During the next few weeks I gathered different materials around the house to decorate the fireplace and then started to build it. Here is a mini tutorial.
Making the form:
After measuring your room, use foam core and cut the front and back to 4.5” wide x 4 ¾” tall.
Cut a 2” wide x 3.5” hole out from the bottom center of the front. Round the top of the hole if you like.
The sides were also foam core, cut to 1.5” wide x 4 ¾” tall. (It may look a bit taller in my photos, because I cut it to these measurements as I was constructing it after these photos were taken.)
Next, use mat board for the interior of the fireplace. Cut this as a 1” wide x 4.5” long strip. Lightly score the board with a utility knife 4” from both sides and fold.
Next, score the foam core back using a score tool to make the bricks go 4” up the back. Then put the mat board inside piece next to the foam board back piece to make sure the bricks line up once assembled. Once all of your horizontal lines are in place, stagger your vertical lines to resemble bricks.
I used the metal ball score tool after the smaller score tool to round out the scores.
Put it together:
I used blue tape to adhere the inside to the front and back. I LOVE blue tape!
Then I used wood glue to glue the sides on.
Decorating your fireplace:
I cut molding for the top and added wood and embellishments. The silver trim along the top and around the hole was a slinky metal ribbon material. I think I got it in the scrapbook section years ago or the ribbon section at the craft store.
I used gold ribbon to run down the sides.
Then I glued the mat board on the top with wood glue, flipped upside down and put a weight on it until dry.
I will tell you it took a week to come up with the right pieces to use. Every evening I would just take a look at it and start putting pieces on and taking them off. Then I would remember materials that I had and try those until I was happy.
Finishing and painting:
Then I painted it with two coats of a Zinc gray and black mix. Once dry, I went back and hit all of the embellishments with a lighter gray paint. Then used a coarse brush and black charcoal to enhance all of the edging.
For the front grill guard, cut two pieces of mat board at 2.5” x 3/16. Shape them with your fingers so they bend in a curve and brace them in the hole with white glue. Once dry, paint black.
I bent these two metal pieces of jewelry embellishments, painted them black and then glued them on with white glue.
For the base, I glued black textured paper on mat board and sanded the edges smooth and painted them black.
If you want to add electric for your logs just cut a small hole in the back to run your electric.
That’s it! Place it in your room and enjoy!