A DIY tutorial about how to build a realistic looking oversized faux fireplace using a thrifted mantel.
- The ready-made mantel front (found for $100 on Craigslist)
- 3 plywood sheets
- 9 2×4 boards
- Carpentry nails
- Finishing nails
- Drywall screws
- Tape measure
- Circular saw (I’ve heard amazing things about this one, which we’ll soon be upgrading to.)
- Jigsaw (We use this one a lot.)
- Piano hinge
- Hammer or pneumatic nail gun (We have this 3-in-one nailer/stapler and love it!)
- Power drill
- Hack saw
*I didn’t include measurements in this post since your measurements will depend on the mantel you use as well as the size of your room. But in the case of fireplaces, it’s better to have an oversized, statement-making fireplace in a room than a small one that could become dwarfed in a large room.
One day, we might muster up the funds to have a real gas firebox insert put in, but we’re excited about the versatility of our setup.
What are your thoughts on it so far? Have any of you built a faux fireplace before or have a hankering to?