Amazon, I love you so much. Not only do you give me free two-day shipping (I’m Prime, bitches!) but you also show me awesome shit like how other Amazon users (Amazonians?) hack their products to make even awesome-er shit.
Like how “Bryan S” turned a SEI’s wall-mounted, gel fuel fireplace into a realistic fireplace, hearth and all, PERFECT for condos or even rentals. Do you remember the faux fireplace Katie built in her apartment? This is another option for the fireplace-less among you.
Here’s how he pulled it off, according to the photos and notes he uploaded to this Amazon listing…
We’ve always wanted a fireplace but we live in a condo so we can’t have a chimney built and we don’t really like any of the gas fireplaces that come with the mantel so we decided to give this a try.
We installed a marble backing wall, a patio stone hearth and a wall shelf mantel and then installed this over the marble and it looks like a real fireplace! We even mounted the TV above it.
Take a look at my pictures to see the construction process…
Step one: Apply marble backer
We picked up some 12×12-inch marble tiles on clearance at a local hardware store and applied them to a cement board backer with mortar. Once the mortar was dry, we filled in the cracks with a tan tile grout. The backer was secured to the wall with anchors on the sides and screws were drilled into the wall stud down the middle.
Step two: Mount fireplace and mantel
Placed the fireplace in front of marble to get and idea of how it will look.
We went to our local hardware store and picked up some patio paver stones in the lawn and garden section to build the hearth. (We weren’t happy with the ones pictured here so we returned them for some 12×12 patio stones.)
The mantel was just a flush mount crown molding shelf — you can find one for a pretty reasonable price at most stores that sell household goods. You can even find one on Amazon if you search for “crown molding shelf.”
Step three: Add molding around the marble
We added molding around the marble, and caulked around molding.
Then, add fireplace screen, light and enjoy! For the price, you can’t find a better deal.
Have any of you created fireplaces where there were none before?