This post has absolutely nothing to do with my artwork, but it is about another hobby I've been exploring recently- building things and improving our home- and attempting to overcome my fear of power tools!
I love so many things about our new home, but I must admit, it is kind of bland and lacking in character. And it doesn't have a fireplace. I knew it was kind of silly, but this is one of the things I was disappointed by when we first looked at it. I spent a few months contemplating my options, and finally decided to build a faux fireplace. It only took me a few hours, and I love the end result and how cozy our family room looks now! I used these plans from Ana White https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/mimis-faux-mantle.
This is a fun, simple build, perfect for a beginner like me. The only changes I made were to add a base using a 1x12 to make it freestanding (I like rearranging things, so there's a good chance it won't stay on this wall forever), and I added a stacked log insert using a piece of plywood and wood slices cut from branches from the backyard.
And here it is all decked out for Christmas. And a photo bomb from the sweet Minori.