Making a fake fireplace is very easy if you want to add a cozy feel to your home or just do a project with the kids.There are instructions on how to make several different kinds of fake fireplace.
Step 1: Find a piece of furniture.
You want your faux fireplace to be roughly the size of the dresser.Don't worry about the color if you look curbside.
Step 2: All the drawers and interior hardware must be removed.
The drawers have screws and runners.Your drawers should be open.
Step 3: The drawers need to be taken apart.
To save the drawer faces, be sure to remove the handles and fill the screw holes with wood putty, plaster, glue, etc.Let it dry.
Step 4: Attach the drawer face to the open front of the furniture.
The top drawer used to be in the same position as the face of the drawer.Attach it by attaching it to a piece of furniture with nails or screws, starting from the inside of the drawer and going through the back.
Step 5: Measure the height of the opening in the front.
Measure from the bottom of the drawer face down to the floor.
Step 6: Measure the length of the drawers.
You will most likely need to adjust the size of either the drawer faces or the dresser since you will continue to board up the wide opening by attaching a drawer face on either side.If the opening is taller than the drawer faces are, you will need to cut the bottom of the dresser off.If the opening is shorter than the drawer faces are long, you will need to cut one end of each drawer face off.
Step 7: Attach the drawer faces to the opening vertically.
The top of both drawer faces should be against the bottom of the drawer face that is already attached to the opening.orient the cut ends downwards for a clean look if you cut the ends off your drawer faces.Attach them to the left and right sides of the drawer by fastening them with small finishing nails, or they can be screwed on from the inside.You will need small pieces of wood to attach the side drawers to the top drawer.Attach the pieces across the gap between the drawers and the drawer faces.
Step 8: Paint your fireplace.
For a modern look, paint the exterior with a glossy, off-white paint.To disguise the wood, paint the interior black.
Step 9: Make a base for the fireplace.
If you cut the bottom of the drawer to fit it, it will look unfinished when placed on the floor.Cut off the legs of the coffee table and place it beneath the fireplace to create a base.
Step 10: There are two pillars and four wooden squares.
You want your fireplace to be roughly the height of the pillars.The wooden squares should be slightly wider than the pillars.
Step 11: Get a mantelpiece
This can be a simple piece of wood cut down to the right size, a shelf from another furniture piece, etc.The mantelpiece should be slightly wider than the width of the wooden squares.
Step 12: Paint your parts.
The pillars are usually white, so you may want to paint the wood different colors.
Step 13: Attach the wooden squares to both pillars.
You can use screws, nails, glue, or both.The top and bottom of the wooden squares will be hidden.The pillars should now have a finished look.
Step 14: Attach the mantelpiece to your pillar.
Again, you can do things, but be careful with your attachment.If the squares at the top of the pillars have enough corner area sticking out, you can nail a few finishing nails from the overhanging corners upwards into your mantle.
Step 15: A base for your fireplace is needed.
Either use a piece of wood similar in size and shape to your mantelpiece and paint it or find an appropriately-sized coffee table, cut off the legs, and place it beneath the fireplace.
Step 16: Two pieces of cardboard are cut out.
orient them so that they're taller than they are wide.
Step 17: Every 6 inches, fold the body in half.
You should be able to make four equal folds since your cardboard is 2 feet wide.When you are done, you will have a square column.
Step 18: The "bricks" should be painted on.
This can be done with a stencil or you can add red bricks later on.Real bricks don't look perfect, but this will look rough.
Step 19: There are two pieces from your cardboard.
Size them according to how they will become your base and mantle.
Step 20: The base and false mantle should be painted.
If you want to use Styrofoam to give the mantle and base some thickness, you can paint them the same color.
Step 21: Glue or tape the columns to the base and mantle.
A great glue is Aileen's Craft Glue.The tape and glue are only on the back side of the piece and should not be seen from the front.
Step 22: The back of the fireplace was served by a fifth piece of cardboard.
This one should be painted black and gray to make it look like it has been smoked.A sponge is a great tool.
Step 23: The fire should be added to your fireplace.
Place an electric light source inside of the fireplace.Small logs can be placed over the electric candles to obscure their flames.The logs obtained from the woods look great, and work well to add to a realistic feel.Store bought formed fireplace logs are not recommended as they look fake and tend to be more dangerous.You can always paint the flames.