So here it is,
the long story of my faux fireplace....
Even though my house is almost a hundred and ten years old,
there is not a single fireplace in it...
(click photos to enlarge)
So I have been searching for a mantle.
Since I didn't have a firebox,
I wanted one deep enough
to set up a variety of faux fires...
In the coldest part of winter
I will probably put in one of those electric heaters
that looks like a wood stove...
You know how when you add one element to the room
you want to change everything else?
I told you last week
I am easily seduced by the name on a paint chip...
the name French Castle had me sold
almost as fast as the soft Dusty Lavender color...
Do you remember the old color in the parlor?
It was a deep pumpkin color
here is a link if you want to see the before color...
Once the walls were painted,
I couldn't stop there...
Those of you who think it's a sin to paint old woodwork
should close your eyes and skip ahead :-)
Bright creamy paint,
So much cheerier!!
You can see I didn't get the ceiling painted.
I am thinking about wrapping the wall color up a bit,
and painting a a trompe l'oeil sky
in the center of the ceiling...
The mantle was new unfinished wood,
I wanted an aged look
so I did lots of layering of paint and distressing...
Since I don't have a mirror for over the mantle.
I used this old window
that came from an old shed we tore down
when we moved in...
A window should have a window box
and all the better if it is filled with Hyacinths...
This cast iron fireplace grate was picked up at a garage sale
for a whopping eight dollars...
(oh, how I miss garage sales in the winter!)
Wanna know how spoiled I am?
I have a pet peeve about electrical cords....
So, my too sweet husband
crawled around under the house all day
and put a plug in the bottom of the fireplace
so I could plug in my lights :-))
A faux fireplace may not be warm,
but it sure is cozy!
Tonight I am joining...
Susan for Metamorphosis Monday
Cindy for Make It For Monday
Cielo for Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Show and Tell Friday with Cindy
Funy Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Colleen for Passion For Paint
Thanks for visiting me today!