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January 14, 2015


Growing up in a 1950s brick rancher I always felt deprived because our

house didn't have a fireplace.  Yes, at an early age I had Fireplace Envy.

There are few aspects of a house that add as much architectural interest
as a fireplace.  I didn't understand that concept as a kid - I just worried how
Santa would deliver our presents if he couldn't come down the chimney.

Wish my parents had thought about adding a -

Faux Fireplace!

It's hard to believe that the fireplace pictured above is a fake.  Click here
for the step-by-step tutorial on how to build your own fake fireplace.

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Let's take a look at some other photos of artificial fireplaces.
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This 'new' fireplace anchors the room:



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Not only does this fireplace add architectural
interest it also adds storage space.



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Look closely at the back of the fireplace - the sheet
rock was stenciled to resemble bricks.  Brilliant!
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The metal ceiling tiles add an elegant touch to this fake fireplace but
think solid tiles would have worked better than the mirror.



Yes, it's a little late to be looking at Christmas decor but
I bet this faux fireplace looks beautiful year 'round:
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Creating a fireplace in a bedroom adds such an elegant touch:
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An ingenious apartment dweller decided to build their own fireplace:
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They found a small load of bricks that were being given away for free
on Craigslist and built the mantel themselves.  The entire project cost
about $150 and took less than 3 afternoons of work.  Genius!



Molding and trim were added to the plywood box before
it was painted.  Click here to read the full story.

Not long ago a local contractor told me that, when building
a new house, adding a 'real' old fashioned fireplace tacks
over 5% to the price of the home.  Yikes.

Hmmmmm . . . . so, if it's a matter of math . . . . .

1.  plus

2. plus

3. plus

equals:

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I love how math works!

Where there's a will, there's a way.
(So true.)

6 comments:

  1. beautiful inspiration! i also have a "fireplace" like this :) http://sandrynka.blogspot.com/2014/12/zyczeniowo.html - see yourself!

    ps. kisses from Poland:*

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  2. But a fireplace usually adds + $ when you sell the house.
    I love all of these fireplaces.
    When I bought my home I had 5 fireplaces. I removed the fireplace in my studio.
    I needed the storage space.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I forgot to add I really do not like the TV above the fireplace.
      Put it somewhere else.
      For me fireplaces are to be enjoyed a place to sit and read, play games, puzzles or best of all nap by.
      Just me.

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  3. The one in the bedroom is really pretty.

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  4. Jan, I have a real fireplace in our family room and a faux in my bedroom.
    I've never been happy with the one upstairs. I do like a couple of the ones you shared...
    I'm to use them as inspiration. Love the fireplace you created. Hugs!

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