Have you ever done a faux fireplace mantel makeover? I hadn’t. But my friend Leann found this awesome electric faux fireplace heater on the side of the road. She snapped a picture, and asked me if I wanted it. “Heck Yeah!” I said.
Electric Faux Fireplace Makeover
Yep, run of the mill electric faux fireplace heater. When I picked it up I left the guts behind. She was kind enough to dispose of it for me.
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That was in late June. I’ve had it on my to-do list ever since, but it’s just been too hot. You may remember I took July off from working on projects. Now it’s August and we had some really nice weather so while I was tidying the woodshed I made sure that this electric heater fireplace mantel landed near the front so it could be my next project.
I mixed up some diy chalky paint primer with some off white oops paint. I originally had a five gallon bucket, but it’s nearly gone now, so I have it stored in a kitty litter jug.
Prepare Faux Fireplace Mantel for painting
Painter’s tape was used to cover up the faux tile on the faux fireplace.
Painting the faux fireplace mantel was a breeze using my Super Finish Max Extra in my Homeright Spray shelter.
It was so fun removing the painter’s tape to see how pretty the new (old) faux fireplace mantel looks!
How to add a Faux Firebox
Initially I was going to put a back over the entire piece. However, after looking at some inspiration photos online I decided that a firebox would be more fun to decorate. I had ¾ inch plywood drop-offs that I buy for $1.28 each. Three pieces were ripped on the table saw to the correct width to fit the faux fireplace.
While I had the new faux firebox in place, I marked it for pocket holes. I wanted to make sure I had the pocket holes in the proper place.
Not Shown: I drilled the pocket holes with my Kreg Jig.
Using a right angle clamp, a square and pocket hole screws I attached the left and right side to the top of the faux mantel firebox.
I suppose I was having so much fun, that I forgot to take progress pics! Pocket holes were drilled to hold the top piece on, as well as three pocket holes at the bottom to secure the firebox to the faux fireplace.
Fireplace Mantel Makeover
I painted the faux firebox by hand with a skinny roller before attaching it to the faux fireplace mantel. I’m so in love with how this faux fireplace makeover turned out! It was a difficult decision (as always) to choose a paint color. Gray paint was a close second for paint choices.
The extra large chalkboard was done with Chalk Couture Chalkology Paste. It’s the one that is usually hanging behind me when I do my Facebook Lives indoors. The scrap pile candlesticks were made from bed and chair parts with a few random scraps.
I suppose this baby will be headed to Glendale in October. Do you love it as much as I do?
JULIE M MACDONALD
I have a faux fireplace that is Cherry wood with a shiny finish. I want to repurpose it and paint it. Do I need to sand the shine off of it? It’s classic looking but would like to change into a farmhouse look. Any ideas?
Yours came out so nice I was inspired!
If it were me, I would lightly sand anyplace that is flat and easy to sand. Then I would use a deglosser such as TSP to really clean and wipe down the entire piece. When all is dry, I would use a good FLAT paint such as chalk paint or a DIY version (I make one with Plaster of Paris) You can see how I handle those type of finishes here: https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/tag/chalky-paint/
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Ooo, I love this! It turned out beautiful. I bet it sells quickly at Glendale!
Thank you Claudine! I hope to see you there again this year!
Two questions, did you sand it at all? For some reason it looks very short. It turned out really great love the candles in it and the chalk board on top. So what did you buy at vendors square (name might be wrong) before they closed?
No, I didn't sand it. It's not short. It's nearly four feet tall. I forget the exact dimensions, but I was going to use a 4x4 sheet of plywood on the back before I decided to add the faux firebox. 🙂
Vendors' Village? I bought a piano bench that is probably going up on the blog this Friday. It was more than my regular limit, but I just had to have it. I bought it the day I moved my stuff out of the building. I also bought a red vinyl cushion from my friend John. Not sure what I'll do with it yet.
The faux fireplace turned out great.....I love it. And the candlesticks look so pretty inside of the fireplace. Very nice!
Thanks so much Terri! Have I ever told you that cousin Terry's middle name is the same as yours? 🙂
Have a great week!