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Shabby chic vintage fireplace (chimney free!)

I am finally getting round to putting my blog post on about creating a `chimney free` log burning fireplace!
 After moving house and missing my real fire last Christmas(not only for the cosiness it brings on cold winter mornings but also the lack of decoration over the Christmas period) I decided this year to do a fireplace.
With my `as usual` non existant budget I scoured ebay to see what could be found locally suspecting that `antique` and `marble` would not be on the list! I was thrilled to find a black plaster Louis fireplace someone was getting rid of within a 10 mile radius and for under £30. The grand shape meant this would be a perfect renovation project for my trusty Annie sloan chalk paint( in paris grey). I already had the plasma tv encased in a vintage picture frame and set into the wall (with the help of my long sufferiing husband) and the fireplace fit perfectly under this with no need to move anything around. I bought a small electric black log burner and decided to risk `Annie sloaning` this too in `country grey` to give it more the look I wanted and then used a hannants heat proof laquer to set.
 Aware that my tileing skills are limited and that even budget tiles seem rather expensive these days I decided a quirky, easy and very budget friendly option would be to use old sheet music as a backdrop to the burner. With about £2 of sheet music left over from other projects, some wallpaper paste and 5 minutes of work I had the backdrop to the burner looking quite fun and quirky! I bought a bag of real logs and dusted off an old coal bucket from the cupboard and I now have a fire back! The cold winter mornings are certainly more cosy for the children and though it doesn't smell the same(I miss that real fire smell!) with a blanket and a coffee snuggled up in the evening and a background of youtube sounds-`crackling log fire`(yes really!!) its pretty close!..XFiFi

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