Hi, friends! It’s Katie here. In this crazy year of staying home much more than normal, I have been pouring myself into home projects more than ever. I mean, hey, if we’re gonna be here a bunch, I may as well make the best of it, right? My last big project was finishing up my Daisy Table DIY, but I have a new, exciting space in my house that I can’t wait to tell you all about: my bedroom fireplace! Oh my goodness, it just makes me so, so happy!
It all started with this beautiful antique mantle I found on Facebook Marketplace. I’ve been trying to squeeze a fireplace into our historic home for years now (yes, my home is the old ABM studio) and when I saw this piece, I knew it had to be mine. It matches the time period of our house perfectly! Just look at that stained glass. *Sigh*
After a bit of haggling on the price, thanks to my husband (I CANNOT HAGGLE—I am so bad at it), the mantle was mine! I had already planned out how I wanted to box in the mantle opening to fit an electric fireplace insert, so I called up my friend, Evan, to tell me if my idea was crazy or doable. Yes, I bought the mantle before asking if my vision was realistic. I have no chill. Evan is also the person who helped me finish up the daisy table and built the shelves for my book nook, so I knew if my idea wouldn’t work, he could find a way.
Also, here’s your friendly reminder: if you aren’t a woodworker, there’s no shame in hiring someone or asking a friend! You don’t have to do EVERYTHING yourself!
Here are a couple of Evan’s renderings so you can get an idea of how he fit the insert into the mantle. I sent him the measurements for the fireplace insert I was planning to buy, and he boxed in the bottom and added a panel at the top so I could add some decorative stick-on tile. Oh! Let’s pause here. Stick-on tile has come a LONG way since I last checked it out. From where we sit in our bedroom, you cant even tell it’s fake!
The plywood behind it had to be painted for it to adhere, but I was very impressed with the quality of the stickers and the stickiness of the adhesive. I just cut them to size with scissors and stuck them where I wanted! So easy.
So, the breakdown for this DIY is: find a mantle secondhand, pick a electric fireplace insert that will fit, have the opening customized (by someone with skills if you aren’t a woodworker), don’t forget the tile stickers to add some pizazz, and enjoy your very own fireplace! I’ve never loved my bedroom more!
When I walk in here at night and turn on the faux flame and the little heater, it feels so magical. 2020 is definitely my year for all things cozy. What projects have been you been getting excited over lately? xo. Katie