Saturday, March 22, 2014

Faux Show

Projects around the Lady Goats household are in a lull as of late, so my friends are finally taking me up on my offers to build them "stuff" (as long as they pay for the supplies).

One of the things I've done recently is build a 4 foot box as a photo prop for my friend London.

(it's a 4x8 sheet of 1/2" ply cut into two 24" x 48" rectangles and two 23" x 48" rectangles and a 4' x 4' square of 1/4" ply at the back)

 Here's how she used it

My friends have mad skills.

And my friend Dianna wanted a faux fireplace (but this you'd know about, if you follow me on Facebook)

I followed the plans for Mimi's Faux Fireplace, only adding two things to it.

The first addition was some base moulding that I created by using my router and a Roman ogee bit.

I debated using this along the inside of the recess at the top, but Dianna said that she likes clean lines, so I refrained.

The second addition that I made was the use of a French cleat (a Roman ogee and a French cleat? This seems to be a well-traveled faux fireplace!).

There are a ton of online tutorials for French cleats, and I felt that it was the best way to anchor the fireplace to the wall.

The fireplace was built from a single sheet of Purebond Plywood (I didn't even give her the option since it's formaldehyde-free, and I care about her family :-) ). Building it from plywood was the best option because finding straight boards in wider widths is next to impossible in my local big box stores, and ripping down a sheet of plywood to the necessary widths is so super simple!

I still do have such a hard time painting it. It's so beautimus!

Sorry Purebond!

I did try to have fun staging the mantle (in Baby Goats' room, since the walls are a fun color).

But I didn't want to put too many holes in her walls, so this is all we got...

Luckily, I never claimed to be a designer...

 And now I have a short "Gina-do" list to tackle, which I can't deny loving!


  1. Nice! You don't like Behr? Why not? I love it.

    1. I don't! It was so thick, but not in a way that made me think it was quality paint. It was very "goopy". Definitely prefer Olympic or Valspar to it.

    2. Now that's funny, because I like the thickness. Hey, if we were all the same, it would be boring!

  2. Great job. How nice of your to build for others. I always feel like I barely have time to build for myself. Kudos to you for routing your own trim detail. When I build mine, I had to search high and low for straight detail trim and then it was a real pain in the butt to stain. I look forward to getting a router and table.

    1. Agreed, I never feel like there's time for me, but for others, it's easier to make the time. Trim is hard, but this was ust done with an ogee bit and my hand-held router... Couldn't find a place for a router table if I tried! Best of luck in getting one quickly!