Fireplace Makeover

Fireplace Makeover

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!


I would love for you to comment or ask questions.  Thanks for stopping by!

Published by tamiloecker

I live in Lawrence, KS with my husband and son Chad. I am a dental hygienist. We have a yellow lab named Beau.

7 comments on “Fireplace Makeover”

  1. Ruth Kingery says:

    Another beautiful project completed.It will be a feast for your eyes this fall with the fire going!

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you Mom!

  2. Stacey Balius says:

    Another beautiful transformation! Love it!

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you Stacey!

  3. Jody says:

    Shiplap! 😉

  4. Yvonne Lim says:

    Looks amazing! Great job, Tami.

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you Yvonne!

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