A television show I once watched had a fireplace in it that was converted into a cabinet. A few months later, I heard the question. Someone wanted to know how to convert an old fireplace into a cabinet.
It was a huge ten foot wide fireplace that reached to the ceiling. I couldn’t imagine wanting to convert that into anything other than a fireplace. So, I wrote the inquisitive individual.
I actually offered my support if he needed it. But after I explained a few things to him, he was more than willing to keep the fireplace. I’m going to explain those same things to you.
If you have an annoying hole in the wall, I say cover it. But, it’s just like anything else. You can change your mind about it. Rather than let it become a bigger and bigger eyesore burning through your retinas, start looking at it as if it’s something to cherish. Set your mind on making it a beautiful part of your home and your mind will start to accept it more and more.
Fireplaces are a piece of our history as well as being a beautiful sight to behold. The fireplace holds pictures of family members. It’s a hanging place for holiday cards. It’s a gathering place for quality family time and it’s the setting for the picture of your teenager’s prom.
So when you have your mind changed, it’s time to put that bad boy back into commission. The first thing to do is to block the vent. You won’t need it. There are perfectly safe environmentally friendly fire retardant foam sprays that will save you money in heating costs.
Contractors might try to warn against using a foam spray in the vent. But, you can assure them that your flame is never going to touch the foam. It’s never going to get that close. Plus if you want to remove the foam later, it won’t be a hassle at all.
Simply spray an even layer as a border around the inside of the vent walls. Let the layer grow, and then spray another layer on the inside of the first. You don’t need to spray the entire chimney and you shouldn’t spray too much at one time. It grows to capacity. So, just a little at a time will work.
The next part is up to you. You can either install a firebox or a fireplace insert. Either way, you’ll need eco-friendly Sunjel gel fuel and you’re back in business. You can even stack some logs on one side and put a fireplace set on the other just to make things look even more authentic.
Now, you’ll have a place to keep your family pictures. You’ll be able to hang holiday cards there again. You’ll enjoy the family gatherings and your teenager will be able to remember prom with a smile.
There may be a reason to cover a fireplace and make it look like something else. But, I haven’t found one yet. If it’s going to be my decision, I’m going to put the fireplace back into commission every time.