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Roadside Pick Up To Faux Fireplace

I love it when a transformation is so remarkable as this one. I saved this piece from a possible landfill life! This was a FREE Facebook Market Place pick up! Watch this junk get revived into a faux fireplace.


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.

pine wood 
wood burning 

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. 

junk revived

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.

faux fireplace 
old window
faux fireplace 
old window 

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

Thanks for reading and happy junking!


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Tara Lou

Mama, wife, furniture connoisseur, small business owner, nature-lover, homebody, hunter.

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