Fireplaces are useful for heating spaces but, more often than not, their role is a decorative one. A lot of people who have functional fireplaces into their homes rarely actually use them. Of course, this applies to traditional or rustic fireplace designs and not so much to modern fireplaces. That being said, more often than not a faux fireplace would be a great design feature. It would give the space a cozy and warm look and ambiance and you could place it anywhere and even built it yourself out of simple materials.
Building a faux fireplace from scratch is surprisingly easy and that’s great news for anyone who would enjoy having such a feature into their home, regardless of where they’d want to place it. The task starts with the fireplace frame which can be made out of wood. You could use some scrap pieces that you have from previous projects. Once the frame is in place you can go ahead and add the shell which is a set of plywood panels. Attach them with adhesive for a clean and simple look. When that’d done too you can start planning the last details which involve customizing the fireplace using paint, tiles and other elements. There’s a really nice tutorial describing the project in more detail on lovethetompkins.
Before you dismiss the whole idea of a faux fireplace, consider how big of an impact this feature has on not just the room it’s in but the entire house and also the fact that a faux fireplace doesn’t take up a lot of place and can double as a wall ornament. You can make it look extra charming by giving it a stone surround or by filling it with a few small wood logs (or wood slices). Let’s not forget about the mantel which is great for displaying items on. You can find more inspiring ideas like these ones on hometalk.
If you’re serious about adding a DIY faux fireplace to your living space, perhaps you’d care to make it the central piece in your living room wall unit. You could design and built all sorts of interesting configurations using the fireplace as a starting point. For example, you could place the TV on the wall, just above the faux fireplace and you could frame it and integrate it into a sort of shelving unit with open and closed modules on either side. Does this sound like something you’d enjoying building? If yes, check out the tutorial on thesweetestdigs.
In order for a faux fireplace to serve its intended purpose it must look as authentic and as real as possible without actually being functional. I’d say this one featured on makeit-loveit is pretty close to perfection. On top of that, it’s not fixed to its location which means you can move it around whenever you feel like redecorating. You could also store it in summer and bring it back to the living room in winter when it’s cold outside and you want the home to feel cozy.
A faux fireplace can turn out to be more than just a decorative element in your living room if, for example, you decide to integrate it into an entertainment center. In other words, you can use the mantel as a shelf for keeping electronics on and you could extend the back panel of the fireplace upward so you can also mount the TV on it. Of course, you could install the TV directly onto the wall if you’d prefer this option better. This cool idea comes from blesserhouse.
A faux fireplace might look out of place if you don’t somehow integrate it into the room’s decor or even make it a part of a wall unit. If you want the fireplace to be a permanent feature in your living room, then go ahead and make it a part of the entertainment center. Check out iheartorganizing to see how seamless and natural this built-in DIY fireplace looks like. You wouldn’t even suspect that it’s not functional.
Before you start building your own faux fireplace, some decisions need to be made. For instance, you need to decide what materials you’ll be using. A reclaimed wood fireplace could look very charming. Since this won’t be a functional fireplace, there’s nothing to worry about regarding fire hazards and other such details. You could use stack blocks of wood like Lego pieces. That actually sounds like a lot of fun. Check out kristimurphy for a few tips related to the project.
You should also take some time to consider where you’ll be placing your new faux fireplace. You might not be able to integrate it into the wall unit so perhaps you can find an empty wall that could use a focal point. Maybe there’s no space in the living room but you could put the fireplace in the master bedroom or in your home office. You could display framed pictures and other decorations on the mantel and you could also put candles inside. We absolutely love this DIY faux fireplace featured on thepursuitofhandyness and we wouldn’t change a thing about it.
Of course, you might already have a fireplace in your home, perhaps even a functional one. In that case, you could give this one a makeover. You could tear down the old frame and mantel and build a new fireplace surround from scratch. Gather your materials and tools and make a sketch with measurements so you have a plan to follow. You could reuse some of the pieces from the old fireplace if you think that would help. You can find more details about this project on athomewiththebarkers.
Not a fan of wood or stone fireplaces? Perhaps you’d prefer a DIY concrete fireplace instead. Such a project would be pretty permanent so you must be sure you’ll be keeping for at least a few years since tearing it down won’t be easy. You’ll need a few materials and tools and if you need to demolish an old fireplace first then that would require some time and effort as well. In any case, you can find all the details you need about this project on designertrapped.
A cool option is also to give your existing fireplace a makeover and to add a few more things to it, like some built-in shelves on the sides for example. Here for instance the facing of the fireplace was changed which added more details to the design of the fireplace as a whole. After marking the placement of the shelves with painter’s tape on the wall, these were then custom-designed and installed as well. Check out the full journey on thediyplaybook.
Painting the fireplace is also a nice idea. It’s an easy way to change its appearance without using a lot of resources and without starting a big and complex makeover project. All you need is paint in any color you think would look good (white is always a nice option, especially for brick fireplaces), a brush, a piece of cloth and some painter’s tape so you don’t go over the edges. You can find more details on postcardsfromtheridge.
Here’s another lovely change of look. This time the wooden frame was kept as is since it was in good shape and went well with the new look. It was the brick that was covered in joint compound and thus got this nice white overlay. Rather than covering up the whole surface, the focus was more on the lines between the bricks so once the compound was applies a sponge was used to wash off the bricks a bit and get this nice whitewashed, antique sort of look. Check out thefrugalhomemaker to find out more about this technique.
Don’t these dry brush bricks look amazing? In case you’re wondering what that actually means, dry brushing is a very simple technique that you can use to apply a sort of a 3D effect to your fireplace. It involves using a brush lightly covered in paint which you rub over the ridges and bumps in the bricks. This highlights the raised sections and adds a nice depth to the bricks. You can use this technique in a few different ways. Either use some white paint directly onto the unfinished bricks or go ahead and paint your brick fireplace white first and then go over it with a bit of gray paint, as suggested on madnessandmethod.
Faux fireplaces are charming in their own way. They’re nice if you’re short on space or if you want the cozy look without the functionality. Since there’s not much space to work with, using regular materials might not actually be an option. Use of real bricks you can still use the faux kind if you want to add a nice frame or more detail to your fireplace. Check out this nice makeover from jenniferrizzo to get an idea of how this technique could be used.
Although the classic red bricks can look quite nice in certain contexts, they don’t necessarily suit a modern space. This fireplace didn’t really fit in here not just because of the exposed bricks but also because of how flat the wall was in general. The solution to change all of that was to paint this entire entire fireplace one color, bricks and everything. A dark shade of gray was chosen and it looks wonderful, a lot more modern and in tone with the rest of the space. Head over to madeinaday to see the transformation.
Speaking of brick fireplaces and their fairly plain and outdated look, another cool idea for changing and updating their look involves chalk paint. It doesn’t take long to paint the fireplace and you can also use the same paint for the mantel to get a nice and uniform look. Use the technique described on diybeautify if you want to let a bit of red show through. You can also sand off some of the paint if you realize it’s too uniform or it covers up too much of the bricks. It dries quickly so this project shouldn’t take long.
Although this fireplace is all white except for the mantel shelf, it doesn’t look flat or boring. What really helps is the combination of bricks on the bottom and shiplap at the top. These two sections are divided by the mantel which also helps to cover up the transition line. The brick pattern and the texture adds a lot to the design and the stripes on the shiplap section prevent the top of the fireplace wall from blending in. Check out burlapandblue to find out more details if you’re interested.
This brick fireplace makeover was done using cement and wood. The transform as you can see was very effective at giving the fireplace an entirely new look. The new design is a lot simpler and more modern but it still has plenty of character. To get this look you basically have to smear the brick with cement and try to get a flat and even surface. This was done for the bottom section of this fireplace while the top is covered in tongue and groove. There’s no brick showing through anymore and that suits the space better. More details about this makeover can be found on boxwoodavenue.