Scotch Corner – Faux Fireplace

This was a little project inspired by Nick Offerman’s Christmas video, intended to warm up a cold office corner at work.

I started with Ana White’s beloved tutorial and adjusted to get the look I wanted. Following Ana’s cutting guide I had the guy at the hardware store cut all the piece for me when I bought them.

Shopping/equipment List: 

1 – 1×12 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×10 @ 6 feet long
1 – 1×8 @ 6 feet long
1 – 1×6 @ 10 feet long
1 – 1×4 @ 4 feet long
3 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long

1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
1 48″ square of plywood – This is an addition I made to Ana’s list to create the hearth.
White and black acrylic paint
Small can of dark wood stain
paint roller
paint tray or plate
painters tape
wet rag
nail gun (you can use a hammer but this was way faster!)
I skipped the molding pieces Ana used for a harder look.

Cut List:

1 – 1×12 @ 48″
2 – 1×10 @ 32 3/4″
2 – 1×6 @ 44″
4 – 1×3 @ 44″
1 – 1×4 @ 33 1/4″
1 – 1×3 @ 33 1/4″
1 – 1×8 @ 51″
4 – 1×6 @ 3/4″
2 – 1×6 @ 7″

I added a 34″ square cut from a 48″ piece of plywood which left me with a perfect 14″x 48″ remanent I used for the bottom to make more of a hearth.



Following the Ana White instructions we just started nailing the pieces together. It went very fast from there. Nailing the back and bottom on it was important to measure where the 1×2 were behind it to make sure we centered the nails on them to avoid splitting or having the nails show through.


we also took the risk on the bottom smaller pieces and nailed rather than gluing them and did not have any issues with splitting.

If your boards are bowed, you may want to grab some screws to press the board in flat, as the nails will not be strong enough for that.


This was the fun part!

I started with two coats of of a very dark brown stain. It took less than 5oz of stain for both coats. I used a cheap bristled stain brush.


I wish I had more photos for the marble part but I will walk you through my steps. I watched several tutorials and then went with the following process:

First I prepared the area. Once the stain was dry I used painters tape to tape news paper around the edges and made sure my plywood was clean of dust and such.

For each of the paint mixing steps I started with white and added black little by little until I got the shades of gray I was looking for.

I started painting by adding just a couple drops of black to a good bit of white and using a foam roller to do a base coat all over the back and base. I did the few drops of black because I wanted the base color to be just a tad on the grey side. If you like the bright white you can skip that step.

Next I mixed my darkest grey – about 2/3 white and 1/3 black – and used the feather to draw the veins. I used the feather because it give the lines a lighter natural look than a paint brush. It is important your veins all move in the same general direction as this is how real marble would form. if you look I my photo you can see I went from top Left to bottom right generally.


next I mixed a slightly lighter gray – maybe 1/4 or less black and 3/4 white. I got the sponge wet to help thin the paint and lightly sponged around the outsides of the veins. If it got too thick, I would use the wet rag and lightly dab or work in circular motions to lighten and add wispiness to the sponge paint.

The sponge part was the hardest part and I worked in layers, sponging on the original white base coat layer and then more of the lighter gray until I got the look I wanted.


For the logs I tried to follow this tutorial.

I used a box cutter and made random cuts in cardboard and then rolled the cardboard several times in both directions to add some wear and tear. I then took them outside and spray painted them with some leftover dark metallic spray paint, letting some of the brown show through to look like a smolder. I then taped two together and filled them with orange halloween lights. Finally, I used a couple remnants of wood from the cut pieces to prop them up in the hearth.

If I had thought of this earlier, I would have cut a notch for the light cord in the center back of my plywood before connecting it to the rest of the fireplace.

Finishing Touches

Once dry, I carried the fireplace upstairs and adorned it with some scotch glasses and a gold side table from goodwill and found a nice leather chair and some books from around other parts of the office to make it cozy.


I really like the way it turned out. Skipping the moulding gave it that masculine Nick Offerman look and the lights, however costume-y actually make it feel warmer! I am on the lookout for something that will crackly and flicker a bit more but for now I think this is pretty good!

Happy Crafting!


Bookworm A-Z

The crafts have been taking over, and I only have so much time before school books take over my brain again, so I have been re-focusing my would be craft energy into reading.  This change in focus caused me to peruse a different set of blogs than usual and I found myself looking for reading suggestions in other bloggers reviews and A-Z Book Surveys.  As much as I like to think I could write book reviews I thought better of it and followed the survey instead.

I hope it helps you find reading inspiration – Now hit the books!

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I have read an equal number of books by Terry Goodkind and Charlaine Harris – 12 in each series. However, Terry Goodkind is done with the Sword of Truth Series while Charlaine Harris continues to write Sookie Stackhouse novels.  I have also read a few Terry Pratchett books so who knows, Discworld could take the book count soon.


Best Sequel Ever:

“Speaker for the Dead” Sequel to “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card.


Currently Reading:

“Milagro Beanfield War” and loving it.

 Milagro Beanfield War

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Coffee on Sunday mornings, tea in the winter, wine in the summer and water when I’m on the farm.

E-reader or Physical Book?

I’m definitely a physical book girl, even when it means a heavy bag while backpacking or traveling.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

In high school? Man. I was into brooding and athletic in high school (who am I kidding, that’s my type in adulthood too) – Tomas from “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” Maybe or Oliver Wood, and Cedric Diggory from HP.


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

“Enders Game” – It taught me that I am a fantasy novel geek.

Enders Game

Hidden Gem Book:

“ Lamb” Christopher Moore


Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Junior year of high school, IB English Lit Reading List. Isabel Allende and Toni Morrison. Opened my eyes.


Just Finished:

Grad school makes me boring – “Getting to Yes” by Fisher and Ury for the third time.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I’ll read anything, but erotica generally bores me as do technical books.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

No clue. “Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett was close to 1000 pages though, printed on an 8”x5” binding…

Pillars of the Earth

Major book hangover because of:

Wally Lamb’s “She’s Come Undone” and “Glamorama” by Brett Easton Ellis. Both were intense.


Number of Bookcases You Own:

2.  I have overflow from my 6’x5’ bookshelf though, even after going two deep on a few rows, and the second one is full as well.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

I have read all the HP books multiple times and will continue to pick them up again and again.  I deliberately pick up “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee periodically as well as a few other favorites.


Preferred Place To Read:

On the grass, in the sun or on the couch under a blanket.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Anyone whose goal is ‘something higher’ must expect someday to suffer vertigo. What is vertigo? Fear of falling? No, Vertigo is something other than fear of falling. It is the voice of the emptiness below us which tempts and lures us, it is the desire to fall, against which, terrified, we defend ourselves.”
― Milan KunderaThe Unbearable Lightness of Being

Reading Regret:

Not getting into fantasy novels until after college. I could have enjoyed myself so much more!

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Does Discworld count as a series? I read about five of those and would like to read more.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

“Half Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling. “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. “The Red Tent” by Anita Diamont.

 The Red Tent

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Harry Potter. Always.

 HP Always

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Right now there are no books I am waiting on however “Ender’s Game” is FINALLY a movie!


Worst Bookish Habit:

The world becomes dead to me. I get totally engrossed and ignore anything and anyone around me until I’m done.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

“Cadillac Dessert” – Started it, but things got in the way. It is high on the list for next reads though!

Cadillac Desert

Your latest book purchase:

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman.

 American Gods

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Every time I read “Deathly Hallows.”

Deathly Hallows