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DIY Faux Fireplace Updated

Consider this the alternate ending to our DIY Faux Fireplace. Because those are always the best anyway, right?

(I’m still holding my breath for Jon Snow’s alternate ending on Game of Thrones.)

So here’s where we left off in season two of the Bless’er House Can’t-Leave-Well-Enough-Alone Chronicles.

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Up until last week, our ginormous 60″ TV was still hanging out above our mantel, and as much as I really despised it, that dang TV was the one thing Robert really wanted.

But then one night mid-Netflixathon, Robert had the idea to move the big black box to our stairway wall. Because it really was a pain in the neck (literally) to look up at that big screen sometimes. Once our DIY antique printers cabinet media console entered the room, it gave us free reign for our fireplace!

And that meant the log end door we had made to hide all of the cords feeding down to the outlet behind the fireplace could go buh-bye. Yay!

It was a big job though, so of course we had to hire an extra pair of hands. Even if they were a lot smaller than the typical handyman’s. 😉

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

Her Princess Anna costume is her work uniform, apparently.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

After we removed the firebox door, we were back to this setup.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

Robert and Olivia removed the TV mount while they were at it too. (And yes, I had a mini heart attack right here.)

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

You can see the full list of supplies and instructions to build our faux fireplace in this previous post.

For the firebox, here are the supplies we used:  (Affiliate links are provided below. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)

  • 1 panel of brick hardboard
  • Circular saw (We have this one and it does a great job.)
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • 1.5″ finishing nails
  • Hammer or pneumatic nail gun
  • Latex caulk (and caulk tool if you’re a messy caulker like me and need some help)
  • Paint brush (I always use this one.)
  • Flat black paint (I just used some leftover chalkboard paint I had.)

We nailed down a couple of 2×4 pieces at the bottom of our firebox first to make it completely level and stable for the brick panel since it would eventually hold heavy logs.

Then we measured the width and depth we needed to cut our first piece of the brick paneling for the bottom and anchored it with finishing nails.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

We measured and cut the paneling again for the sides, and we secured it with more nails.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

Since we had two outlets to work around (for whatever reason we may need access to one day), we used a jigsaw to cut out those spots in the paneling. Then nailed it up and caulked all of the seams.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

After two coats of the flat black paint, the outlets pretty much disappeared. We could have gotten black outlet covers, but I wanted them to be matte and blend in and outlet covers have a shine to them and would have been more noticeable.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

I found this fireplace grate at the thrift store for a few bucks the other day and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

Lucky for us, it was the perfect fit. I filled it with some birch logs just for decor purposes.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

We obviously won’t be burning a fire in this firebox as this is purely for looks. But considering we got an entire inch of snow this whole winter here in Charlotte, I think we’ll still survive without the working one.

I seriously debated getting an electrical fireplace insert but for the size we needed, it was going to be close to $500. Eh…I’m cool with this firebox that cost us about $35 instead.

So now, I have so much decorating space on our newly cleared mantel! Thank goodness that TV is gone!

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

I’ll be sharing more about the new TV spot later. So now that I’m left with this blank canvas, what are your favorite ways to decorate a mantel? I’m already trying to think of how I’m going to fancy it up for summer.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

I have another place in our house that I’m hoping to use this brick paneling, and if it turns out the way I have it planned in my head, it’s going to be awesomesauce!

Is it semi-convincing? There are so many DIY possibilities with this stuff.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

On a side note, our coffee table got a new stain job on the top since it had really gotten a workout lately with the kiddo climbing all over it all the time. It’s still a work in progress.

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

So now it’s up to the critics. Are you a fan of this alternate ending? Or was the original log front door more your scene?

By the way, if you’re curious about any of the items in our living room (like that fan and those curtains that some of you guys have asked about), you can see all of our sources over at the Shop the House page.

If you ever get the hankering to build your own ginormous faux fireplace, you can pin this post for later too:

DIY Faux Fireplace Updated | blesserhouse.com - This fireplace looks so real and it cost about $600 to build!

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45 Comments

  1. Wow! Amazing job guys! ????
    Can Robert be hired out ? Lol
    My daughter is buying a townhouse in a few months and would love this or something similar on her wall…
    You both make a great team …
    So talented…

  2. What did you use for the hearth? Are they cement patio pavers??? I love the way it looks! You guys are so talented. Also did you slip cover those accent chairs? When I pull them up on Ikea they are blue stripe and yours look grey.

    1. Yes! They were cheapo pavers. 🙂 As for the accent chairs, are you referring to the ones in our new house? If so, we have the gray Stocksund accent chairs from IKEA. They come slipcovered; we didn’t make them.

  3. What did you use for the hearth? Are they cement patio pavers??? I love the way it looks! You guys are so talented

  4. Lauren

    Love your faux fireplace. I’m in the process of drawing up plans for a new house and was going to put in a gas fireplace but estimates were really more than I cared to spend. Next thought was quartz electric fire place /heater (these are quite realistic now), found one complete with a coastal cottage/shaker style surround with a simulated grey stacked stone surround on Lowe’s site that was very nice looking and a good size. It obviously needed a hearth and your design is perfect for it with just a slight modification. Had already planned the shiplap chimney breast like yours. Now am comparing the cost between that idea and doing it all from scratch, buying the electric FP insert and building the mantle surround and doing faux stack stone like yours. Looked at the Air Stone and also some real stone (also from Lowes) that will cut with a tile saw. Will only do the stone around the FP opening as I will be putting shelving units with cabinets on either side eventually, so I will do wood sides for now. I have a gas insert in the fireplace in my current home and love the look of fireplaces and mantels for the ambience they give a room (and the extra heat is nice) but the shallower depth of both the faux FP like yours and the electric ones can be an advantage in not eating up so much square footage when it is on an interior wall as mine will be. Yours is great and I liked both the stacked logs and the one with the “brick” and the grate. (That brick paneling is neat and you can do a lot with it). I also plan to put an outlet in the mantle for Christmas lights as well as on top the shelves on either side, thinking ahead to the possibilities of display lighting. Like you two, my husband and I did a lot of DIY in our various houses over the years and he was an excellent wood worker and built a number of furniture pieces. It was great to work together on projects. I am looking forward to reading others things on your blog (want to see your “brick panel” projects. Again, I enjoyed your mantle project. All the best, Jill

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  5. We are using your plans to make our very own beautiful faux fireplace. Wish us luck! Thank you for taking the time to make your detailed blog posts! One questions. Did you use any molding or another product on the sides of the wood planks up the wall to cover up the rough cuts? If so, what did you use? Thank you!

  6. I have to know… did you DIY the shiplap overmantle?! I love it! If you did that yourself too, do you have a blog post about how to do it?? Absolutely gorgeous fireplace!

  7. Wow the possibilities since you have a plug. I’d have to get some Christmas lights and mingle in under my logs, especially at Christmas! Great job. You could also put some lanterns with lights on the side, etc.

  8. We have a whole brick fireplace and I hate the brick from bottom to the top
    The fireplace is a working fireplace
    I like to put wood above the mantel do you have any idea what I have to do to get the wood up against the brick and what type of wood do I have to use because the fireplace is still working and I don’t wanted it to go up in flames

    Thanks

    1. Hi, Truus! Unfortunately, I haven’t attempted putting wood over brick, but I don’t think I can really advise you on that since that could possibly be a fire hazard that would make it not up to code. I think your best bet would be asking a licensed contractor to get a professional’s insight. So sorry I can’t be more help than that. Have you tried whitewashing or painting the brick? That could be a good, inexpensive way to change it without causing any safety issues.

  9. I can’t wait to see how you decorate around your giant tv lol!!! I seriously needed this post because yesterday my husband and I just bought a 65″ GINORMOUS tv and while the picture is great, it’s just huge. I feel like it’s bigger than me. It looks gigantic on our tv stand and takes up a huge portion of the wall. My plan was to put a gallery wall around it, but that big black box is so huge im not sure if anything is going to look right. I had a mild panic about never being able to decorate with the massive tv. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

    >> Christene @ Keys to Inspiration – fellow large tv owner 😉

    PS- totally envious of that awesome mantle space!!! We don’t have a fireplace because we are in a townhome (not even a fake one) so no mantle for me. But I love seeing beautifully decorated mantles especially with greens during the holidays.

    1. I’m attempting it now and it’s a doozy! But I’m excited to share it. The things we do for our guys and their big screens. 😉 This is the first mantel I’ll be able to decorate without a big black box in the way, so I know exactly what you mean. Before now, I was so envious of the beautifully decorated mantels at Christmas.

  10. I hadn’t seen your log front door yet, and I loved the idea. How do you think of it? But then I saw the black brick background with a black iron grate, and that goes so much better with the surrounding room. I didn’t know brick paneling existed, what a great material to work with!

    1. It’s goooooood stuff! We have another project we’re using with the brick paneling that I’ll be showing (hopefully) in a couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  11. I like it so much better. I’ve never been a fan of elevated TVs. You are going to have so much fun decorating your mantle. This is the first house we don’t have a fireplace in…ever. Florida island and fireplace don’t seem to really go together. When I did have a fireplace though…I loved using a collection of smaller framed art. I also am a big fan of symmetry. Buy 2 of everything! Have a great weekend.

    1. Oh I am soooooo excited to start playing with this mantel now. Thanks for the tips, Nancy! Symmetry fan here too.

  12. Ahhh, so excited for you that you got to move your tv! My hubby and I had the same TV comprimise and he eventually ended up wanting ours moved, too. Holla!!! I loved your original log front, but agree, this one looks super realistic! Love them both!

    1. Haha! Yaaaaaay! It’s so nice not having to crane your neck up at it, right? It wasn’t THAT bad, but now that it’s eye level, I’m realizing how much better it is.

  13. While I loved the original, I think I prefer this one better! It looks much more realistic and plus I’m a huge fan of having a TV anywhere BUT over the fireplace 😉 Can’t wait to see where you put it!

    1. Same here! I was not a fan of that TV there in the beginning but it was a compromise. Thanks, Jackie!

  14. This looks great Lauren. And I have to admit, although I was very fond of the original, this does look much more realistic. Now let’s see where that tv is going, and how does Robert feel about this? ;).

    1. Haha! It was his idea to move it, I swear. My jaw dropped when he said, “Let’s move the TV.” Umm…yeah! I’ll be sharing more about the TV situation soon.

  15. Oh my gosh! You must be so excited to have the tv gone from that spot and I need to know right now what you did with it! I’m working on a plan to make our largest tv disappear and I need some genius inspiration! Beautiful job.

    1. I’ll never tell. Mwahahahaha! Nah. I’m kidding. We put it over our printers cabinet we just made the other week. 😉 I’ll be sharing more about it very soon.

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