A New Thrifty Treasure Find...
& A Faux Fireplace Update
It's "Thrifty Thursday"!
Hello my friends...I'm so happy to have you come by today for a visit! I have an update on my faux fireplace project and a new treasure find that I would like to share with you!
I'm joining in today with Leigh over at Tales From Bloggeritaville for "Thrifty Thursday"! Please go by and pay Leigh a visit and while you're there you can visit all of the other Thrifty Thursday participants! Thank you, Leigh for hosting this fun filled Thursday event for us!!!
It's "Show & Tell Friday"!

I am also participating in "Show & Tell Friday"...hosted by Cindy over at My Romantic Home. You won't want to miss out on Cindy's lovely Show & Tell today...please go by and see her! You will find a list of all the other Show & Tell participants over at Cindy's! Thank you, Cindy...for hosting this fabulous Friday party for us!!!

Update on my Faux Fireplace Project...

Some of you have been following the progress of my faux fireplace project, but for those who haven't...let me give you a "quick catch-up"!
I have wanted a fireplace in my living room for the longest time! The photo above is an "inspiration photo"...I found it quite some time ago on the internet and fell in love with this beautiful fireplace the moment I laid eyes on it! Isn't it gorgeous? I love the beautiful lines and rich ornate detailing of this fireplace mantel!!! Ohhh...and it looks simply dreamy against those beautiful olive green walls! I love everything about this photo...from the fabulous fireplace right down to the stack of old books that are being used for a little table!
This is the "ambiance" that I would love to reproduce in my living room!!!

My Living Room....

A photo of my living room.

This is what my living room looked like before adding the faux fireplace. If you would like to see all the "how to's"...each step of the metamorphosis...you can click HERE.

My New Fireplace Mantel...

Taaa Daaa! My new faux fireplace!
I would love to have a real fireplace but it just isn't feasible at this time...so the next best thing...a faux fireplace! My goal was to make this faux fireplace look as "real" as possible! This is where I am...to date...on the project. There is still so much that I would like to do...like creating a tile surround for the mantle.

Stay tuned for further updates...hopefully I'll have something new to share with you for this upcoming Metamorphosis Monday!


I am just thrilled with my new mantel!

I love the rich detailing...and the cherry finish is gorgeous! I love, love, LOVE how the rich tone of the cherry finish looks against the olive green walls! And...I love the beautiful ornate scrolls...all the wood carvings...and ohhh...those pedistals!!! I guess that you can tell...I am in love!!! Hehe!

This is the rich and regal ambiance that I had hoped to achieve...remember my "inspiration" photo? I have a ways to go but I think I'm on the right track...what do you think?
My New Mantle...A Thrifty Find!
Believe it or not...I found this fabulous mantel at JC Penneys! It was originally priced at $800.00 but was on sale for 50% off...making it just $399.00! I also had a coupon for free shipping to boot! Yeeeehawww!!!

My Newest "Thrifty" Treasure Find...

I Love Craigslist...

Well...to make a long story short...since I now have a faux fireplace, I have had to do a bit of furniture rearrangement. I had a sofa and love seat in this area of my living room (as seen in the first photo). I really was never quite happy with this situation since the sofa and love seat are such big pieces...they really just "shrunk" the size of this already narrow room. So I decided to move the sofa to the guest room upstairs and just keep the love seat. Now...in my decorator's "mind's eye"...I could just see a couple of smaller accent chairs...flanking each side of the fireplace! I'm tellin' ya what...I am so blessed because as soon as I had thought this...I found a couple of accent chairs on Craigslist!
I was able to pick the pair up for $70. They really are in perfect condition!!! I was so pleased!!!

Voila! One of the new accent chairs beside the fireplace! They are perfect!!! However, as much as I love these little chairs...I think I am going to give them a "facelift"! I'm thinking a different finish and fabric! Got any ideas? I would love to hear them!!!
Well my friends...thank you so much for stopping by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!

Love ya'll,




LV said...

That mantel is really neat. You did very well with all the added touches you have done. You have a lovely home as it is, but now you are adding the icing on the cake.

Sharing with Sherri said...

Oh girl I love those chairs and have been seaching craigslist for a pair like those too!!

WOW, what a deal you got on them!!! I love them the way they are and wouldn't change a thing...

You lucky, lucky girl, I'm so happy for you!!


Carol at Serendipity said...

Good job on the fireplace and the chairs are marvelous. You are definitely on the right track!


Blondie's Journal said...


You know I love the fireplace and a tile surround will look fabulous. The chairs are an absolute steal!! I love them. Maybe a new fabric, only because the cureent blends in with your carpet...otherwise, fantastically thrifty!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh the fireplace is looking just gorgeous. I love it. I can't wait to see what you do to finish it off. The chairs are stunning. I think I would love to see the chairs with the wood dark like the fireplace and the fabric a light color. I love that look. I know you will pick out the perfect thing. Hugs, Marty

Stacey said...

You are going to have one beautiful place to sit! I can't believe you got those chairs for such a good price. Nice job!

Theresa said...

Love your new accent chairs! They are perfect beside your new fireplace! I think the chairs look so good with the carpet and agains the green walls. Great job, my dear!

Unknown said...

Oh, your mantle is just gorgeous and I love the craig's list chairs. I know what you mean about your sofa being too big for the room. We have that going on. I'm searching for just the right replacement.

Your home looks very, very lovely :)


Unknown said...

Hello! Very beautiful mantel! I've been eyeing them at JCPenney as well. I can't wait to see the room complete. And craigslist, you never know what your going to find.And it makes selling easy also!

Salmagundi said...

I absolutely love your new chairs. I would have bought those in a minute! Things are quiet here - Bob has gone to take care of his mother as she is not doing well and in the hospital. They were going to move her into assisted care this weekend, but now they aren't sure but she may have to go to a nursing home. Time will tell. Beautiful day out today. Take care, Sally

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

wow what a great job picking out that mantel or mantle (think you can spell it both ways). IT is beautiful. Will look foward to what you do from here!

Carolyn said...

I love the mantle and I am sure you will have it looking as good as your inspiration one in no time.


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Chari,
Those are just perfect! What a deal, I love them and you are certainley on the right track! I just love Craigs List too and it's my favorite furniture store right now. heehe. That mantle get's prettier and prettier every time I see it! Well my dear, I have had quite the day but blogging sure makes it better. Hugs and I'm thinking of you. Cindy

Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, oh, I want your chairs. They are so beautiful. Those and the fireplace - you must feel like royalty in your beautiful home. I'm watching your progress with the mantel. I just know its all going to be so gorgeous.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful fireplace/mantel and chairs! Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog tonight and for the kind compliments.

xinex said...

Oh Chari, those chairs look like they were meant for that area. The colors match the carpet so perfectly too. Beautiful! What a lucky find! Fabulous fireplace mantel, so pretty!
Thanks for stopping by. I had so much fun in London, love the city! I have a little post about it before tablescaping but I'll do a big one for Sightseeing Sat. Of course it was a pleasure trip. All of my trips are for pleasure since I don't work, LOL!
I hate that the best pieces were the ones broken on the china set. It makes me sick learning about the value. The gravy boat with attached underplate came broken and it is priced at $109.95 on Replacements.com. The covered vegetable's cover is broken and and the value on replacements is $159.95. There were a lot more broken like 3 cream soup cups, etc. Sorry for the whining, lol! I am actually still happy....Christine

Barbara Jean said...

Absolutely LOVE your mantle!!
And your chairs are great sitting there.
Maybe a darker wood, or even black.
And fabric, so many types would look great on them. What ever you chose will be wonderful!!

Well, I'm rambling as i try to think of how to thank you for your timely visit, and sweet words.
It always encourages me to have you come by.

hugs and blessings and fun, fun, fun, about your mantle!!

Barbara jean

Laura said...

Oh my- everything looks wonderful- but it ALWAYS does!

When do you start decorating for Christmas?

I can't wait-


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My friend, Now girl you know I would love those chairs and I think they look wonderful as is..with all your great pillows you make add some Frenchy ones to them...This is looking so great girl...How are you feeling..All is fine here my friend...I'll email you later and tell you whats going on...Love ya my friend..May you have a GREAT day..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Anonymous said...

Your faux fireplace is fantabulous!!! You are so very talented. Your blog is beautiful and your ideas are fresh, creative, and clever. I'm going to sign up to follow you as soon as I see what else you have going on around here. I see a lot of things that you might want to link to my Wednesday party next week -- the boardwalk bragfest. No need to be humble about a project you've worked so hard on. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Hi Chari! Thanks for your comment on my post, and yes -- Good dries clear! :-) It's actually sort of a gel consistency and it comes out of the tube clear, too.

We recently bought an old mantle at a flea market to "create" a fireplace -- right now, it's alone on the wall so I'm looking forward to seeing what you do so I can make mine look more real (I actually like the black inset -- ours has no inset so you just see the wall. I think I see a sheet of plywood and black paint in my near future. :-) And the CHAIRS! Love them. Looks like the wood has some lovely tones so I would leave it (for all the times I say I'm going to paint wood, I can never actually bring myself to do it!). A new fabric might be nice...maybe a neutral linen so you can make them "go" with anything...but I think it also looks like the fabric that's one them is in good shape. Great thrifting!! :-)

Its So Very Cheri said...

super duper gorgeous.


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I love, love, love your fireplace mantel. Even if you don't have any actual fireplace to go with it. I wish I had a beautiful wood mantel like that for mine. Maybe someday. I'll just drool over yours. Can't wait to see how you dress it up.

And I love the chairs you got on Craigslist. Great deal!!!

Take care & I'll talk to you later.

Lynette said...

How beautiful everything is looking so far! Love your gorg-o faux fireplace mantle and those chairs - who doesn't love craigslist?

I can see them a darker color wood, sort of like your fireplace (which was a total deal, by the way) with a lighter toned fabric - something olive-y, cream with maybe some black in it to help ground it some - I really sound like I know what I'm talking about huh? I'm sure you'll do a great job no matter what you do and I can't wait to see it!

Have a good one friend -

Gwen said...

If you build it, they will come. Can I sit in one of those soon to be even lovelier chairs near your faux fireplace?

I bet you that it "warms" the room right up!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Chari

I saw your comment on Laura's blog (Shorehouse Chic) so i wanted to come over and look at your faux fireplace. It looks so beautiful! I've also wanted a fireplace in my house but settled for one of the pieces that Home Depot sells that is a heater/ fake burning wood insert that plugs in. It's nice but not as spectacular as yours!

My son and Daughter-In-Law live in Colorado ...love your state!

Lenore said...

Your new faux fireplace is simply beautiful, Chari......and how lucky were you with the price!!!!
Then the side chairs are also just right for your room....altogether FAB!

Anonymous said...

Ok I see your off like a speeding rocket with your projects again!! I love the fireplace and can't wait to see how you accessorize it- you are so good at that sort of thing!! The chairs are such a great deal too and look perfect in your room!! Craigs list doesn't work too well in little towns like ours but gosh I wish it did!!

I was so pooped today - yesterday I fixed a tea luncheon for one of my hospice people. Brought all the dishes,linens and made the food- everyone had a great time but it was all I could do to go fix super when I got back. Today felt the same but needed to wash a white tree that I had picked up at a thrift store. Took it out and sprayed her down and before I knew it I had my can of paint out and painted 3 different pieces of furniture!!! It's funny how sometimes if I just push it works- other times I just crash more! Anyways had fun!

I think it was a good thing I painted today as it sounds like the cold and snow is on it's way again!


Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

It's wonderful Chari, just wonderful!!! I hope this message finds you doing well. I'm so excited for you that you've got your "fireplace". I need one too. lol! You have a great day!

Tootsie said...

Girl...you hit gold when you found those fabulous chairs!!! this make over is going great for you and I am so happy to see that...and can't wait for the big final reveal!
I do hope you have a wonderful weekend if I don't get time to stop over before then...I love seeing your name in my comments...you are always so sweet and it makes me smile!

Unknown said...

Hi again my friend! Thanks for your sweet comments. I was on RMS, but not under mommyofthree.I've since deleted it, but I was under hortonwhos. I love your taste, very elegant and beautiful!
God Bless,

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Beautiful. And I love the chairs. I have friends who swear by craigslist. I have yet to buy one thing there, which I'm sure makes me a genuine fuddy-duddy. :)

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Your fireplace is coming along wonderfully! It really is a stunning mantel!

Perfect side chairs you found! They are going to look great!

Have a fantastic day!

Diann :)

Hootin' Anni said...

One word comes to mind.....aMAZing!!!!

My Thanksgiving decorations are posted today for show n tell Click Here

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Chari,
Thanks for stopping by Carolina Panache. As usual I've been up to my eyeballs in busy! I haven't been by to visit for a while so I thought I would pop over today. I love the look of your site. It's been changed since I last visited.
Gotta tell you that I LOVE your fireplace mantel. It's just the perfect thing for Christmas. You will have so much fun decorating your mantel. The options are endless!!! And those chairs are wonderful. I also love the pretty shade of green in your living room. I have a soft mossy green in my family room and sunroom. Green is such a neutral color it can go with anything. I believe green must be God's favorite color. He used so much of it when creating this world!
I'm doing a post on Christmas mantels today. Lots of inspiration pictures to get your ideas going. Stop by for a visit.
Your friend,

rebekahweckerly@gmail.com said...

OH MY GOSH!!! That mantel and those chairs are to die for!!! beautiful!!!!

Anonymous said...

oh girl,i have a real fireplace and i'll trade with you.that is some kind of gorgeous.and those chairs.that is not something i am good at but i love them as they are.
santa maker could sure give you some ideas.that is her expertise.
i was wondering.i am about ready to go dancing.do you think we could all meet in the midle somewhere and go dancing?
seriously,i am feeling that good.thanks to the Lord and all those prayers sent up for me.i feel so good.tee hee.love ya....anniepoo

Joyce said...

Those chairs were a wonderful deal and look great next to your new cherry fireplace. Your home is lovely.

The Watts Family said...

Wow everything looks wonderful..did you scream when you saw those chairs? they match perfectly with your room what a great find...enjoy your new faux fire place~ Blessings Heather;D

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Oh Chari! You are the sweetest soul!! I've missed you too! I like your mantle better than the one in your inspiration room! It is absolutely gorgeous! I love JCPenny's! Obviously you got a great deal on a beautiful faux fireplace! And those chairs!!!!! I don't know what you have in mind but I think they're perfect! Does the loveseat match the sofa you had where the fireplace is now? Cause if it does I think the chairs are perfect as is. But I know when we get a great bargain like those chairs you want to update them and make them all yours! Whatever you do will look beautiful! Can't wait to see what you do with your fireplace at Christmas!! Love Ya Girlfriend! God Bless! Lauralu :)

Gypsy Heart said...

I love it! Your colors remind me of "me". :-) Just beautiful and I can't wait to see more.

Unknown said...

That is a beautiful fireplace and you got a great deal on the chairs.
I can't wait to see the finished room, Thanks for sharing.

TQ said...


On the cold days a warm cup of cocoa, a good book, take the phone off the hook and nestled in for a lovely quiet treat for yourself.


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such an enjoyable visit! Your mantle is gorgeous! Just as lovely as your inspiration picture. And the chairs seem perfect even without a makeover. So nice stopping by!

My kids are always telling me about Craig's list. Well, I needed a new stove and guess where I found one. Yup... going to pick it up early next week.

Sandra said...

Stunning additions to your beautiful room!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

How wonderful to fulfill your inspiration with this beauty. It looks so warm and cozy. A darker finish on the chairs might look good with the dark fireplace. Regardless, the chairs and fireplace look great.

Annette said...

What a gorgeous mantel! It looks lovely in the room. And I know you will create a gorgeous vignette for it and those chairs were a great find. I can't wait to see the completely finished wall.

podso said...


I love the fireplace! And I can't believe how perfect those chairs are--what a find. Looking forward to seeing how you refinish them, though they look good as they are! You are busy, but I see how you love what you are doing!


Unknown said...

Hi Chari!

I love your new fireplace--it really looks fabulous. It is so warm and classy! And those chairs! Love the shape of them.

Thanks so much for stopping by my place yesterday and leaving such wonderful and warm comments about my window boxes and master bath. You are just so sweet and sincere. Had to take a minute to stop by your place today and I'm glad I did!

Hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend. It is absolutely gorgeous here in Walla Walla. Snow all around on the mountaintops and sunshine all day. Life is good.


Brenda Pruitt said...

Those are classic style chairs. Should be able to use them anywhere forever. You got a great buy! I see them in a muted light tone.

Andrew said...

Ummmmm, LOVE the mantle. Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my blog...You are too sweet, and I really appreciate it....I can't wait to spend some time pouring all over this blog....I am now a follower and can't wait to see what else you do.

I don't have a mantle in our new cottage....I am making Andrew build one for me to use at Christmas. I just can't have Christmas without a mantle. I also redid my master bath with $100. It was my own $100 challenge. I'll be posting it next week.....I am in love with it....

I love making new friends!!! I can't wait to get to know you better...

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

LOVE the mantel! You have given me and idea for a post I need to share on my blog. Your fireplace looks amazing , as do the chairs. What wonderful treasures you found!
Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week, and as always thank you for being a friend in Bloggeritaville.
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