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Monday, May 19, 2014

Front Porch Faux Fireplace

I have been keeping an eye out at the auction and estate sales for a piece that could be repurposed as a faux fireplace for the front porch.....and Saturday was my lucky day!   
The auctioneer described her a "kindling" when she came up for sale and kind of laughed......haha....little did he know that I had been eyeing this piece all day!   There weren't very many people at the auction and most of them were men...with no eye for a real!
The auctioneer said  "does anyone want to bid on this piece of kindling"  and I said $1.....and got the bid!   He even described the piece as a headboard....which it isn''s the top to a big dresser.   I even got the mirror that was setting on top of it for the dollar!

H gave her a fresh coat of paint and I think she's beautiful!
Here is a before and after of the back side of  the new faux fireplace.
There is a vintage iron glider on each side of the fireplace .....can you see our little trailer in the background of this photo?
I decorated the top of the fireplace with some mantle clocks that I also got at the auction Saturday....
All three were in a box that I paid $2.50 for .   There weren't any works inside any of them,  but I thought they would make cute bird nests.   I also bought two other boxes that were full of non working cuckoo clocks....I have some ideas on how to repurpose them,  I'll show you if it works out!  Not all of my ideas work!
I added some extra bling to the front of the fireplace with some "home interior like" sconces that I bought at a yard sale for $1 each.  They were gold when I bought them but I forgot to get the before picture.   I turned two of them sideways to make a banner holder.
I have some comfy pillows on the gliders....$3 for the 2 pillows and both shams at a yard sale.
I thought the "fireplace " looked too flat on the top,  so I had H screw the mirror that came with it to the back and the clocks to the top.  I like the way the fountain reflects in the mirror.

I love my new faux cost.....under $10.   Now that's my kind of price!!!


  1. Amazing idea, and you got it done already! Love your glider, keep hoping to find one. Your outdoor space is beautiful

  2. You are one woman full of great ideas and know how to get a bargain! Oh my heavens, you turned that kindling into a flamboyant and eye catching fireplace! You did a lovely job creating, Penny, and so fast too!

  3. Oh Penny,
    I love it. How I wish I could find one like that. I want to redo my fireplace and that would look perfect inside too. You were very lucky and your H is such a great guy! I love the pale pink paint. So very pretty! Your auctions sound amazing in your area. Wow! Have a lovely day! Karen

  4. You have got to be kidding me!

  5. Who but you would see a fireplace in that piece? You constantly amaze me, Penny. I love how much fun you have with everything you do- xo Diana

  6. Simply amazing - you can make a silk purse our of a cows ear!!! Can you tell I'm from the Midwest?? The only thing I would worry about is reflection from the mirror causing a fire - I'm just being paranoid I know! I all look wonderful!

    1. IT all looks wonderful! Mind is faster or maybe slower than my typing!

  7. Bonjour chère amie,

    Lorsqu'on parvient à se projeter sur un objet... c'est sensationnel ! Je vous félicite pour cet achat qui fait votre bonheur.

    Gros bisous ♡

  8. I am always amazed at the prices you pay. We would never get anything like that here in Australia for those prices.
    You and H did a great transformation as always. So pretty. Love those pillows and quilts.

  9. You are so creative. I never would have come up with such a wonderful idea!! I just love it!

  10. Oh My God! So amazing!!! Just gorgeous. You are very very creative and your romantic and shabby style is wonderful

  11. beaucoup d'imaginations et de gout
    c'est formidable , tout est si romantique ♥♥♥
    edith (iris)

  12. This is amazing! Just love it and appreciate your post. I love making my outdoor space unique and you've given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Oh my gosh, that is ADORABLE!!!! Love, love, love the space and the fireplace is perfect for it!

  14. So clever, Penny, I really thought it was a fireplace when I first saw it. Congrats on a great find and DIY/reno! Thank you for joining the History & Home link party at We Call It Junkin! ~ Dawn

  15. This looks so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  16. Oh my gosh! This is such a great post! I love it! :)
    love, rosie

  17. Hi Penny! I kept hoping you would take a photo of the view of the front of the house so we could see how you had positioned your faux fireplace. You certainly "stole" that piece. I have only been to one auction...and only for a few moments..but wasn't there to bid. I really would like to experience one some day. You really get wonderful prices on the things you want. :) Good job Penny. I am getting braver and braver the way I do some things thanks to you. It's fun!

  18. What wonders you do find.... and this one is definitely prize worthy!! How much fun to have such an amazing "fireplace" on your porch.

  19. Oh wow! This looks so amazing! Heavenly!

  20. You are so creative!! That looks like a marvellous place to sit on a summer's evening!

  21. I love your imagination and decorating skills. The only question I have is do you have to bring everything in when it rains? Though it looks like a fantasy. Simply beautiful and pink is my favorite! Blessings, Catherine

  22. You have such an eye for treasures! I truly admire your see beauty in what others would consider "kindling". Thanks for linking up to my Creative Ways Link Party!

  23. Oh my, that's wonderful! You do have an eye for potential and a gift for repurposing.

  24. Very creative! I wish I had the ability to see a piece of furniture's potential like that. Unfortunately, I'm about as creative as Dumbo. See? Even my analogies suck.

    Beautiful piece though.

  25. Your mind must always be working creatively....great eye. Thanks for sharing on the Thursday blog Hop!

  26. I cannot believe you got that for one dollar! I bet they regret that now! Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

  27. Great opportunnity and change!!

  28. Wow~
    I love your decorating skills!!!
    I love it.
    Another place to be cozy...
    Thanks for sharing.

  29. Penny!!

    You know, my friend, that you are killing me with all these fireplaces!! I can not beleive that someone considered this kindling!! For heaven's sake!! Great job!
    Now didn't you have one out there last year or was that in the back.
    I know i may have asked you this before but do you get much rain? I could never leave the linens and everything that you have outside because I would spend more time bringing them into the house. We have had rain every day here for the past week or so!! It has been pouring for an hour now. Different parts of Pa, had baseball ( yep, baseball) size hail yesterday! It damaged 2 Medical Helicopters owned by the Health care system that I work for!!

    I planted my annuals in the front right before the rain started so that put the brakes on me taking my pictures today!!


  30. Beautiful! Pinned. Thank you for being a part of our party.We really love when you stop by. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  31. This is amazing! So beautiful. I can't believe how cheap you got everything and how you were able to really bring the beauty out that others couldn't see. Congratulations. I hope you continue to adore it for years to come.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

  32. Wow- you certainly had the vision!

    You should share that with How Sweet the Sound's Pink Saturday!

  33. It's excellent!!!! I haven't any words!!!!!! You are magician!!!!! So beautiful!!!!

  34. I've never seen a pink fireplace before, but it certainly is beautiful! Happy Pink Saturday!

  35. That piece was a steal! Thanks for linking up to TTF @ Melissa's Antiques!

  36. Wow! Only a dollar, what a prize! You're right, that "kindling" make a perfect faux fireplace; you have great vision. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop, I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  37. I love these decorating ideas. The designs are so vibrant and the view is so happy and cheerful.

  38. Girl, you find some awesome treasures. I've got to get to yard sales and estate auctions more often. Pinning this!

    Shannon ~


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