February 15, 2019

If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One

I love my apartment, but if there’s one thing I always wished it had, it’s a fireplace. Fireplaces are focal points, gathering places, and extremely calming. But it’s an apartment in New York City, so what to do?

I had this idea that a box-like structure could be built from plywood and attached to the wall. It would go floor-to-ceiling like a chimney and there would be an inbuilt box where I would put a stack a of those light-colored wood logs.

I had carpenter James Abreau come over and he was like Well, plywood won’t work. We can frame it out and build it with sheetrock, then plaster it so it looks like the walls.

Great I said. And a few days later we began. When I say ‘we’, James did all the work and I took photos of each step.

It took maybe a day and a half from start to finish, and when I tell you it exceeded all my expectations, I am putting it mildly.

Instead of adding logs, I saw this electric fire fixture on the internet that gives a flame effect and thought well that seems cool. You can turn on or off the heat while the flames are going. It has actually turned out to be really useful during Polar Vortexes and such.

Check out the slideshow below for progress shots.

Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Aura Decorator’s White
Floor Paint: Sherwin-Williams Porch & Floor Satin Paint in Extra White
Side table: Now House by Jonathan Adler
Sofa: Cloud Sofa by Restoration Hardware
Lamp: Vintage 1970s

Main photo: Genevieve Garruppo

If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One
If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One
If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One
If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One
If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One
If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One
If You’ve Always Dreamed Of Having A Fireplace In Your Apartment, Here’s How You Can Add One

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