Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fireplace How To:

First thank you so much for all of the bedroom fireplace Love! We were so thrilled to read all of your very thoughtful comments!!!

We had a lot of different options on the table when we decided to tackle the bedroom fireplace, mantle vs. no mantle, new wood vs. barn board, palette wood or construction timber? I think that the fireplace would look amazing with some old reclaimed barn boards but for the style of our home, we could only add a touch of rustic, so we choose construction timber.

Your cost will vary widely depending on where you buy your insert! We found ours on Craigslist! It's a really great option, they had TONS of fireplaces . . . literally TONS! Gas inserts, electric inserts, even some Gel Inserts.
You'll need your insert before you construct your fireplace surround because you'll need those measurements!

Next create your frame. We can't give exact measurements because they depend on the size of your insert, if you have a knowledge of framing . . . well you're ahead of the game, if you don't just make sure that the insert is supported from the bottom, we built a stand for it inside the frame (see image below), and make sure you secure it to the wall!!!
Insert the insert (haha), Place your fireplace insert into your frame!
Lastly add one last piece to the front of the fireplace, something extra to nail the facing too.
Next add all the boards to the exterior. We fastened them at each end and in the middle with brad nails.
Once the boards were up, they were primed and painted them. We found that the closest match to the Ikea bonte wardrobe was Martha Stewart's HEAVY CREAM!
Lastly we needed trim!
We used 3" baseboard for the top of the fireplace. Because our ceiling is slanted we went with really simple trim, if your ceiling is flat, some crown would look nice too.
Next we trimmed out the sides using corner molding. It's in the shape of an 'L' so it can wrap around the edges covering the unfinished ends.

Lastly, we added the 7 1/2" baseboards to the bottom of the fireplace. We also added 1" quarter round above the base, it covered a small gap between the base and the insert. It also gave a nice little detail!
We filled the nail holes on the trim, but left the nail holes on the boards. I liked how it looked a bit more rustic with the nail holes.

The whole project took Lee about 1 full day and 2 half days. The first day he framed it out, that took about 3 hours, because of our slanted ceilings it took a little bit longer then normal. The next day it took about 6 hours, securing the fireplace insert, fixing the fan, adding all of the facing. We also primed and painted the boards. The next day was about another 4 hours, attaching the trim, doing some finishing work around our existing molding, and touching up paint. Not too long at all. Like I said it might take you a bit less time if you don't have slanted ceilings to contend with.

Tools you'll need:
-A hand saw.
-A power drill and screws for the framing
-A brad nailer, although you could just use a hammer with finishing nails.

$191.40 +  Simple tools +  14 hours  = 
I hope that answered any questions anyone had. Please if you have anymore, post a comment below and we'll answer them as best we can!!


  1. The fireplace looks amazing! Such a great job on it.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  2. It's beautiful!

    One question: do you have to vent an electric fireplace? Or does it not need venting?

    Thanks so much!

    1. It's an electric fireplace and requires NO venting!
      Hope that helps!

  3. I am SO in love with your fireplace. I've been married 30 years this June and have always wanted a fireplace in my bedroom. Looking to see how in the world we could fit on in our current room. Ha. You guys did a fabulous job. It is stunning and a perfect look for the room. Congrats and ENJOY this winter.

  4. I can't believe this was built for under $200. Amazing!! Love your big over-stuffed lounge. What a cozy corner.

  5. It truly is a lovely fireplace, I can imagine snuggling down under duvets on a cold winters evening. Toasty warm!
    I have my husband currently doing this in our lounge. We already have a chimney breast and a stove and for something different we are wrapping it in plywood which my husband has routered lines through to look like planks which are wider that the average ones we can get in the UK. I intend to paint it afterwards, its a work in progress at the moment, but its already loking great.
    SO thanks for the inspiration!

  6. This looks awesome! I'd hire you guys in a minute a second to do the work on my home :)

    Jan @ BellaCasa

  7. It's just beautiful! Your design style and vision and that amazing husband to make it a guys could have a real business doing this if you wanted! Really you could.

  8. Amazing! Great how to as well. I would love to have one in our bedroom, but am thinking one in our new remodeled basement would be nice as well.

  9. Really lovely Ashli! Looks amazing. Were you guys able to use the top above the fireplace as storage or is it just hollow and empty?

    1. And now I'm on here under a different name again...hehe sorry! It's Erika!

    2. Hi Erika!!!
      We didn't add any extra storage on top of the insert, we didn't really need any extra storage, but if you did need some extra storage it would be really easy to add some!
      Lots of Love

  10. Love love love what you did here! just gorgeous!

  11. I am SO glad I came across this. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Seriously, I'm thrilled! I've been looking for a tutorial on this for so long. I have wanted to do this for our living room and had a plan in my head, but have seen no one actually bring my vision to life. Not seeing someone else do it made me hesitant, so thank you so much for posting this. Now I think we can finally get the ball rolling on this project. :)


  12. Where did you buy the fireplace insert? I haven't found one that cheap. :) Thanks!

    1. We found our insert on Craigslist!
      Hope that helps


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