Cool right? Well not long after I pinned that I found my very own vintage bookcase headboard at Goodwill for $12.99 so I got to work building my own!
I followed Marie's basic steps she outlined in her tutorial.
I used scrap wood that I had on hand. First I gave it a bottom, screwing the wood to the bottom of the headboard. Then I built a little 3-sided box for my "fire box". I did have to buy a piece of thin plywood to fill in the open areas between the sides of the headboard and the fire box but that was only $13.99 for a whole sheet and I didn't even use half of it.
You can see I cut up into the headboard a few inches to make my fire box the size I wanted.
I wanted the inside of the fire box to be chalkboard so I decided to be smart about it (for once) and I painted that piece before I attached it to the back of my fireplace! Aaaand I painted the rest of the fireplace at the same time.
It almost killed me though... I am SO impatient! I wanted to see it all put together so bad but making myself chill a little meant no taping and I could just paint away without being too careful! Yay!
I even primed the chalkboard before I attached it... I had my sh*t together for this project you guys! ;o)
I filled the screw holes in the fronts of the headboard legs with wood putty but I plan to purchase some of those little wooden furniture plugs for the holes on the insides of the recessed portions.
Then I drew a little chalk fire!!
What do you think?! I'm planning to put this up for sale in my booth at the antique mall. I could totally see it in an apartment that doesn't have a real fireplace... everyone needs a mantel to decorate don't you think?
Here's a before shot again...
And after... it's hard to tell what it used to be!
And here are some fun ideas I found on Pinterest for ways to decorate a faux fireplace: