Faux Fireplace No. 5 has a long history with me and Charles. It was in the attic of our first apartment when we came home after Charles was discharged from the Air Force in 1973.
We liked the mantle and were told we could take it. It stayed in our basement in our first home for over 30 years. We dragged it to this cottage when we moved here over a decade ago.
One day, I noticed the space between these built-in shelves and measured it. It was a perfect fit for this old mantle. The andirons, grates, fake logs and screen were all rescued from the local dump, er, I mean transfer station.
If this scene look vaguely familiar, it is because this was the predecessor to the old pine fireplace from Monday’s post.