I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe, who is a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am LOVING Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Faux Fire Place Transformation

I finally finished painting in my new Sitting Room!!

But first, I want to these Hosts who were kind enough to feature my post, Few Different Plant Containers and Plant Stands,from last week's parties!!

Thanks Cyndee, over at Christman's Creations, for featuring it from last week's Idea Box Link Party!!
Thanks so much , Cyndee!!

 Thanks to Karren, over at Oh My Heartsie Girl, for featuring the post from last week's Friday Features Link Party!!
 Thanks so much, Karren!!
I also want to Thank Linda , over at Crafts A La Mode, for also featuring the same post from last week's What to Do Weekends Party!!
Thanks so much, Linda!!

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Back to my Faux Fire Place Transformation!!

I have had this piece of furniture for about 8 years now, of which it was in storage for about 2 years.
  It was my MIL's neighbor's, who was moving at the time and was going to throw it out!

  I can't stand to see things just tossed to the curb and when I looked at it, I envisioned a Fire Place !!

 Having nowhere to put it when we "acquired' it, it went into our storage shed,  just waiting ........

My son Jim moved out 6 years ago and I decided to make his room into a Guest Room......
Finally, I had room for a Faux Fire Place!!

 I  took off the middle doors, removed the shelves, painted the "firebox" black, freshened up the wood stain and gold leafed the embellishments on the doors.

  I then bought a 3 foot unfinished shelf, added 3 peel and stick floor tiles to it to create the "hearth" and placed it on the floor in front of the piece.

And this is how it looked for 6 years.........
Decorated for Christmas in my  "Guest Room" last year!!
This Summer, we gave the single bed in the Guest Room to a neighbor and bought a new recliner.

We have lived in this house for almost 38 years and NEVER had a Guest stay over so I felt I could make more use of this room by turning it into a Sitting Room!!

I will be revealing my new Sitting Room soon!!!

As part of the transformation into a Sitting Room from a Guest Room, I have been painting and painting!!!!

If you missed my post about A Few Paint Transformations.......
 Please click HERE
 If you missed my post on A Few Sneak Peaks of my new Sitting Room........
 Please click HERE

Painting several pieces of furniture that were of different finishes and in different condition was the best way to make all the pieces look a bit more uniform......

The last piece that I wanted to paint was my faux Fire Place.........
Changing it from this.......

To this.......
 Let me start at the beginning.......

First, I had to empty everything out......
 This piece provides me a lot of storage for all my magazines and some photo albums....
 I think it was originally a Bar of some sort......

 I took the doors off and then applied 2 coats of Kilz, which is a Primer and Sealer all rolled up into one!!
 You can see the difference it made already!!
 I left the "Fire Box" black......
Here's a door painted.....
I changed out the knobs for ones that I already had ......
These knobs with pink roses painted on them were once in the Powder Room but I replaced them when we remodeled that room......
I glued on 2 small ones on the bottom of this door to use to hang a banner, etc. from them........
I then wanted to dress up the piece a bit and make it a bit more ornate and have it look more like a Fire Place.......

I went to Lowe's and found these on Clearance!!
These were marked down to $1.06 a piece!!
I painted them and added them to the top of each door using E 6000 glue!!
I definitely think they glammed it up a bit, don't you??????
And these were $1.32 on clearance.......
So I painted them and glued them on here......

Looks good together with the other pieces..........
But I felt it needed  a bit more.......

I had bought these brackets which were part of a shelf set at a yard sale for $1.00 several years ago......

I will do something else with the shelf ......

I painted the brackets and glued them here.......
Totally liking this look!!
In the mean time, I had painted the floor of the "Fire Box" white and found one more piece in our storage room that I wanted to add.......
I bought this molding many years ago also on clearance in Lowes, I had Joe cut it and I then painted it and glued it here......
I still had one more thing to do and that was to paint the edges around the "hearth" white........
Now I was finally finished!!!!
And here is my transformed Faux Fire Place!!!
The mirror that is in the "Fire Box' is something Joe pulled out one of our the trash dumpsters for our Court!!!!
It fits perfectly in there!!
The lamp was bought for $1.00 at the Christmas Tree Shop on Clearance many years ago and the colored dragon fly lights are from Dollar Tree!
What a difference, huh?????
From this, when I first saw it.......
To this for the last 6 years....
And finally to this!!
 I did this in 3 days when it was 90 degrees out in an upstairs room with no air conditioning and with 2 tower fans blowing on me!

It darn near killed me but I am so happy with the final result!!

In my next post, I will share my Craft Room for the annual Where Bloggers Create Party!!

I will be a bit late in joining the party but I do promise to have the post done this weekend!!

So I hope you will be back to visit soon!!

   I hope you will also take some time to visit my Christmas Blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas, where I am posting, celebrating Christmas in July!!
  Click HERE to see my post on The Spirit of Christmas Books 5-8!!!

 And thanks to those who took the time out of their busy day to spend a little bit of time with me!!

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  1. Hi Debbie, fantastic work!!! Beautiful look! Have a lovely weekend! Kisses:))


  2. Loveeeeeeeeeee it!!! (you probably can hear me squealing from here, smiles)---you have such talent, Debbie. Have a beautiful weekend, friend.

  3. I love painted furniture so I love the new look for your fireplace. Very pretty...

  4. A pleasure to visit and what a lovely change with paint and wooden additions. Beautiful.

  5. You did it again - great look and totalling transformed.

  6. It looks great an amazing transformation Debbie,. I really like it. Happy Weekend with love Janice

  7. Debbie, What amazing vision you had with that old piece of furniture. The first makeover into the faux fireplace is gorgeous - especially all dressed up in your incredible Christmas style! The refresh is just lovely! Really brightens up your space and you did a fantastic job with it too. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned to share.
    Have a wonderful week and as always, take care of you and Joe!

  8. Wow what a difference paint makes, that looks terrific and I love all the ornamental changes you did to it, really gave it even more character, terrific job and glad you survived the heat!

  9. The piece looks entirely different now, Debbie. It is gorgeous! Great idea putting the mirror in the "fire box" as it give lots of depth and reality to the faux fireplace.

  10. Sorry I'm so late droppimg by....out of town Fri and Sat...moving furniture all day today!

    I love love love your new faux fireplace! The color is perfect and all the extra details you added just make it so special! Great job my friend! Can't wait for the tour of your new sitting room....hugs...

  11. I do love how you have updated it! I had no idea at first that you added so many details. I love the Victorian feel of it now. Great job!
    :) gwingal

  12. Such pretty things. You have one heck of a collection of stuff. My eyes were overjoyed.

  13. So sorry your blog go hacked! Never will understand will people do this? The fireplace looks so much better white, it just pops now and you can see the details on it. It really turned out gorgeous!

  14. I love painted furniture so I am loving your updated faux fireplace. What a difference the white paint makes and everything just pops on it. Great job, Debbie! Makes quite a statement in your room now. Thanks for sharing and linking. Enjoy your day.


  15. Wow...this turned out so cute!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. Oh wow. How pretty. As always! I think I love it white. It was great before but now it rocks! You are so thrifty and creative. I love how you upcycled it! Thanks for sharing this. I hope you can come by the new blog and leave a comment! http://www.mychristmasjourney.blogspot.com
    Enjoy your Thursday!

  17. Debbie, Wanted to let you know that your faux fire place transformation will be one of our features next week at Brag About It! It's fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Take care of you and Joe!

  18. What a vision you had Debbie! I would never have seen it and it turned out fabulously!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. I really like the piece painted white and the fun details you added.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. Way to go Debbie. The paint made all the difference.

    Thank you so much for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday this week. We are happy to have you. Pinning.

  21. I like your changes Debby and all the pieces you are painting white. It looks so much fresher and light. The fireplace DIY is great! Thanks for sharing and linking.

  22. Debbie, you have more energy! The fireplace is a great transformation.
    I'm sorry that you lost your blog of so many years. I can't understand how a think like that can happen. Does that mean that it is just gone? All those years of posts and photos no longer online? Makes me sad!
    Glad you are here with this new blog. Good luck!

  23. Wow, Debbie--what a difference! I love all of the special touches you added ~ thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  24. You get so much done. I feel so lazy reading your post. Nice job.

  25. I thought I liked the old cherry finish better until I realized all the extras you had added to glam the fireplace up Pink roses are my absolute favorite, and I love all the frou frou! My daughter has been gone 15 years; I have been "collecting" to redo her room; you gave me some impetus! lastrose51@aol.com

  26. Love. Love love that furniture transformation! What a smart idea ,I'm seeing it decked out for christmas going back over to there!


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