Building a Faux Fireplace.

Introduction: Building a Faux Fireplace.

My wife wanted a fireplace in our living room, but since I didn't want to spend the money to have a real fireplace installed we decided I could build her one with an electric fireplace, an old table and some extra wood I already had.

Step 1: Start With an Old Wooden Table



I used an old wooden dining room table. I liked the design of the legs and it gave enough room for pictures and decorations on top.

I cut it down using my circular saw to 15" deep. (All measurements should be made to fit how you might want it though. Your electric fireplace may be different than mine so shelves should be made to fit.)

After it was cut to size, I then spray painted it black.

Step 2: Next Build the Shelves.

Like I said earlier, you really need to decide for yourself on the diminsions you will use.  I used some 1 X 10 's I had left over from a previous project.  The depth was right, so I measured the fireplace, my dvd player, and some of the pictures and decorations I knew my wife wanted to put on it, I used those measurements to determine the sizes of the openings. 

Once I had all my measurements, I cut the shelves to size and spray painted them black, and screwed them together.

After they were all screwed together I used some 1 X 2 's to trim out the front.  They were just nailed on with some finish nails.

Step 3: Putting It All Together

Once the shelves were done, I put the fireplace in from the rear, and laid the table in front to line up the legs with the shelves.

Step 4: Attach the Shelves to the Table Top.

I screwed the two pieces together with just a couple of wood screws inside where they would not be seen.  Unless you are laying on your back looking at the inside of my fireplace. (Not too many people do that though!!)

Step 5: Decorate and Enjoy!!!

I let my wife handle the decorating.  She's much better at that than I am!!!  But we ALL enjoy the fireplace!!

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    6 Comments

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    rawlingson02
    rawlingson02

    6 weeks ago

    A very good idea which I’ve now copied using an old pine kitchen table, not an antique but which has hung around taking up room in the garage for years. I removed the horrible varnish finish from the table and re finished it with wax and the half table now stands quite proudly in our entrance hall combined with Dimplex log set electric fire making the hall a much more welcoming place than it was before.

    Waste not want not, I used the other half of the table which has a central drawer to make a dressing table for my wife, narrow enough to fit neatly between the end of the bed and the wall it’s finally served a useful purpose and has as a bonus stopped my wife complaining about my hoarding things that might one day come in useful. One useful tip = three birds with one stone, pretty good Many Thanks

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    joyalove
    joyalove

    8 years ago on Step 5

    Does the fireplace insert give off heat?

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    mprice72
    mprice72

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes the fireplace insert is also an electric heater. It doesn't give off a lot of heat but it does help to take the 'edge' off on those chilly fall mornings!

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    mprice72
    mprice72

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Yes the fireplace insert is also an electric heater. It doesn't give off a lot of heat but it does help to take the 'edge' off on those chilly fall mornings!