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September 2014

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.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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?

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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!

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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!

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

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!

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

And don’t worry, the fireplace is totally Stella approved.

My review of the Upton Home Dublin Electric Fireplace purchased from Overstock.com. See how assembly went, what we think of it, and if it's Stella approved!

We are pretty excited about this new little addition to our family room!

What home projects have you completed recently?!

 
 

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  • http:/www.lovinghere.com Melissa @ Loving Here

    Nice work! It looks so cozy!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com Lindsay Ropella

      Thank you! It definitely is!!

  • http://beyoutiful-beauty.com Jessica

    Wow, that looks so great! What a nice, cozy set up!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com Lindsay Ropella

      Thank you! We have really been loving it so far!

  • http://www.lifemodifier.com Annica

    What a project! In my non blogging life I work for a natural gas company. My job would be to tell you how much better natural gas is than an electric fireplace. BUT, as you probably know it’s SUPER expensive to install all that!

    Totally love that this one came with a little bookshelf and everything! I had the option for a wood fireplace in my apartment but I was terrified I’d start a fire.

    Annica
    http://www.lifemodifier.com

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com Lindsay Ropella

      I WISH we had a “real” fireplace, or could have installed one – they are awesome! But even if we could have afforded it (which we totally couldn’t have lol) both of the outside walls in our family room are all windows, so there we have been no place to put one on an outside wall. Just one of those things that we say we will make sure our next house has. ;)

      LOL, I would have been so afraid of that too! I’m still a little freaked out about this one at times, but Eric tells me that’s kind of ridiculous ;)

  • http://thenewwifestyle.com chelsea @ the new wifestyle

    i loooove this! i also fall into the category of electric fire places are cheese slash i want one right now! also go team newlyweds for completing this project in half the time-hot dang!

    in our first apartment, we didn’t have a fireplace (well we still don’t) but to cheer up the place we once joked about creating a fireplace out of construction paper and just taping it to the wall for the christmas season. i came home one day from my internship and my then-fiance (now husband) TOTALLY DID! it was the cutest. maybe he needs to do something like this again because we don’t even have a DVD player to hang stockings from.

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com Lindsay Ropella

      lol they are such a tough thing to figure out! But whatever, I figure we will just make sure to have a real one in our next house. ;)

      What an adorable story! I hope you took photos! ;) I had totally thought about doing something like that when we lived in the apartment, but I just didn’t have the focus to figure out how to do it lol. There is something about a fireplace that just makes it feel like the holiday season!

  • http://www.simplemomentsstick.com Susannah

    Aw… I love it so much! I long to have a fireplace so maybe we’ll have to settle for something like this. :-)

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com Lindsay Ropella

      It really was a great alternative! I was a little wary about it at first, but I’m already obsessed with it in just this first week we’ve had it! :)

  • http://www.crazyperfectlife.blogspot.com Kara

    I have been dying to have an electric fire place since we moved into to our house!! It all looks wonderful!!

    • http://www.thenewlywednotebook.com Lindsay Ropella

      It really is so cosy and warm! I’m actually looking forward to winter now, just to be able to use the fireplace with the snow falling outside. I’m a bit of a cheeseball, and I’m totally fine with it ;)