I've always loved the look of a fireplace in a room. It gives the space a focal point, adds elegance and sophistication to the design, and provides warmth in the winter. The downside is that they are very costly to have professionally installed.
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I wanted to reap all the benefits of a fireplace without the price tag. So, I DIYed one.
I wanted one with a classic, simple design. I searched for months online for one that was classic, yet cheap. I even considered making one from scratch. I finally stumbled upon this one on Overstock.com. With the coupon I found online, I only ended up paying around $450 for it.
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My husband was at a New York Knicks game with my daughter when the fireplace arrived. Who said women can't do everything men can? I put that baby together all by myself in just about an hour then pushed it up against the wall. It didn't look bad, but I wanted something more professional-looking. So, the next day, I got my trusty chisel and a hammer and cut out a section of my base molding the same length as the fireplace.
Then I caulked the gap between the wall/baseboard and the fireplace, all the way around.
I love the way it looks in my living room! It is exactly what I had in mind and it only took around 2 hours to complete and a few hundred dollars.
Here's before (blahhh):
And here's after (ta-daaa):
What do you think???