Unexpected Bookcase Turn a nonfunctioning fireplace into a practical and pretty storage space by outfitting it with shelves. Measure the opening and build a plywood insert to fit snugly inside. Cut shelves to fit across. Then paint the pieces and wallpaper the back of the insert. Screw the shelves in place and set the insert in the firebox. This could be perfect in my new place!
I have got to figure out what to do with my ugly 70's mantel so I can make things like this look as good on it.
A dreary old fireplace was replaced with a vintage mantel, which was inlaid with shards of antique china. Gently worn painted furniture, vintage collectibles, and a pale palette imbue the home with romantic charm.