Faux Fireplace Makeover

We were out and about one day and stopped at an Estate Sale Consignment place and saw this SUPER ugly faux fireplace.
We don’t have a fireplace in our house and talked about putting a fake one in our living room area so we thought… why not?! 
Here is what we did to make it over.
This is what this little gem looked like when we brought it home. Quite the beauty, eh?! lol
It had a insert but it was pointless. Just had fake logs that when you plugged it in just lit up, so we took it out all together.

To start, the whole piece got sanded down and I painted it white using my paint sprayer.
We planned on retiling the whole thing so we pulled off the fake brick on the hearth so the new tile would be even with the wood trim surround.
The new tile was just placed on the brick around the back area.
Obviously, this is a fake fireplace but we wanted it to blend in, so Travis knotched out the molding where the sides would meet the wall so it would slide completely to the wall. 
Travis then built a new box for the hole where the insert was. 
He had to remove the molding on the front to attach it.
Once, the new box was installed and the molding was replaced, the new tile job began.
We bought marble subway tiles from Lowe’s and they were perfect! 
Once the tile was complete, it was MY job to touch up the paint and paint the new box insert.
I had to touch up the white where Travis had to reattach the molding and a few other places.
When the white was good and dry, the pain stacking tape job began of taping off the white so I could paint the box black.
On the bottom of the box, we placed a thin piece of plexi glass.
We did this to protect the paint from any item that I may place inside the insert, mostly wax from candles.
I’m so happy to have the mantle done and can decorate it now! 
I’m still working on what I want on the inside. I want candles but not happy with what I have played with so far so back to the drawing board. 
Also, I’m playing with a final look for the mantle itself but I can’t wait for a holiday to go all out on it! 


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  • Christina
    July 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    ahh Allison it looks GORGEOUS! That subway tile is beautiful, and that's such a good idea to put the plexiglass in too!! Love it!!

  • Our Pinteresting Family
    July 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    It looks fantastic, Allison. What a transformation! I really like the subway tiles that you added.

  • For My Love Of
    July 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for showing a how-to on this! Ive been wanting to do this for ages! It looks SO beautiful! I love it!

  • Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies
    July 10, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    It looks awesome. What a great find and adds a great focal point to your room. Love the tile you added. Great job.

  • Maria
    July 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my goodness what an amazing idea!!!! I absolutely love this!!! It looks beautiful, you did a fabulous job with it!!!

  • Julia @ It's Always Ruetten
    July 13, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    I love, love, love your after! I live in an apartment and would love to find a faux fireplace to makeover just like yours! Just stopping by to let you know you've been featured on my Finding Friday Favorite Finds. Be sure to swing by and grab my featured button; you deserve it!


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  • While They Snooze
    July 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I think this is the first faux fireplace I have really really liked! I love the look of that subway tile with all the white trim. And the fact that you guys notched out the trim on the wall is a great. The attention to detail really makes it look professional. I can see this looking awesome at night with a bunch of candles inside. It looks so sophisticated! 🙂 Thanks for linking up – Life Inspired.

  • The adventures of Jolly and Happy
    March 4, 2016 at 7:25 am

    This is awesome! I absolutely love the tile you put on it!