Because we went with a black and white theme this year, our Christmas stockings didn’t quite fit in with our main gallery wall decor. We love them too much to not use them, so I was set on making a white on white, faux fireplace to display them! I knew Pinterest would provide me with some inspiration, but I wanted to make a more simplified version that required less.. Less materials and less time.
I searched the web for a cardboard box that was big enough to be the frame of the fireplace that didn’t require taping multiple boxes/pieces together. If you know me, you know I’m always trying to find the easier way out.
I, originally, wanted to use a faux brick wall panel, but Home Depot said they didn’t offer a custom-cut service for this particular product. While I could buy a saw of some sort to do the cutting myself, I started this project right before our trip to Kansas and my husband wasn’t confident that the panel would be that easy to cut. Luckily, I stumbled upon blushbybrookelyn’s DIY faux fireplace on Pinterest and I adapted her sandpaper method to create the faux brick effect.
- One 36” square box
- Sandpaper (I used 2 packs each of this fine grit pack and this pre-cut medium grit pack)
- Box Cutter
- Glue (I used an all-purpose Elmer’s glue that made the edges of the sandpaper curl up too often because it took so long to dry. I had to keep patting it down which prolonged the time it took to finish the project. I would try another glue.)
- Tape (I used white duct tape, but masking tape should work too.)
- White paint (I used craftsmart acrylic paint with a round sponge brush because I had it around.)
1. Build the box and layer the panels as shown in the picture above.
2. Mark and draw a line 8 inches in from the two sides and from the top of the box (on the inside and the outside of the box; white side and brown side).
3. Cut the top panel as shown in the picture. Then, score the brown side of the top panel using your 8” line and fold in the cut portion.
4. For the side panels, score the brown side on the 8” line. (Note* I skipped this step in photos, but I folded the bottom panel into the box, scored it on an 8” inch line, and cut off the excess.)
5. Fold and tuck the side panels into the box. Tuck the top panel in and tape it down.
6. Tape over any visible seams on the front and the back of the box. Cut your fine grit sandpaper to the same size as the pre-cut medium grit sandpaper. Start lining up your sandpaper in an offset pattern and glue it down. Mix up the fine grit and the medium grit to provide some more texture. Let the glue dry. (My fireplace isn't as neat as it could be because that Elmer's glue was not my friend.)
7. We attempted to spray paint the fireplace, but it looked splotchy so we went with plan b. I was just finishing up painting some canvas art and I had a lot of white acrylic paint left. I started from the bottom and worked my way up, going in a side to side motion. A small tin of real paint might work better though. A lot of things went wrong with this little project and I was in and out of town. I wasn't about to start the project all over, so I worked with what I had and just rolled with it.
Now, you’re ready to decorate! We used our fairisle stockings, a mini faux tree, real firewood, and some Christmas boxes we’ve collected from Target over the years.
Let me know if you give the faux fireplace a try! Feel free to tag me on instagram as well!