idea so much that I'm gonna bookmark this post. You continue to inspire me!

Pamela said...

who'da thunk! ! !
I love this, too!

(I have a real fireplace that I haven't ever bothered to "spruce up" and make it look presentable.)