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Roadside Pick Up To Faux Fireplace

We love it when a transformation is so remarkable as this one. We saved this piece from a possible landfill life! This was a FREE Facebook Market Place pick up! We love looking at the free section you never know the gems that are waiting for you.

Not quite sure what is was used for but it already had the charm of a faux fireplace it just needed some tweaking. The surround had a nice brick veneer but the top is what stumped me, a hole in it? Why the hole anyone? 

Here is what we did:

First a new top! We used pine wood to make a new top with a nice edge on it.  It needed a new bottom too. Then wood burned the new top to bring out the pine grain.

After the wood burning it was ready for some staining. A custom mixed our favorite General Finishes colors to make a Tobacco like stain. I made the top removable so it could be easily transported. 

Then it needed a hole for the fire. So we started cutting! My reciprocating saw works like a charm for these odd jobs. Because the hole now has exposed brick and that is just going to look unfinished I decided to frame the hole. I just used strips of wood not mitered so that the middle pieces held it all into place. However I still used liquid nail, there was no place to get a real nail or screw or bracket so thank goodness liquid nail is a thing. 

Next up,  Painted the brick seagull grey and top coated all of it with General Finishes High Performance stain. It still needed something else so I hung the window in front and added birch wood was cut to size and placed inside.

What have you saved from a landfill and repurposed? We would love to see!

Thanks for reading and happy junking!

Tara 

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Tara Lou
<p>19 years ago, I started my path in furniture by preserving antique furniture, and restoring furniture after home disasters. More recently I have started working with clients to revive their furniture to todays fashions. When I’m not chipping my nails flipping furniture I am out with my kids hunting, fishing, foraging, gardening or hiking.</p>

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