Fake Fireplace Idea | When You Don’t Have A Real One

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Fake fireplace idea and more for you today.
Do you have a mantel surround or a fireplace in your home that serves no real purpose? This is simply the easiest DIY project ever and so much fun! In fact, I can’t even call it a DIY, but here’s what I came up with for a fall touch at night.
fake fireplace idea

In the seasonless south it’s all about creating that feeling with my own spin on what it means to feel cozy by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate in hand (or in this case, glass of wine:~). It’s been gloomy and wet most of the week, so I had a little time to “warm up” the master bedroom mantel today and change it around with a few autumn touches.
fireplace mantel for fall with copper and gold

I’m bringing in some of my favorite metals, which are copper and gold. Some think that it’s taboo to mix the two, but I love all metals mixed together in a room setting.


decorating a fake fireplace for fall ideas

A vintage copper bucket that is filled with fall foliage from the “faux department” of my studio. Of course I don’t have a department…tongue in cheek if you will be I have several containers of silk flowers and divide them by season and store in plastic containers.The gold mirror is a vintage frame with convex glass that I painted in Krylon Looking Glass Paint (affiliate link) and distressed. I talk more about that technique in THIS post. You can see a peek of the fake fireplace idea below that came to me one evening, when the mantel is dark and gloomy.


faux fireplace fall copper and gold
As I mentioned, this is a useless mantel and we ripped it out of an old home that was being renovated. Since we don’t need a working fireplace for heat, welcome to my faux fireplace idea with some birch logs covered in stringlights. I told you this is fun! Just toss the lights over logs or hang them under the mantel, no rules required.

fake fireplace idea with string lights

I know that everyone doesn’t have a copper bucket around the house, but if you see one at a thrift shop or yard sale…grab it! Copper acts to reflect a warm light and does a great job of that at night.

How To Create A Faux Fireplace When You Have No Real One


fireplace ideas for fall

The glow of the lights is so pretty against the copper and at night it looks like a fire is truly burning!


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  1. The fireplace looks magnificent, Janet! Love the idea of putting wood in the boiler, and covering it with the twinkly lights! I bet it looks wonderful at night. Congrats to the winner of the $100.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Love the copper! I like the idea with the lights in the fireplace. Congratulations to the lucky winner.