Electric Fireplace Adventures
Written by Lindsay Ropella
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that this past weekend Eric and I spent pretty much our entire Saturday rearranging our living room. We have a lot of windows in our family room and it always seems to get much colder than the rest of our house, especially in the winter. We decided to purchase an electric fireplace to help warm our family room up a bit, and take some of the chill out of the air.
We were so excited when we discovered that the fireplace we had been eyeing up for the past 6 months or so went on major sale on Overstock a few weeks ago. We decided to take advantage of the sale and take the plunge. Here are some pictures to document our little “adventure.”
This is a really old picture of our house (the rest of the room looks nothing like this anymore), but it’s the only one I could find that showed what our TV area looked like before this weekend.
The first step was to assemble the entire fireplace. Online, people said that it took them 8 hours to put together. Eric and and I got this baby completed in less than 4 hours. Here’s what it looked like mid-assembly.
We had been planning to mount our TV on the wall for a while now, so we figured this would be a good opportunity to finally take care of that.
Of course, no major project could go off completely without a hitch…See that hole above the TV mount?
Yeah, that’s not supposed to be there. We were trying to drill holes to be able to hide the TV cords behind the wall, but we had a little drilling mishap. We found the studs so that we made sure we were drilling between them, but what we didn’t know was that there was a massive air duct behind that section of wall….
Luckily Eric just missed drilling into the air duct, but now we have a giant hole to patch. But that’s definitely going to be a task for another weekend.
Here’s what the fireplace looks like all completed! We obviously still have to add some decor on the “mantel,” but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! And I’m SO excited to be able to have a little fireplace to hang our Christmas stockings over this year! Last year we had to hang them off our DVD stand…oddly that setup just didn’t scream “holiday cheer” to me.
Here’s what the fireplace looks like now. I know some people think electric fireplaces are super cheesy (I sometimes even fall into this group) but I think this one looks decent. I like that the flame looks pretty real, and the main benefit is that it gives off some AMAZING heat! The other day our house actually got so warm that I had to turn it off!
It even came with a little remote to control the heat, the time the fireplace is on, the color of the log, and the strength of the flame. Total win!
Oh, and here is what our current wall situation looks like. We still have a massive hole behind the TV, but I really like that we were able to hide all the cords from the TV behind the wall. If you want us to share more details on how specifically we did this, just let me know!
And don’t worry, the fireplace is totally Stella approved.
What home projects have you completed recently?!