DIY: McQueen Fireplace

When one of our colleagues came to us with a confession--that she was ashamed of her '90s-feeling metallic-framed fireplace--we knew exactly who to enlist for a rescue mission: Erica Domesek, the doyenne of inventive DIY craft site, who reminds us of a stylish MacGyver. "I came across a picture of Alexander McQueen's London store and fawned over the textured baroque mantel," Domesek says of the inspiration behind her high-drama low-difficulty solution. Like what you see? Here's how to get this look.

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1 Grand Tuscan Frieze Moulding, $42 each,  1 Egg & Dart Crown Moulding, $27 each,  2 Rococo Frieze Moldings, $18 each, 
13 Embossed Wood Carvings, from $2 each,  Permanent Adhesive Bond, $3,  Wood Screws, $4, 
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Electric Screwdriver, $30,  White Interior Flat Paint, $24,  Trim Brush, $10, 
Trim Tray, $2, 

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dh-premium-slide-steps-01 1. PLACE IT

Measure your fireplace, then set the moldings on the floor to mirror the frame. Arrange the on the moldings--layer more for textural interest.

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2. PAINT IT

Use a  and coat each wooden piece with a thin layer of . Keep your surfaces clean with a  and fabric sheet. Let each piece dry completely.

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3. GLUE IT

Apply a dab of  to the back of each carving and glue onto the moulding. Leave on a flat surface for 24 hours to dry before securing onto the fireplace.

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4. SCREW IT

Use  and an  to drill each panel of embellished moulding around your fireplace. Cover the screw heads with a touch of paint so that they blend into the fireplace.

erica-signature-layout   Photographs: Andrew Arthur