One thing that has always niggled at me when looking around peoples real life houses is when you see a fireplace that looks like it has been "stuck" on the wall. If you're going to go to the trouble of building a false fireplace for a gas or electric fire, then why not go to the trouble of building a false chimney breast too? Fireplaces against chimney breasts look far more authentic and, to me, a fireplace without a chimney breast is naked!
With that in mind, I set about building a chimney breast for my dining room and so out came my trusty balsa wood again!
I had bought a plain wood fireplace from Ebay...
...and painstakingly painted it and stained it to match the internal doors in my house.
but I still didn't like it when I put it in place so I built an overmantle to go with it...
Now that's better!
I then chose a wallpaper from www.jennifersprintables.com where you can download and print off wallpaper for free!
The wallpaper is going on the chimney breast alone. The other walls will have a sage green below the picture rail and a very pale green above.
and then I couldn't resist putting some furniture in (temporarily) to get a sneak preview of what it will look like. I do like my sneak previews!