Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Tale of the Ugly Fireplace

Once upon a time, there was an ugly fireplace. At this point in its life, we're using the term fireplace very liberally. What once had been a fireplace was now just a hole in the side of the house where years of neglect brought water damage, a rusty firebox, and just general grossness.

Fixing the fireplace and putting in a propane insert is on the to-do list for 2014, but that doesn't help much for Christmas 2013.  

What to do...what to do...

Find the science fair project board that you covered in wood grain contact paper.  Realize you've already used this as drop cloth for a painting project.

Find extra contact paper and just cover up those paint spots.

Grab a piece of black poster board that you didn't use for the 4-H booth last summer and get it centered on the poster board.  Use lots of duct tape and that handy ruler thing from your cutting mat. 

Using a white out pen, draw some logs and fire on the poster board.  Pay no attention to how logs would actually lay in a real fireplace, this is art dammit!

I know I'm holding chalk in this picture, but I used a white out pen.

Take a piece of chalk from your kids' art supplies and go all over the poster board with it.  

Using a paper towel or tissue, gently wipe all over the poster board to soften the look of the chalk.

Duct tape the whole thing to the front of the existing ugly fireplace.  Put duct tape on shopping list.  

Begin to wonder if anyone would mind if you painted the brass a color that isn't so 80's chic. 


  1. I need you to come to my house and do my decorating, please. I am absolutely hopeless at it and I'm totally jealous of your homemaking skills.

  2. I mostly just stare at Pinterest for hours on end and then grab a few things I like from different people. Then I see what I have on hand to make it cheap.