When I first moved into my new home nearly a year ago now
there was something missing.
The lounge lacked a focal point and the wall lights were
placed in a very strange arrangement on the wall.
It screamed fireplace to me but there was no chimney
and very little budget to play with.
Christmas was on the horizon and I really wanted a mantel to dress.
Then I found this in a charity shop.
I didn't know quite how I was going to make it work or fit
but it was a steal so I thought I would give it a try.
Steve helped me collect it and he drove it home in the snow
with the boot open!
It then had a makeover.
First an undercoat, as it was a tad shiny.
Then a couple of coats of Farrow & Ball and it was ready to assemble.
I looked at fireplace plinths but they were really expensive
and at the end of the day I wasn't entirely sure this whole idea
would work or if I would like it long term.
So I went to B & Q and asked a very nice man
to cut me a piece of thick MDF to the correct size
and also a piece to sit at the back of the fireplace frame.
I painted the plinth with a black metallic finish paint.
It worked a treat and I was thrilled with it
but there was still the issue of what to fill the hole with.
(Please also note that I had to check that the Christmas tree would
fit in the corner too!
So with my new found drill skills I hung a mirror on the wall
and attached the fireplace to the wall so it wouldn't suddenly fall over.
(I can tell you're impressed!)
Then I went for a rummage in my sewing room upstairs
for just the right bit of fabric to cover the back board.
I found this!
It was the perfect size too.
Whoever made this so many years ago
stopped at just the right time.
Put it away and never made it into anything.
I wonder if she knew...
that I would treasure every stitch ...
even the tacking ones?
I loved it!
It made the room feel warm even though
it didn't give off any heat.
I have played all year with it.
Dressing it as the seasons changed.
Adding bits here and there.
Yes, lots of playing and...
hello Dan I didn't see you there!
Here we are in autumn.
'I'm going now' and 'Looking for clouds'
are living amongst the old books with Owl.
Jessies book keeps them company.
I hope you enjoyed the visit.
The Arkletts bid you farewell.
I wish you the best of days.