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Creative Ideas for Using a Non-operational Fireplace

I have a non operational fire place in my new home. Besides candles what is another way I can use this interesting corner in my new house?

Marisa from Santa Maria, CA

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 19, 20080 found this helpful

Plants would look nice in the fireplace alcove.

Maybe a small fish tank if the fireplace is closed up?

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February 19, 20080 found this helpful

my friends new home had a brand new fireplace but she does like fires but wanted to use it so she keeps plants both inside hers and all around it. boston ferns, etc. and she has topier trees on each side of the firplace and has tiny white christmas lights ran all through them and even at times places a large glass bowl inside the fireplace with the same lights inside it and just runs the cord end out the side glass door and plugs into the outlet beside it. it is so pretty.

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February 20, 20080 found this helpful

yes im sorry i thought i had posted a picture theres a pic of it in my question about my glass pained front door. its almost an arch. its very narrow and caddy cornerd in my front room. my living room is long and looks like it will be a bit akward for a while. im just woundring what else i can do i love the idea about the fish but because its so shallow and arched i doubt that will work.

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February 20, 20080 found this helpful

plants are a good idea, but also try adding one of those plug in water features inside or the fireplace and surround it with plants and you have a beautiful and soothing focal point in your room

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February 20, 20080 found this helpful

I also have a fireplace similar to yours -at an angle in a narrow room. I have a mirror framed like a windowpane propped up in the back, and a collection of baskets with plants and candles in front. When I lite the candles, it reflects the light back into the room, but even during the day it reflects light from the windows and brightens the entire space. Mine is dark because it is dark brick where yours is lighter.

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February 20, 20080 found this helpful

its actually painted white with a teeeny tiny ledge for a mantle and the back is curved and painted black so its shaped more like a triange that got warped on one side. i love the idea about the mirror. even though its not use able i still would like to show it off! im thinking maybe ill go to someplace like micheals and find like 1X1 inch mirror tile (or smaller) and hot glue them to the inside of the arch then take a large tray or even an old cookie pan from the thrift store and place my vaiety of candles on there (saveing my back from having to scrape candle wax off the floor) and decorate it with stones. building the stones up to spill out and in the center maybe a watter fountain. so i would have watter (the fountain), wood (the floor), fire (the candles), and stone (the rocks). what do you think? too much? maybe just leave it without the watter fall?

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 20, 20080 found this helpful

I have set an aquarium in my fireplace bought a small water pump. Purchased an angel. I set the angel on a glass shelf which is across the aquarium. I then place flowers around the tank. I put a string of x-mas lights across the greenery. It is soothing relaxing and pretty.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 20, 20080 found this helpful

You might like to sit a doll house inside it. Since mine sits up on a hearth maybe place your television in this opening. Place two resin pedestals on each side and purchase one of those ornate add ons to place across the the top.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 20, 20080 found this helpful

Some different ideas I had:

1. a mural type picture on an easel that fits inside

2. Some antique looking books arranged on a small tiered shelf

3. If you have a sense of humor, a pair of stuffed pant legs with shoes coming down as if someone is stuck in the chimney!

4. an interesting collection of different sized art objects arranged on different levels - such as different or unusual vases or glass ware, an assortment of small framed prints , different small mirrors in different shapes and sizes, decorative fans, etc...you get the ideal!

5.You could always put an attractive pile of birch tree logs (they are so pretty!) inside to look as if it is a real fireplace.

6.You could hang a pretty copper kettle down from the top to give it a real hearth look, maybe even put a few logs underneath for more added realism.

7. You could always put an interesting arrangement according to the season or holiday it is...flowers in a basket for summer, fall leaf arrangement for fall with pretty cat tails ,miniature Christmas tree etc.

8. depending on what your style is, you could do something really different like put a realistic looking sleeping pet (you can find them with features as if they are almost real) and put it on a small bed in the floor of the hearth. If you are really a fan of country style, you could put a hen nest with a realistic looking hen or just a collection of eggs in the nest! Crazy sounding, but I bet no one else would have a hearth like it!

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

It's actually painted white with a teeny tiny ledge for a mantle and the back is curved and painted black so its shaped more like a triangle that got warped on one side. i love the idea about the mirror. even though its not use able i still would like to show it off! im thinking maybe ill go to someplace like micheals and find like 1X1 inch mirror tile (or smaller) and hot glue them to the inside of the arch then take a large tray or even an old cookie pan from the thrift store and place my variety of candles on there (saving my back from having to scrape candle wax off the floor) and decorate it with stones. building the stones up to spill out and in the center maybe a watter fountain. so i would have watter (the fountain), wood (the floor), fire (the candles), and stone (the rocks). what do you think? too much? maybe just leave it without the water fall?

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

I like the mirror in the back. If you have any collections, you could get different heights of blocks of wood, stain them and display all or part of a collection in it. Do you like a fire? How about an electric fire that would fit inside the fireplace to only light when you wanted it to be lit.

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

i love the candle idea! or a big bouquet of flowers.

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

well heres what iv done for just now! i dont know why its non op it has a flue but i guess....

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February 27, 20080 found this helpful

the book looking things in the fire place are storage boxes that look like books... the white things are candles and theres some of my older bottles iv collected cince i was a kid. i sa some paw prints in the fireplace. so im going to keep an eye out for possums or racoons

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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

I say use gas logs. They are so pretty and its heat to have in case of emergency and power went out during a cold spell.

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