After reading the post “my dog sleeps in the fireplace,” I realized that there are probably TONS of different uses for non-functional fireplaces.
Coincidentally, I am moving in a month into an apartment that has four (yes, FOUR) non-functioning fireplaces. There’s one in the living room, one in each of two bedrooms, and one in the kitchen.
I would LOVE to hear suggestions on what to do/how to decorate our non-functional fireplaces! -Kelly
The photo up above is my friend Drew’s non-functional fireplace. He told me that he didn’t want to use candles in the hearth, so I grabbed a bright painting (because it’s dark in there) and set it inside. He was pleased, and so was I, because I think fireplaces are a great place to display art! (Also, bonus points for the fact that Drew was watching Saved by the Bell when I asked him to send me a pic.)
Here are some other ideas from Offbeat Homies past…
Position your bed in front of a non-functioning fireplace, and use it as an awesome headboard.
Or add a pixelated fire to your non-working fireplace.
Our darling Sarakenobi had a plan: “Since there is no flue, I decided the fireplace was nonfunctioning. I painted the inside of it with fireproof paint, and I put my first nerdy thing in there — a painting of fire with the word “Incendio” which is a fire spell from Harry Potter.”
Or get some actual fire up in there with a funky candelabra like this guy.
MG’s fireplace didn’t work, so she piled her books in that space. (That was before selling everything she owned and moving to another country.) Ooh, or you could install shelves and turn it into a proper built-in book shelf!
I’m also super-digging these Resin Tealight Fireplace Logs, if you still want it to retain its fireplace-y style.
Finally, this is the option I’d use — the Real Flame, 24″, Convert-to-Gel Log Set. That way I could still have an ACTUAL fire going, without all the smoke that would, you know, kill you.
So what are y’all doing with your non-functional fireplaces?