A fireplace is such a lovely design feature in a home. It instantly anchors a room and adds old-timey character. Unfortunately, many older homes have fireplaces that aren’t functional. Often the chimney isn’t up to code, or it has been blocked during some renovation, or, like mine, it was originally a coal fireplace and is no longer used. However, you don’t have to have a roaring fire to warm up a room! If you have a non-working fireplace in your home, there are lots of ways to fill that cold, empty box so that it adds coziness and ambiance to your home. Here are some great solutions:
Insert a Chalkboard
For a quick and easy solution, cut a piece of plywood to the size of your fireplace opening (or have it cut for you–most major home improvement stores will cut wood for around 10¢ a cut) and slap on a few coats of chalkboard paint. You can decorate it any way you want throughout the year!
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Stack Some Books
If you’ve got more books than you know what to do with, this one is for you! Bonus: it’s free! I love how cozy all these stacked up books look.
Image: AB Chao
Add Log Slices
This one starts with a piece of wood cut to size and painted black. Then all you need are a few logs and a saw. Cut slices off the logs and glue them to the board. Insert the whole thing into your fireplace and you’re done! I remember this same technique used in an Anthropologie display a couple years ago. I loved it then, and it looks just as great today.
Image: Swoon Worthy
Fill it with Logs
Here’s another one with logs, but this time using whole logs stacked up inside the fireplace. The painted ends add tons of whimsy and playfulness, but keep all that natural texture.
Image: The Art of Doing Stuff
Add Some Glow
This is pretty magical. Just add some sting lights to a glass container and enjoy the glow. These wiry string lights are everywhere now and are so beautiful. Love this.
Image: Urban Outfitters