We have a fireplace!!!!
I've been working on this since Thanksgiving...
It has been "built" since December,
"painted" since mid-January,
and completely "done" since last week! YIKES!
Admittedly....the holidays, family, travel,
and (of course) being pregnant were more of a "priority" than playing!
Okay.....I admit it....I've been "working" on some other projects, too...
we will see those later. :)
This is meant to be a "simple" fireplace that can be adapted to many different styles of doll play. I have attached some finish ideas at the bottom of the project. By simply changing some of the finishes, you can have a completely DIFFERENT look!!
I will be adding some fun fireplace accessory ideas in another post....don't fret! :)
1 - 1x6 @ 24" (hearth-bottom)
1 - 1x6 @ 22" (fireplace mantel face)
1 - 1x4 @ 24" (fireplace mantel top)
2 - 1x3 @ 11.5" (fireplace vertical surround face)
2 - 2x2 @ 17" (fireplace vertical surround back)
2 - 1x2 @ 17" (fireplace vertical surround)
1 - 1/4" MDF @ 18.5"x 21.5" (fireplace backing)
about 30" (linear) of decorative quarter round (nailed under 1x4 mantel)***OPTIONAL
about 8" (linear) of square dowel (same size as quarter round)***OPTIONAL
Drill / countersink bit
paint or stain to finish (I used white paint for the mantel, black for the MDF backing, and "stone look" spray paint for the hearth)
13. Fill all holes and cracks with wood putty. Let dry. Sand well. Finish as desired. (Finish your MDF backing as desired, and then once entire piece is dry, nail onto back.)
*This fireplace can be made "modern" or "simple" by simply painting it white as I did.
*You could add "real" mosaic tiles to the hearth and vertical face for a "European" look.
*There are small "pebbles" that can be purchased in a "tile sheet" at the hardware store...add those and some grout for an "old-world", "cabin", or "pioneer" feel.
*You could also "decoupage" a "brick-print" scrapbook paper onto the face, hearth, and MDF backing, and then stain the mantel a dark wood color: instant "colonial"!
*For those who are REALLY creative and who work with foam core, a simple box can be made and "inserted" into the current opening so that it mimics MODERN fireplace inserts placed into "old" fireplaces!
Here is the fireplace pictured with a 23" My Twinn and an 18" American Girl:
Please feel free to use these plans to build furniture, for sale or for pleasure, but please do not sell the PLANS as your "own". Please also give credit to me and link back here! I hope you enjoy them!!
***I am NOT LIABLE for any plans featured here. Please take every precaution and use your own discretion to make sure these toys are safe for children to play with them.