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DIY Fireplace Makeover


Hey there everyone! It sure has been a long time since we have hung out here! Lol! I may have been in hiding, but I have been working! My latest installment of, make our house look decent, is our Fireplace Makeover! I could not be more excited with how it turned out!

DIY Fireplace Makeover - Shiplapped the top of the fireplace and created molding around the hearth to cover the concrete that was beneath!

I bet you are curious to see what it looked like before! Well, here you go!

Sorry I didn’t stage the photo! Lol! When I FINALLY start a project, I can’t even think about wasting time to stage it, and yes, I could have cleaned it since I had to take everything off to get started…but then I would have forgotten to take a before photo!???? I can’t win them all, you just have to have an ugly before photo!????

Now, I didn’t necessarily hate the concrete, it was just starting to flake off. Sometimes large chunks, and most often just powdery residue on the floor around it! It was frustrating to clean it up almost daily. Plus, I wanted to sit and enjoy my coffee by the fireplace…but I would get up and have cement dust all over my butt! ???? Now, I can enjoy it without any worries, and the best part is…I didn’t have to remove the concrete.

Fireplace makeover up close Remember the cement wall in my kitchen renovation that we took out? Well, after removing that and the MESS it created, there was NO WAY I was removing this from the fireplace. We decided to just cover it up to make it a quick and easy weekend project! I am hilarious, seriously…a weekend project…bahaha!! Who was I kidding that I can do anything over ONE weekend?! ???? Yeah, I am not sure when I even started this makeover, does that tell you how long ago it was?! I think it was before last Christmas but I am really hoping I am wrong! ????????

Would you like to see how I made this fireplace makeover happen…in way more than a weekend! Lol!

DIY Fireplace Makeover shown from the side

I am so eager to decorate this baby for winter! I can picture it already!????

Alright to start, I will show the materials I used but, if you wanted to makeover your fireplace, in the same way, you will need different amounts of materials!

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3/16″ underlayment (like plywood but cheaper) ripped into 6″ strips

1/2″ MDF

1×4 primed board

-2×4 board

stick of crown molding

baseboard molding

pine edge-glued panel

6×6 cedar post

brad nailer

hex bolts

laser level

Caulk gun – this is one of my FAVORITE tools ever! No more hand cramps while caulking! I put a link to amazon to show you the caulk gun but you can pick it up at your local Home Depot for 39.99 without a battery or charger if you already have Ryobi 18v tools!

caulk -Dynaflex Alex Flex – this is also my FAVORITE caulk! The main difference between this caulk and others, this one DOES NOT SHINE through paint! Take it from a woman who has been caulking baseboards, window trim, door trim and everything else in our home…it is the BEST I have found!

Fireplace Makeover

So the whole process of the fireplace makeover is simple as can be! The sheer size of this fireplace and the angles that most fireplaces do not have made it take a lot longer than any other fireplace makeovers will!

I started the makeover by covering the hearth. I ripped the 24″ pine panels down to 19″. The hearth measured a little under 18″ and the MDF was 1/2″ thick that I was adding to the bottom of the hearth. The underlayment was 3/16″ so this left around a 1/2″ hangover which I wanted! Pictures are a little blurry for the next few steps.????

fireplace makeover - covering the hearth

Once I had the hearth, or seat as I think of it, covered I could just start working from the bottom up. I covered the whole base with underlayment. I did not bevel it or anything for the angles since I was adding the MDF molding later.

fireplace makeover - covering the hearth

I then added the trim molding out of MDF, I did miter/bevel the ends for seamless fit! Our fireplace ended up having roughly 30 degree miters, so each board is mitered 15 degrees off square.

Fireplace Makeover - Adding the trim molding and baseboards

I bumped the base MDF up a few inches from the floor because I was adding baseboard over this.

Fireplace Makeover - adding basebaords

I just kept adding the molding to make the fireplace base match my kitchen cabinets! I love the traditional squares made of molding!

Fireplace Makeover - adding baseboards

DIY Fireplace Makeover - Adding MDF to make squares out of molding

So this was the work I actually accomplished in that one weekend. Then I left it to sit at this place for a long time, you want to know why? My brad nails kept hitting the concrete and curling back up through my shiplap boards…and that pissed me off! Lol! Once I was determined to get back to it, months later, it was quick progress though.

I just cut and brad nailed the shiplap boards over and over until I reached the top of the primed 1×4. Then it was time to figure out the mantel!

Adding shiplap to the fireplace

We don’t have any real salvaged wood yards around here, and I really didn’t want to build a faux beam mantel, so I decided I would use a real solid piece of wood but I would buy it brand new and let it weather outside for a while. Cedar is the only non-treated wood I could find in a 6×6, and for a reasonable cost, so I went with it!???? After weathering a few weeks it lost that orangy color that cedar tends to have (that I don’t like)! I love it now that it is a more warm wood color with gray tones!????

To hang the cedar post, I had my hubby do this for me while I was out and about on motherly duty! ????He screwed a 2×4 on the fireplace, using hex screws that were pretty big into the studs of the fireplace. You can see it in the picture even though this picture is out of order with the others!

Hanging the mantel - fireplace makeover

He then traced the 2×4 onto the back of the cedar post, drilled holes in the corners, and using a router routed out the back of the post so it could be ‘hung’ on the 2×4 and screwed into it!

Making a mantel - fireplace makeover

The router didn’t work as fast as he was hoping so he ended up switching over to the circular saw and only using the router on the ends.

We used our laser level to make sure everything was level throughout the entire fireplace makeover. It is so easy to get off and then with all the lines, it is very obvious! This laser level (affiliate link) I cannot recommend enough, it has saved me on ALL my renovation projects! I honestly do not know how I would have accomplished some of them without it!

Anyway, back to the shiplap boards! After the 2×4 was set, I just kept adding the shiplap all the way up to the ceiling! I also had my hubby move the lightboxes to the fireplace instead of in the ceiling. You know, I am not sure I love that I placed the lights there…I wasn’t even thinking that it was going to totally mess up my decor options!????????

DIY Fireplace Makeover

DIY Fireplace Makeover - Concrete fireplace replaced with shiplap

If you notice, my very top board is larger than 6″, I had to cut one at 8 1/2″ because the ceiling was not level! Once again, same problem I have all over this house! Lol! I opted to trick the eye into thinking it was straight by placing the larger board. If I would have used a 6″ board, the line would have been under the crown molding on the left side of the fireplace and then you would have seen the line on the right side of the fireplace! Talk about distracting and bothersome! Oy! I would have gone crazy, but this little change-up saved me! ????

I added the crown molding, and boom, almost done! I will admit I was ready to party once I was at this stage in the project!

Hanging the mantel - fireplace makeover

Now everything just needed to be caulked to cover ALL MY IMPERFECTIONS!! ????

And last but not least, paint! I opted to spray the fireplace vs hand roll it because a few minutes taping everything off saves a TON of time not having to roll the paint on! Each coat literally only took 10 minutes to spray on! The most underrated tool in my tool arsenal I believe is my paint sprayer (affiliate link)! I LOVE my Home Right sprayer…no this post is not sponsored by Home Right, Ryobi, or anyone else, I just love sharing what makes DIY a little easier for me with you!

Here she is ready for her spray!


Fireplace Makeover - painter's tape in place and ready to spray paint

When using a paint sprayer, you definitely want to cover surfaces because the overspray/dust can go places you wouldn’t even imagine! Lol!

Another amazing product that I discovered recently is this painters’ tape (affiliate link) that comes with 24″ of plastic already attached to it, they even have it with 48″ already attached! Let me just tell you…it’s a freaking game changer…the real MVP of this makeover!????

Primer sprayed! I used the same primer on this as I did my kitchen cabinets, its called Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3, and the best place to get it is your local WalMart, they have the best price!

Fireplace Makeover - Primer sprayed

I painted the fireplace Pure White by Sherwin Williams, two coats and it was time to add all the finishing touches! Woohoo!

DIY Fireplace Makeover - Shiplapped the top of the fireplace and created molding around the hearth to cover the concrete that was beneath!

Here is the link to the step by step post for the modern blanket ladder I built recently if you would like to build one for yourself!

And here are links to the items I used to decorate the fireplace! Some may be affiliate links, others are not!

Lights – Amazon – I only paid 36.00 for them, when I added this link they are charging 99.00… don’t pay that much they will go down!

Mirror – Target

Basket – Target – discontinued!

Lantern – Walmart

Horse – antique store locally – I would have bought this one off of Wayfair though had I seen it first, I felt like I was completely ripped off on the price of the horse I bought! Lol!

Small White Houses – Target Dollar Spot!

I hope you enjoyed following along with the process of transforming my fireplace in this post! Any questions ask away in the comments! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  1. Hi there,
    I was curious to know the name of the colour of the paint on your walls? We are using Pure White for our fireplace as well and love how it looks with your wall colour. Thanks!

    1. Hey Vanessa!
      Thank you so much for your kind words! Our wall color is Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams! Thanks for stopping by! Have a good one!

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