Thank you Lord for this Snow Day! I needed some time with my family, organizing, and of course DIYing!
After the roads were all plowed away we could not help but head over to our favorite store Lowes (of course) and pick up some wood for our next project. I believe most people were over there picking up salt, shovels, etc...to clean up after this mess we got here in the NE, but us...yep just some wood. I do believe we are the only crazy people thinking about buying wood on a day like today. Oh-well I look at it as a perfect opportunity to be home to get another lovely project checked off.
This past week I shared a post all about Adding Character to a Home. I rounded up some of my favorite ways other bloggers have added character in their homes and linking back to their pages, where they share their tutorials. It was a perfect opportunity to open up to today's post, about adding Character to our Master Bedroom with a Faux Brick Chimney and Fireplace.
Step 1 in Adding Character to our Master Bedroom
Why Step 1? Well because this is going to be a work in progress. This is going to be a multi-step process and posts sharing how we are adding character to our room with a faux fireplace and more!
I have been dreaming since we moved in about adding a gorgeous Fireplace to our room. Something I have always wanted since I was a little girl, and our room is just big enough to add one. Of course...it can't just be any fireplace...I wanted something Vintage!
Step 1: Finding a vintage mantle....wayyy to expensive!
Step 2: Finding way to create a vintage feel to my mantle w/o spending too much money.
Step 3: Convince the Hubby to do it!
Step 3: Convince the Hubby to do it!
After googling and searching for ideas and photos I really gravitated to chippy/reclaimed brick. I especially love the look of exposed vintage chimneys. "Light Bulb" moment! Creating a Faux Reclaimed Chimney with a DIY Vintage Mantle!
Okay...I know sounds a little strange right? I still think it sounds a bit out there...but that's my favorite kinds of projects...ones that no one has done yet...original...daring...and all in my (non-stop creating) head lol.
So today I am sharing all about how we created our Reclaimed Exposed Chimney...and of course with a white chippy finish. The wood we picked up today from Lowes, is for Step 2 (our mantle) and I should be sharing that hopefully some time in the next week. So this means...if this does not work out...you will all know just as soon as I do. I do have faith in it working though. The idea behind it all is to create a faux look and not create a fireplace that looks like it works. I want it to seem as though we purchased one from a vintage store and added it to our reclaimed chimney...make sense?
So back to the "Exposed Chimney" and how we created this look....
Lucky for us Lowes has Brick paneled boards...something I have been seeing all around blog land and it really is a great secret for a price of $25 a piece to create a wall of character. Lowes cut the brick into 3 separate pieces for us to create the "box" that would create our chimney.
After buying and traveling home with the piece...see below picture (yep that's the drive home) I'm in the passenger seat haha...Now, it was time to install!
Once home, hubby had to build a frame for the brick to rest on. Lucky for us he just bought a new Stud Finder which helped to locate the studs to easily screw the wood into the wall.
Sorry for the poor picture quality...these are done with my camera phone.
Creating the Frame
- After deciding on the measurement of how wide you want the box to be, cut each piece horizontally, with 2x2 wood to the measurment of the desired width. Screw each piece into wall.
- Add Long (7ft) wood 2x2's on top of the horizontal pieces. (This allows the box/brick chimney to be 4 inches off of the wall, creating more depth)
My man installing the brick wall.
Glue boards onto wood and complete with finishing nails. Wall should feel complete and secure once nails and glue are in place. On to my favorite part...painting!
As you can see the Brick is pretty U-G-L-Y, with black grout and the deep red color. Not exactly what I was going for when looking through inspiration. I really want the brick to feel chippy, with white paint, red poking through, and texture. This leads me to the next step...
Accomplishing the Brick "Reclaimed" paint affect
First Step, I decided to paint the brick a redder shade since the current red was definitely too deep. I stopped over at Michaels Craft Store for some acrylic paint to help make this possible. A few shades of reds, orange, browns, and golds to create a brick with depth. I had a pack of sponge brushes to help with the faux painting technique. Combining in my Picaso paper dish I made sure to add a little of each color to my sponge without mixing the paints together in a swirling method.
Next step to painting the Brick is to use a white grout combining Plaster of Paris and White Latex paint. If you remember I used the same combination to create my own DIY Chalk Paint for my Vintage Dresser. The difference here is I added a bit more plaster to create more of a texture to resemble a grout or painted concrete. I used my good ol' pointer finger for this and spread the paint into each grout line...not being too perfect as to keep with the messy feel of reclaimed brick.
The above photo you can see me with my "Picasso" plate while hubby was helping me out adding red to the bricks that were way too hard for me to reach (I'm only 5'1").
Following the red step, I used white paint onto a sponge (purchased at Michaels) to add the texture and plaster affect to the brick. I really wanted to keep the brick feeling light in color so adding this to the brick really helped to brighten it up. Dab the white sponge in a random pattern not completely covering each brick.
Once the paint it dry, I added Wood Filler to random areas to add texture...really completing the look of a worn textured authentic brick. Definitely be messy in this step leaving patches of textured areas to what looks like may be left behind after pulling off a plaster wall revealing the natural beauty of the brick.
Lastly, Sand each area with red sand paper. The red helped to lighten up some of the brick color without removing too much paint or altering the color. I really was aiming for a more natural feel so this step was important to fix all the humanly imperfections.
This was an incredibly fun project to do! Something so different than I have yet to do and there is nothing like taking something fake and making it seem real to the eye. I am so ready to create that mantle and complete this makeover. Even more so I am so excited to show ya'll! (felt appropriate after watching Fixer Upper tonight) lol
Please stop by for Step 2 in completing the mantle...and all the other changes we plan to make in our Master for a charming romantic room.
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