There aren’t many things that come free, so when they do you have to snap up the offer, like we did with our free fireplace.
It happened by accident: we didn’t mean to get a free fireplace, and we weren’t trying to barter the price down. It was made out of leftover and unwanted materials, paid for by other people.
Our original fireplace was in perfect working condition but a bit old-fashioned for our taste. We advertised it online as free, and someone came to pick it up. This was great, as there was no extra cost to dispose of it.
Jay chiselled out the hole for the fireplace himself. He managed to hit a water pipe that sent a stream flowing through the living room. Luckily, it was an old pipe that was no longer in use. It just hadn’t been emptied.
Our plasterers came in to do the whole of the downstairs, and also the landing. They had some leftover fireboard which they used to line the fireplace. At the moment, we have a little electric fire which doesn’t give off much heat. This was given to us for free by jay’s mum. We decided to install fireboard anyway in case we want to put in a log burner in the future. It saves ripping all the plaster off the wall and making a huge mess.
It was then all plastered and painted.
Next, was the hearth. We had some spare paving slabs from our driveway, which Jay thought to cut down and use as the base for the hearth. We wanted to buy some brick-looking tiles to put down on top of the paving slabs, but decided to wait until we could afford it.
The cable has now been run through the side of the wall, so it isn’t visible. The fire came with a remote control too, so we don’t have to turn it on manually via a side switch.
Then, as if the Gods were looking down on us, we got some free, brand new slate. A friend of ours had just had his driveway done, and had some leftover slate. He gave it to us for free. Jay then cut it down to size and cemented it in place.
Voila! Our completely free fireplace.
We’re looking out for a solid wood beam to sit across as a mantelpiece to create this sort of effect:
I’d like a really chunky piece of oak, to go with the rest of our living room. That definitely won’t be free (even I would be amazed if it was) but might only cost £60-100. I’ll absolutely be getting inspiration from My Chic Living. This guest post offers three ways to style a mantelpiece.
Have you ever got a great bargain by accident? (You can also view our eBay kitchen bargain here!)