Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Flea Market Faux Fireplace & Master Bedroom Update

I'm still plugging away on those last few projects in my master bedroom that I shared with you a few weeks back.  I've really been trying to tackle the last few rooms of my house this summer since it's just too hot to do much furniture painting outside and I'm really close to several rooms "done" (are rooms ever really done?).  Anyway, if you recall, I gave you a peek of a mantel in my bedroom...


I picked up this old, tattered mantel at the flea market in Raleigh a few months ago, knowing that I wanted to make a faux fireplace of sorts in my master bedroom.  I've always loved fireplaces in master bedrooms, but ours didn't have one.  I thought about buying an electric fireplace and building a mantel around it, but since I'm rarely cold since moving to NC and on a tight budget, I thought I'd try a different approach...
Since the mantel literally had huge chunks of old flaking paint (which I assumed was lead-based), I donned my respirator and carefully stripped, scraped, and sanded it down.  After cleaning it up, I applied a few coats of ASCP Old White without wax.  It's a pretty rough old mantel with cracks and nail holes, but I left most of those and went for the rustic, shabby look. 

After attaching it to the wall, I then painted the inside with black chalkboard paint and had my super-talented step-dad help draw a fireplace chalk illustration...
Talented, isn't he?  If you don't have handy artist around, I'm sure you could get this look with an image of fireplace logs and an over-head projector to provide a template to trace onto your chalkboard paint.  I've got one more of those $20 thrift store chairs in the above picture that I'm working on re-upholstering this week and then I can share the whole room with you! I'm excited to have it all done...
Sources:  mantel - flea market, chair - Goodwill, rug - Home Decorators, flower canvas prints - Ikea, mercury glass candles an mantel accessories - TJ Maxx, wall paint - Martha Stewart's Spring Melt

Kristen


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43 comments:

suzyq said...

This is so charming - beautiful job:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh my gosh i love it! llove the faux inset!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, he really is good. Love that mantel.

The Little Red Shop said...

Beautiful, as always!!! Your step-father and YOU are so talented. It's really a joy to see your work.

: )

Julie M.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Gorgeous, Kristen! Love the mantel! I've got my eye out when I'm out and about for an inexpensive one for my daughter. Love the "fire" your step-dad did! He is very talented. It makes me smile to see that and, I'm sure, when you wake up and see it in the mornings, it makes you smile, too. Love the chair and I'm looking forward to seeing the full reveal!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The mantel is wonderful...I am sending it to my sister who is really wanting a faux mantel (she lives in Florida where fireplaces are few and far between)....Great mantel Kristen...and yes, your Step Dad is so very talented...I cannot wait till he starts offering classes!!
I will be the first to sign up!!!

Barb @ The Everyday Home (formerly Grits and Glamour) said...

I have a faux fp too. In fact, when we had the home appraised, he checked two fireplaces. LOL We never told him it was fake. I love your whimsical fire and logs drawing. So cute. xxoo

Cindy Miller said...

This is a great idea, adds so much warmth to a master bedroom.
Is the flea market a great source for furniture to repaint?

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

I have seen where people made a faux insert for their fireplaces but THIS IS THE BEST! I love it and plan on copying it....if you don't mind!! I'm also a new follower!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

This is adorable! I just put a mantle up in my shop so that I could decorate for the holidays, and even tho I can't draw a faux fire and logs, I am going to use some chalkboard paint like you did.

AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three said...

What a wonderful project! I love the chalkboard on the bottom. It's such a mix of classic and fun design. I just discovered your blog and I'm your newest follower. I can't wait to explore your blog more.

Angela

Becca said...

That's awesome! I love the creativity and unique ideas. great job!
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Little Vintage Cottage said...

Oh my goodness, that's so cute! What a great idea!

Tania

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Super talented, indeed. Great artwork.

monsterscircus said...

That's really brilliant and looks really great, what a fun idea :-)

Robin from highpointcircle.blogspot said...

Everything about it is beautiful...the nail holes, the imperfections make it perfect! Love the chalkboard fire! Pinning this one.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

YOur bedroom is beautiful... calm and lush and serene! And that fireplace is a fabulous addition! I love the art rendering!!!! Very creative and chic! Thanks for sharing this great DYI with us at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

Yoli said...

Absolutely beautiful. Dimension and shadows of the chalk art make it look so cool! I have an electric fireplace in my bedroom. Hubby won't let me turn it on since the tv sits right on top of it. At least with your chalk art it looks like you are enjoying a nice fire. :-)

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Very cool....love the idea of a chalkboard for the fireplace ~ great idea :)

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful, never would have thought of the chalk drawing. Perfect.

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful, never would have thought of the chalk drawing. Perfect.

the cape on the corner said...

whoa, how gorgeous, and i love the drawing inside, with that "brick" work.

stefanie said...

LOVE IT!!!

leah mari said...

that is soo cute!!! i love it!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Kristen, this is one of the cutest ideas I've seen! the mantel is amazing, LOVE those wonderful corbels!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very cute!! I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. I am also hosting a giveaway to win a 50dollar gift card to HomeGoods. Do drop by and enter if you like :)

Carrie Barron said...

So super cool! I love the idea of drawing a fire! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Carrie

Kylie Helm said...

I have those pictures from Ikea too! Hangin' on my wall, they are so lovely, and go with almost any decor! Speaking of lovely, SO CREATIVE with that fireplace!! I seriously LOVE IT! I could never draw something that amazing, major props! Thank you for sharing!

-Kylie
absolutelyarkansas.blogspot.com

It's All Connected said...

Love it all but the faux fire is what really catches my eye! ~ Maureen

Sherry said...

Love how you finished this out! So cute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Miss Charming said...

Simply beautiful! Such a great chalkboard fireplace with the detailed logs and fire. I love your style, Kristen!

Hubba said...

What a beautiful site! I'm stopping over from a blog hop and am excited to be your newest follower. If you get a chance feel free to stop by and follow back at
www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

Sarah said...

Kristen, I popped over from the Home Sweet Home party. You are one resourceful lady. this is one of the cleverest ideas yet. Eager to see your complete room.....Sarah

Tisha said...

This is so amazingly beautiful! I love every bit of it - the old chalk painted mantle, the blossom photo set, the chalkboard art... Pinning and adding Sophia's to my reader!

feathersanddimes said...

Saw this and loved it! I don't have a real fireplace, but I do have a real mantel that I love and I'm glad to see others on the same wave-length!

The Golden Sycamore said...

What a gorgeous find! You did a wonderful job refinishing it! And, wow, what a talented father-in-law you have! Visiting from MMS.

Allison

Liz Marie said...

I love this faux fireplace!! It's so stunning and very unique. I would love for you to link up at the linky party on my blog: http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2012/08/link-up-with-me-liz-marie-15/ I know my readers would looove to see it!!

xx liz marie

ournextgreatadventure said...

Love the "fire" insert. Wish I could draw like that!

Anne Boykin (bloominganne) said...

Incredible! What a great idea and the drawing is perfect.

vikki said...

What a great idea. I have a faux fireplace in my bedroom and I am going to copy you. Love it.

must love junk said...

Oh, this is SO fun!! I love the whimsy it adds to your mantel!
I'm your newest follower, and would love you to visit and say hi :)
Susan

Homa Style said...

Such a fantastic idea!!!!!
Love it! I will have to try this in my mantle I built for our master bedroom. You can see it here at
http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/09/11/mantle-idea-for-autumn/
Thanks!

Bella♥Storia said...

Hi there! Found your blog through Graphic's Fairy and fell in love with your fireplace mantel project! The log and fire sketch is perfect and just had to share! I've created a brief post on my blog showcasing your makeover with links to your post. Thank you so much for sharing your talent! Your furniture pieces are amazing! -Holly

http://bellastoriablog.blogspot.com/2013/02/renters-rehab-warm-toasty.html

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