DIY Faux Fireplace Headboard Makeover

30 June
I pinned a really cool faux fireplace made from a bookshelf headboard from The Interior Frugalista awhile back. Go ahead and take a look, I'll wait for you :o) **Insert music from Jeopardy here**

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!

how to make a faux fireplace from a twin size bookcase headboard

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:

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  1. Beautiful job Tania!! Love it! (especially the chalkboard flames!)

  2. Oh my gosh! I think this might be my favorite redo of yours! It is so cool! I have seen these faux fireplaces before but never realized some of them were made out of an old headboard. Genius! I love it and would love to have one in my bedroom...just not sure there's room. It's not very big. I am sure it will sell in no time! Today is your Friday right? If so, enjoy your 5-day weekend!!!

  3. It looks awesome! Love the faux fire!

  4. Oh Tania!! Super duper stinking cute. Love this one and you did a fantastic job on it. Way to have your sh*t together!! Should sell immediately. :)

    1. Thank you!! It's not very often that I have ALL my sh*t together! lol!


  5. Oh my goodness, you did an awesome job and I love your whimsical logs and flame. So clever! It's great that it has the bookshelf section for adding decor or books etc. I'm sure someone will snatch it up in no time.

  6. I so want to do this! I am on the lookout for a headboard now! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks Pam, I hope you find one soon and I hope you'll share when you get it finished!


  7. I love this! It looks so nice in white, and your choice to paint it with chalkboard paint is perfect. I think you're right, it would be perfect for an apartment!! Thanks so much for joining us at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. . We hope you'll come join us again tonight!


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