We were given a really awesome opportunity by Nautica at Home Interior Paint to makeover our living room color and style, so we decided to take advantage of that and add The DIY fireplace we’ve always wanted. I can not express how much I love this fireplace. It turned out better than I could ever have imagined.Lets get started
Here’s the room and wall before.
Not terrible it’s just not what I wanted. So we got to work planning.
We quite literally started with just a drawing and went from there. this is the original drawing.
After I got down on paper what I wanted The Beard and His best friend Craig took it from there.
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Here’s what you’ll need to construct and attach the frame to the wall.
-These materials will vary depending on the size of fireplace you decide to build.
- 4 L brackets for the mantle
- 6 Pallets
- 10- 2x4x8s
- 3 sheets of 1/2″ 4×8 plywood
- 1 5lb Box of 3 in wood screws
- 1 5lb Box of 2.5 in wood screws
- 10 Heavy duty Drywall Anchors
- Fireplace Insert
Tools you’ll need:
- Ryobi Air Strike You guys….this thing is quite honestly a game changer. It saved us so much time and effort. I recommend using a nailer for your pallet wood instead of screws. It keeps the pallet wood from splitting and driving you insane. it also makes it possible to put multiple nails in without worrying about aesthetics. I cannot praise this tool enough.
- Miter Saw This saw isn’t Absolutely necessary it’s just much easier to cut the 2×4’s with. You can use your circular saw in place of this.
- Circular saw We use This one
- Kregg Jig Rip cut guide. This thing is amazing! It completely eliminates the need for a table saw. We use it all the time
- Impact Driver and Drill We use THESE
- Tape measure
- Drill Bits This is the set we have-
- You’ll need a 1/2 ” Drill bit for your drywall anchors.
- Misc Bits for screws This is the set we have.
We had all of these tools on hand already which made this project much easier. So after 3 trips to the hardware store to get all of the other supplies it was time to start. They started with building the Base. Which is also the hearth. It’s 60″Wx27″Dx15″H
We measured the wall from both ends of the room to make sure it was centered then attached the Hearth using The Heavy duty Drywall anchors.
After the Hearth box was secured to the wall with 4 anchors They measured from the hearth to the ceiling in order to determine the heights of the 2×4’s that would make up the main section of the fireplace.
After they got the measurements and everything was cut to size they assembled it. Sorry about the Craptastic Lighting on these we’re in Indiana and it gets dark at 3PM LOL
The frame included a box for the heater/fireplace and a box for our components.Once they assembled it in the driveway they then attached it to the hearth with the 3 in wood screws and to the wall with the drywall anchors.
Once the main frame was up they framed in the component box and added studs to the middle so we could hang the TV.
Next it was time to wrap it with plywood. They just held the pieces up scored them with a pencil and ripped them down with a circular saw. They covered the sides, the front, and the hearth; Attaching the plywood with wood screws where there were studs. At this stage we also drilled the holes for the Fireplace insert and Mounted the TV where we wanted it.
Now that the plywood is done and I painted the firebox black.Time to put the L brackets on for the mantle, then attach the pallet wood.We mounted and leveled them first so they’d be covered by the pallet wood. The mantle is a gorgeous piece of maple A dear friend, Ms. Marsha, gave me. We had to pre-drill the holes(maple is a very hard wood) then used 2 inch screws to attach it. Next we were on to the pallet wood. *****We also Built our custom built-ins at this stage. You can see that tutorial HERE*******.
If you’re worried about the plywood showing through the cracks of your pallet wood you can paint the plywood black or brown. I wasn’t really worried about it. There was no rhyme or reason to the way we attached the pallet wood. We just made sure none of the seams matched up kind of like a brick pattern. They started with the hearth and used the same method of holding it on there, scoring what line to cut, then attaching each piece with the Ryobi Air Strike. It was all kind of like a jigsaw puzzle trying to figure out what colors,sizes,and grains went where. We took the Pallet wood all the way tot the ceiling to make it look like it was a real chimney that goes through the roof.
Gorgeous right? I really honestly still can’t believe this is in my house. I’m amazed by it everytime I walk out of my bedroom LOL. It’s just exactly what I wanted.
Here it is all decked out for Christmas. SWOOON! Be sure to check out how we did our Custom Built-ins HERE. Thanks so much for stopping by.I’ll be Linking up HEREandHERE