DIY A Faux Fireplace In Your Wooden House Bedroom

What is the thing that everyone feels about residential log cabins other than their oneness with nature? They are cosy and in a good way. Walking into one feels like home, more so on those cold winter months. And having a fireplace in sight adds to their beauty. It brings everything together while ensuring that the natural flow does not come to a stop.

Fireplaces are not only for the lounge but also for the bedroom. They add an aspect of comfort, and you can envision watching embers from flames lighting up your room. While having a fireplace in the bedroom may not be practical, you can create the illusion of one in a few simple steps.

It will add to the cosiness of the space and will help you work on your DIY skills. And with the way the world is heading, these skills will be a must-have in the near future. The good thing with this project is that it is simple and would be a great chance to bond with your loved ones.

Let’s get started.

Requirements

First, let us cover what you will need.

Source of light

The fireplace, though fake, needs to look like an actual source of warmth. For this reason, you will need a source of light. Some people prefer to use candles as they create a warm glow. However, note that this can have devastating effects when left unattended. It is also not advisable to use candles near pets or children.

 

The other option would be the use of a bulb. This alternative is not fail-proof either as some bulbs get so hot that they can catch fire. You can go for electric light or another such source. Whatever you choose be sure to keep an eye on the fireplace to avoid any accidents.

Tools

For this method, we will need an old dresser, which you can probably find in the bedroom or storage. Now, this is where your DIY skills will be put to the test. You will need a screwdriver, a hammer, screws, finishing nails, wood putty, or other adhesive material and paint. If you have an old table lying around, you can also incorporate this into the structure. While you may not end up using all these materials, it is good to have them nearby in case you do. For the adhesive material, this process is not so strict. As such, you can use glue or plaster instead.

The Process

You start by getting everything you need from the onset. In this way, you will not have breaks rushing to the store or storage to get what you need. When finding a dresser, it helps to get one that is old and one you no longer use as much. If you cannot find one that meets these requirements, maybe take a stroll down the street, and you might chance upon a yard sale.

People often sell old dressers at throwaway prices. If you do not have any qualms about using a new dresser, you could save some money in this way.

The dresser of your choice should match the height and length of the fireplace you intend to have in place. That is all you need to worry about at this point. Not the colour and not the width, but the height and length. Suppose you want a huge fireplace, get a big dresser, and vice versa.

Now, here is the reason the dresser should not be in use. The next part involves removing all the drawers as well as interior hardware. By the time you finish taking out the parts, the dresser should be like a hollow space. This means all the runners and screws will no longer be in place. Best put, the dresser will be a shell of what it used to be. But no worries, if you ever want to use it for storing clothes and personal items again, you can put it back together.

Place the drawers aside, and from these, select the three faces you like the best. These should be the most undamaged faces. From these, take out the handles and fill the screw holes with glue. You can now take a small break to give the glue adequate time to dry. Maybe you could sip some hot coffee in anticipation of the fireplace.

Once the glue dries, you can now start attaching the faces to the shell of the dresser. Locate the topmost part of the open shell, where the top drawer used to be. Here, you can attach one face to the dresser using nails. If possible, use the smallest nails you can find, as this will ensure a smooth finish. Alternatively, you could screw the face onto the dresser from the inside.

After this, measure the space left between the attached face and the bottom of the dresser. Do not include the distance to the floor, and instead focus on the open space. Now relate this size to that of the two faces you have with you to help you decide what you will adjust.

If the length of the faces is shorter than the measurement of the open space, you need to trim the bottom of the dresser. But where the faces are longer than the space, you need to cut the pieces to size. What you need is for the pieces to fit, and you will make adjustments accordingly.

You can now attach the faces vertically to the dresser, one to the right, and another to the left. Use small nails for this to finish the setup smoothly. Suppose you cut off part of the dresser; you will need to create a base to make it look finished. Here is where you would need a coffee table with its legs cut off to create the setup.

Complete the fireplace by painting the inside black and the outside white as this will hide the wood. See? It is quite an easy process to complement the beauty of your residential log cabin. Best of luck!

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