December 7, 2011

DIY Fireplace

We don't have a fireplace in our house.  In fact, since marrying we have not.  For some reason, this year it occurred to me that we could try our hand at making a hearth for ourselves. Here's how it went and how it turned out.

Materials Used:
  • three strips of paper from a white paper roll, measured and taped together to fit the space where you'll hang your final product
  • pencils
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • a couple of kids to help

The Process:

Originally I'd planned to do a nice wooden frame fireplace, but as a poor artist I was unsure how to give it any perspective.  Using a Google image search, I found lots of pictures of stone fireplaces - perfect for this immature artist!  I sketched out the stones and Elizabeth (age 7.5) drew in the fire.  Then we painted.  To get Brian (age 3.5) in on the action, I painted black outlines on the stones so he knew where to paint in with grey ... more or less ... he is only three!  Brian and I worked on that (I filled in stones with him after finishing every several outlines) while Elizabeth painted the logs and fire.

The finished product turned out even better than I could have imagined.
I repainted some stone outlines that had been somewhat painted over, to clean it up a bit.

Our new mantel, taped up on the front of a bookcase.

And the fully completed project with stockings and tree!

Merry Christmas!

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