I love having a fireplace. The mantel is a great focal point and a nice area to decorate. Our fireplace was pretty plain. It had the same 12×12 tiles around it that are in all of our bathrooms.
I like the mantle, but wanted to build some columns on the sides to give it more detail. I decided on some stacked stone to replace the tile. Originally I thought that I could just put the new tile over the old tile. Then, I came to my senses and realized that I would have to rip out the old and start with a new surface. I used a saw to cut around the tile on both sides and just pulled it off. The tile and drywall came off together.
Then I got a couple of pieces of drywall repair sheets and filled in the space. The sheets were the perfect size to fit in my car.
I didn’t bother with mudding and taping because the mortar would fill in the gaps. Next, I started to build the columns. I used pieces of 1 inch thick (which is actually 3/4 inch) poplar to frame the fireplace.
I built a box at the bottom and used thin strips to add trim to the columns. This really added that special touch.
Next, I filled the nail holes and gaps with spackling and wood filler and sanded everything. After that I added a coat of primer and two coats of paint.
Next step was the tile. I picked up 4 boxes of these tiles from Menards. I started at the top and used a ledger board to keep the tile in place until it dried.
The last step of the project was the wall above the mantle. We have vaulted ceilings that I wanted to accentuate with a shiplap planked wall. I had some plywood strips left over from the shiplap that I did in the bathroom. I just had to buy one more 4×8′ sheet and had Home Depot cut it into 8″ strips. I attached two 1×3″ boards on the sides, then started filling in the space with the strips. I painted the 1×3 boards before I attached them.
The top boards were a little difficult to say the least! Climbing up to 16′ high on a ladder while carrying a board and a nail gun isn’t fun for me! But, I’m happy with the end result, so I guess it was worth it! Now to address the elephant in the room….
The ugly vent on the wall. I was hoping that once the wall was planked that it would blend in more. But, if anything, I think it stands out more! It is the vent for the fireplace, so I guess it needs to be there! I decided that a couple of tobacco baskets would look pretty and would be open enough to allow ventilation.
I added this mirror that I found at Home Goods and I think the space is complete!
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