Do you like the look of a fireplace in your home but can’t afford the update?
This was the story of my mom’s life until she married my stepdad. He built his home with a massive fireplace in it.
I wish I had known about faux fireplaces growing up. I would’ve shared the idea with her. Though it may be too late to add the look to my childhood home, it isn’t too late for you.
You can create a faux fireplace to get the perfect farmhouse look without a ton of expense. Here are a few ideas to get you started with fabulous faux fireplaces:
1. The Christmas Faux Fireplace
Do you want a fireplace around Christmas but could care less if you have the look the rest of the year? We all need a place to hang our stockings, right?
You can create this faux fireplace set-up in only a couple of days and create the perfect farmhouse Christmas setting.
2. DIY Rustic Faux Fireplace Mantel
Do you have an awkward space in your home you’d like to bring to life without spending a fortune in the process?
This person created a gorgeous faux fireplace to bring a troubled spot in her home to life. She used barn wood and spent little money to take this space from awkward to lovely.
3. From Frame to Mantel
I love hunting for a good bargain. Many times, people will toss items assuming they’re outdated and beyond hope.
However, this person took an old mirror frame and transformed it into a gorgeous faux fireplace mantel. It required only a small investment and created a beautiful space in her home.
4. Mantel of Your Dreams
Everyone in my family had a home with fireplaces in them. My grandparent’s home had two! I look back on it and find it odd they didn’t use either of their fireplaces. They were more for decoration.
If you don’t desire wood heat but love the look of a fireplace with a gorgeous mantel, skip the fireplace and create the mantel of your dreams. This person transformed an inexpensive secondhand mantel into a masterpiece.
5. DIY Fake Brick Fireplace
Having a fireplace in your home adds a welcoming touch as soon as guests step inside. If you want your guests to get this feeling without investing in a fireplace, this tutorial can help.
They don’t only show you how to create a faux mantel, but they include how to create what appears to be a brick fireplace. This one project can add a great deal of character and charm to your home.
6. Faux Fireplace with Hidden Storage
I love the idea of creating a faux fireplace to add a touch of rustic charm to your home on a smaller budget.
However, shouldn’t this space be functional as well? This tutorial brings the two concepts together. You can have a faux fireplace, but it can also become a place for additional storage.
7. Faux Fireplace Entertainment Center
We’ve all seen the faux fireplaces with the flat-screen television posted over it. This creates a gorgeous and functional space.
If you want the same look without investing in a fireplace, build this faux fireplace which also doubles as an entertainment center.
8. DIY Renter-Friendly Faux Fireplace
When you rent a home, it limits how far you can go with your home décor. This stinks because you want your home to feel like your home, even if you don’t technically own it.
This tutorial walks you through how you can construct a faux fireplace which appears to be tiled. However, the materials allow this fireplace to be easily deconstructed when you decide to move.
9. Fake It Till You Make It Faux Fireplace
Would you like to create a beautiful white fireplace to dress up a dull wall? It could make an outdated home feel more modern.
This tutorial walks you through how you can create a gorgeous mantel and fireplace which would be perfect for creating a decorative space.
10. The Faux White Brick Fireplace with Fire Box
This fireplace is gorgeous and until you get right on top of it, you don’t notice it isn’t an actual working fireplace.
They created a fireplace which appears to be made of white brick. To add the icing on the cake, there’s a beautiful firebox inside the faux fireplace. You can’t burn it, but it adds a great deal of character to the room.
11. The $600 Faux Fireplace
Do you want a faux fireplace which will make a statement? This option could have you covered and should cost you approximately $600.
It’s constructed of materials to look like a white brick fireplace. An insert is added to make the fireplace appear to be full of stacked wood. It’s a simple idea, but it dresses up the room quite a bit.
12. The $100 Shiplap Fireplace
Shiplap is all the rage right now. It’s fairly inexpensive and can brighten up a room without a ton of effort.
If you love the shiplap look and want a faux fireplace, you can now combine the two ideas into one gorgeous centerpiece for your living room.
13. Electric Faux Fireplace
Before we invested in a woodstove, there was a time I considered investing in an electric fireplace. I wanted the look at the time more than we needed the warmth.
If you’re interested in an electric fireplace but want it to appear like the real deal, this set-up is for you. There’re even larger storage spaces along with room for book storage too.
14. Farmhouse Faux Fireplace and Mantel
I’m in love with this idea. If I ever have room to pull this off in my own home, I will. I’m a fan of woodstoves more than fireplaces.
I love how they built a beautiful mantel and a fireplace area. However, instead of running with the fireplace theme, they purchased an electric wood stove to give it the real farmhouse feel.
You now have 14 different options for creating the fireplace and mantel of your dreams but doing it “faux-style” to make it a more affordable option.
Hopefully, this will inspire you to create the home of your dreams but still manage to keep it all in-budget to make doing life in your home as enjoyable as possible, even if it has to be limited to a faux fireplace.