Friday, October 8, 2010

Book Page Fireplace Insert

Hello everyone!  I've been suffering from blogging withdrawal.  I don't know why I haven't had time for any projects (besides running a half marathon, working, going to watch my daughter cheer at football games, shopping for a homecoming dress, and so on). But in between all of that, I finally filled that empty space in my faux fireplace mantle.


I covered a peice of plywood with old book pages using the starch method you can see here.  I then made a frame for it out of moulding and painted it to match the fireplace.

I glued the frame to the plywood so it could easily be removed from the mantle.  You know how I love to change my mind.  It only took one small nail to hold the frame to the mantle.

I want to hang a floral print in the center, but I haven't found what I'm looking for yet.  So I put a small stool in front and topped it with a pitcher full of the last hydrangeas from the garden.

And here is another look at the after.

Oh! And did you notice my little ten dollar rocking chair?  It's waiting for a makeover, too.



  1. What a great idea for a fireplace insert! I love the book pages you used. The different colors of the pages really give it a lot of interest, perfect for that mantel.
    I also must say that I'm very impressed with the fact that you ran a half marathon!! Congrats. I'm lucky if I finish a walk around the block!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Looks great! I'm curious what you have in the urns. Fake plants or real? Thanks!

  3. Beautiful! What a great idea!

  4. I am in awe of your last years hydrangeas!! How did you keep them so beautiful?

  5. That is so gorgeous. What a perfect little scene! Did you use a variety of different aged books for the different colors or did you dye the pages some how?

  6. Janet:

    Just love the book page fireplace charming!

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I just had the pleasure of browsing through many of your recent posts. You definitely have "it".

    If you have been thinking about starting a little busines, I think this is a great time. I find my furnitue is selling well in these economic times. I hunt for thrift buys, give them a whole new look for today's home, and then keep mly prices reasonable. I'm starting to make a little money now.

    I love what I'm doing. I found a 10 foot by 10 foot space in a local consignment store. I even have some "return" customers now. This month I am putting some money into the business. Buying a Graco paint sprayer, added a great orbital sander and my husband is helping me build a spray booth in one corner of our garage.

    Bring what you love to a small business, I don't think you will regret it.

    Two teenagers at home? That can be stressful (mine are 11 and 10 and 21). Having been through the teenage years once, I'm bracing myself for the last two..ha!

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  7. oh, it turned out just gorgeous!!!!

  8. Oh my goodness that turned out wonderfully -love that rocking chair too

  9. Wow. That last picture should be a in a magazine somewhere. It's beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog!!

  10. Hey you did a great job on that! Very well done, love the vingette! Saw you on the House of Roses, great job, tami

  11. I love this! It looks amazing, I love how creative you got with the space :) I'm visiting from CI, you have a beautiful blog :)

  12. What a neat idea, Janet! Love it! And the way you've placed the pitcher, flowers, stool and rocker creates just a beautiful vignette! :) Great job! Happy MM to you!

    xoxo laurie

  13. Can I just tell you that this looks perfect in front of your fireplace? I am so impressed with the look and will have to copycat it somehow. I am going to check out the rest of your blog now.

    Partying with you and nice to meet you. Stop by my place if you have a minute.

  14. I love the way your fireplace looks with those pages! What a great idea! Love it!! :)

  15. Oh, thats clever, and love the pitcher of flowers in front!

  16. Very Creative. I love the look. Yes, life can get busy with teenagers and work. Family First!!!!! Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.

  17. This is such a clever idea. You are really crafty! Im off to look at your other posts now and see more inspiration!

  18. Hi, forgot to ask you, what is the pink paint you used on the bench? I have never been able to find a decent pink paint in the UK no matter how I try!

  19. I am in love with your faux mantel! The urns with the moss are perfect accessories, and so is that gorgeous silver platter! I too love to work with vintage book pages, what a great idea for the fireplace insert!

  20. That is brilliant tofill the space with book pages! Nice work! :)

  21. I LOVE your faux mantel. Did you DIY?? Do you have instructions, or details on the materials you used? I would love to make one for my home!!

  22. Hi Janet! I have been drooling over your beautiful book page lined fireplace for months and was so inspired that I have just copied you! I made sure to give credit to you and link back to your blog. Thank you, thank you for your inspiration. I'd love to hear what you think!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

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