Sunday, 21 October 2012

Trompe l'oiel fireplace

This week I've not finished anything, although I have got a lot of half/nearly finished projects! As I was raking around in the shed I came across this tompe l'oiel (fake) fireplace that I had painted for my daughters bedroom in our old house. She wanted a focal point in her bedroom as the original fireplace had been taken out (not by us I hasten to say!) As we had some hardboard and lengths of wood in store this is what I came up with....

                                          A fireplace in front of a fireplace!

                                                      Close up

Her hobby used to be calligraphy, hence the scroll, ink and feather. One of the books says calligraphy.

                       Plants that don't need watering and ornaments that don't need win I think! The book on the left in an 'old' 1880's reference to our area!

                              An everlasting lily and a no 'elf and saftey' candle haha

In a different light. The backboard has been painted with a tile effect with cracks and nibbles painted into the tiles. It used to have a 'hearth' made from the back of a sideboard which I painted black to look like granite. Unfortunately HH cut it up for firewood (in his defence he didn't know I still wanted it) Daughter used to put candles in the front and with some fairy lights in a bowl made it look very cosy in her bedroom. The other trompe l'oiel that I have painted since being in my little cottage is here I also have some cactus for sale that are here which you can see in the above picture on top of the mantlepiece.Just email me if interested.

On a completely different craft subject...a cross stitch picture, or the begining, it's part of a larger item. Got you interested eh? I'm aiming to finish it in the next couple of days. Unfortunately I don't have an update on the quirky quilt as it's not been touched this week.
                                           Mr and Mrs Birdie

This weeks linky parties are;


  1. I've wanted a fireplace for the longest time! I never thought of making my own. I wish I had your imagination and your talent! Wonderful.

  2. You are a woman of many talents! That fireplace is spectacular!

  3. What a fantastic fireplace idea .... I also love the red cross stitch.

    I am in complete awe of your work - it's superb.

  4. I love the fireplace looks so real and must not forget the cross stitch birds, so pretty

  5. Clever idea to paint your own original feature!

  6. Your fake fireplace is amazing! It has so much detail and is almost better than the real thing for much less cost.
    Teresa x

  7. Wow, so clever! It looks so real, brilliant.
    The birds are lovely - seems to be a lot of red and white around this week.

  8. I love trompe l'oeil and yours is just amazing - love the attention to detail.

  9. A brilliant piece of Trompe l'oiel, what a great idea. I like the look of the little birds, red and white are my colours of the week too!

  10. What a fabulous idea, it looks really fantastic! x

  11. You are so clever. The fireplace you have created has real depth. I can just imagine it with the candles and fairy lights.

  12. I really like the lovebirds, and look forward to seeing the bigger item.

  13. Wow your fireplace looks amazing, really life like. The birds look very pretty. Have a crafty week.
    Ali x

  14. Wow! What a great idea and what a great painter you are!

  15. This is fantastic, so many positives and a what a work of art! Brilliant! Also looking forward to seeing the finished cross stitch :)

  16. Don't you love plants that don't need watering? :) Thanks for linking up to my link party!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  17. The fireplace is fantastic and the detail is amazing! Love your stitch work at the end. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. I love the detailing on the fireplace, it looks so real.

  19. cool fireplace! Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!


  20. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  21. This is just a FABULOUS idea. I love it. I too used to have a faux fireplace and it did really give the room a focal point. Thank you for linking it up at . A new party opens tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you again then!