Fireplace Makeover


Brick fireplace makeover with stained wood.



Just moved in and this above was just not going to work. If you look close it has cracks in it repaired half a**ed. It's the focal point in the room. We were getting new carpets so, I decided to tackle the FP before they were installed.

I used $2 wood strips and concrete nails. I hammered them in at the mortar joints, then took down the mantle and used a grinder to take off/out some bricks to make room for electrical.

I went to a local landscaping place and picked up pieces of slate. I needed to cut some with a grinder. The hearth I made myself using 2 of the slabs. I needed to do in it stages, but it turned out ok. I used mortar to set them in place.

The shiny look in this picture is just from a soap wash, but I obtained the look later by using Murphy's Tung Oil. (found a video on youtube.)

I ran all my electrical and set up for TV and surround sound and the box I needed to build to hold up my system. I spray painted the strips black in case I ran into any gaps in the wood so they would not see through.

Went to Lowes and bought 20 pieces of 3 different sizes of pine. All 8 foot in length. I got 6 different stains and stained each piece. I then started to install them completely random. Put up pieces up in lengths of 2 ft to a full 8 ft pieces. Used a chop saw to cut to desired length. just went with it and eyed up the colors.

The black spot on the bottom was a test to see if I was going to use paint or wood on the bottom. I ended up using wood.

I used a brad nailer to attach each piece. This will be an easy dismantle in the future if I decide to do that.

Yup, that is an air return in the picture for my heater. Odd place for it right? Just my creative side...I made these two doors to match the wall. The box also functions as storage for remotes or anything.

I only used regular stain without the poly. After the wall was up I coated it with one coat of poly to give it a little shine.

The fireplace insert on Ebay was like $350..ya no thanks, I'm on a budget. I used sandpaper to scuff the brass and sprayed it with high heat black. looks ok.

Carpet and Ellie

Final...thanks for looking! Edit.... For all the questions on the safety of the TV. I did hours of research on youtube and google and I found no solid answer on "don't do it or do it" As I mentioned on some of the comments below Ebay sells a heat deflector for above the hearth but after several test fires with the FP insert I found 99% of the heat gets pushed outward. Little escapes the insert and pushes upward towards the TV. I live in a climate where I probably burn fires from December to March. So even that 1% of heat that might actually hit the TV in these few months (IMO) will not hurt it. Thanks oh..and I'm an Eagles fan.

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  • Danene Simoson
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Wow...love it...ive got a brick fireplace but the bricks are not flat lile yours..any ideas as it looks old fashioned...somebody suggested paint...i really dont have a clue what to do...excellent job.

    • Margy42
      on Jan 12, 2017

      I updated my 50+ year old fireplace with chalk paint, latex paint from the walls, and water. Brushed it on being sure to get it into the "grout" lines, and then rubbed it off until I got it exactly the way I wanted it. I did a test on a side that didn't show too much as a guide. It brightened it up considerably along with the rest of the room and also blended it into the walls so it didn't jump out at me. Room seems considerably brighter and happier. At 74 it only took me a day and a half (10 foot wide to ceiling with a 3 foot hearth in height and depth.) Started at the top and worked my way across and down. P.S. Try it in a small space. Stand back and look at it. If you don't like it you can wash it off and think of something else.

    • Bbj2012153
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Margyb42 please show us some pictures as I am looking for some ides of what to do with my fireplace.

    • Deena Spence Grimsley
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Yes, pictures please!!!!!!

    • Michelle Johnson
      on Jan 12, 2017

      would love to see pics

    • Mark
      on Nov 17, 2017

      We had a fireplace with the really rough, uneven bricks and placed tile over it all. Used thinset as it is more heat resistant than the poly stuff that is premixed. Smoothed the brick out with a layer of the thinset then laid the tile over the top of that.

    • Regina
      on Nov 23, 2017

      It looks beautiful, but what did you decide to do below the hearth? It's black. Is it wood painted?

  • GBK
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Just curious, how deep are your electrical wires sunk? Where I am the code says 1 1/2 inches. It looks like you used furring strips there, which are 5/8 inches.

    • Cathy Johnson
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Even DIY jobs need to adhere to code and may require permits and inspections. I encourage all DIY home improvements such as this one be run past your municipal code officer. Projects built without this step can lead to safety issues and extra headaches when it is time to sell your home.

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      5/8 or might be 1/2 can't remember.

    • Maureen May
      on Jan 12, 2017

      A lovely job Frank, well done.

    • GBK
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Aside from buying another dozen furring strips, and doubling them up for more depth, I would have produced the exact same thing if I'd had the vision! Looks wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial, will try to replicate over mine!

  • Lucille
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Beautiful,great directions.what was the final cost to do this?

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      hmmm. I'll say the entire wall project was around $500/$600 with the electrical (accent lights) another $300. right around $900 or less.

  • Btj11695602
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Looks great! When you have a fire does the black paint smell at all?

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      nope. I even spray painted the inside of fireplace where the fire burns with high heat black. nothing smells or is peeling off yet.

    • B. Enne
      on Jan 12, 2017

      The guy who maintains/cleans/services my gas fireplace, used HH black paint inside as well, and we have never had any problems.

  • Hedda
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Beautiful job! What did you do with the air return? You mentioned it but didn't say what you did and in the other photos, it's disappeared. Just curious - we have one in our den I'd like to do something with.

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      its there, I just spray painted the return cover gloss black.

  • Jse10938265
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Will heat bother those boards

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      No. I put a 7 inch piece of slate around the pit plus the FP insert. Wood is safe IMO

  • I want to do something similar on a regular wall in my living room. Would you suggest placing the vertical boards on this prior to placement too? The wall is just wallboard now. Thanks looks beautiful.

  • Mary Gadell Roesener
    on Jan 12, 2017

    what did you use around the immediate hearth...it looks black? Is it wood or metal

  • Z Demiral
    on Jan 12, 2017

    What did you secure the TV mount into? Did you attach it so that it would be drilled into the brick or did you simply attach it to the wood strips? Or did you secure it into the wider, horizontal boards that you seem to have nailed into the mortar joints (between the wood strips)? I'm just curious as to what was secure enough to hold the weight of the TV. Thank you! The space looks great now! Enjoy!

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Hey, I bought a standard TV mount off Ebay for like $20. I nailed the large pieces of support wood first with the concrete nails. Put a few extra nails in because I knew it would need to support TV. Used lag bolts through top wood into support wood.

  • Loc16598108
    on Jan 12, 2017

    How did you box in the hearth ? Would also need to do that with the fireplace surround. It doesn't cover an entire wall

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      tile saw with heavy duty blade. cut slate slabs

  • Margaret Caputo
    on Jan 12, 2017

    How often do you need to use Tung Oil in the slate, doesnit make the slate slippery, and does it have an odor? TT! (Great job in the surround-wow!)

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Did it only one time so far. Holding up nicely. about a month ago. No slip or odor.

    • Jko5765157
      on Jan 12, 2017

      I use Olive oil with a squeeze of lemon juice and it works well..

    • Glory Bee
      on Jan 12, 2017

      I used olive oil once and my dog spent a lot of time licking it off.

  • Sara Carson
    on Jan 12, 2017

    so how much wood did that take?? Going to figure out how to cover a half stone wall this way. Not a flat 'smooth' surface so it will be a bit more difficult i think; but looks like it will totally be worth it. This is beautiful!!

    • Frank
      on Jan 15, 2017

      give or take about 60 pieces (20 of each size)

  • Jay
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Steeler fan?

  • Heather Smith
    on Jan 12, 2017

    I understand the heat from the fireplace is very hard on the TV if you don't have a mantle to prevent the heat from rising directly up to the TV. TV repairmen love this new design idea. Is this a problem with yours?

  • Karen Ballou
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Where did you move the heater air return to?

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      I didn't it's still there I just painted the cover plate.

  • Christina aka Queenopearls
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Did you have the fireplace chimney swept or inspected before starting all this beautiful work?

  • Paulette
    on Jan 12, 2017

    I assume this is in an exposed basement area? It sure beats the old paneling I have in my rec room.

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      split level house no basement. but this is the lower level.

  • Bobbie
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Can the television with stand the heat from the fireplace?

  • Nico
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Omg ! Where were you when I had my ugly fake rocks one! I love this ! Can you come over and do my wall lol ! Really great!!

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      lol. Thanks

    • Frank
      on Jan 12, 2017

      Wow Bowie...sweet!

    • Nico
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Yes I'm a very sad girl ! I have photos from 1978 with him too... a very kind man ! My Hero and it's still difficult ... very hard as his bday was the 8th and DOD the 10th :( .. but yes I'm am blessed to have met him and seen him so many times! And I love your work !!! Amazing ! When should I expect you lol ?

  • Bar17218364
    on Jan 12, 2017

    I always wonder whenever I see a TV installed over a fireplace - Does the heat from the fireplace eventually cause a problem with the TV or the body of the TV (melting, overheating)?

    • Cliff
      on Jan 13, 2017

      have a tv over gas fireplace for 10 years...not a problem to date.

    • Christine
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Yes it will. I have a natural gas fireplace and it stated in the manual that there needed to be a mantel to reflect the heat that radiates out from the front. The depth or width of the mantel will be determined by the height or distance it is placed from the top of the opening. Some people have been lucky and haven't had any issues. A lady I was talking to couldn't understand why her son had such bad luck with 3 TV's in 2 years. Finally found out the heat damaged them from his wood fireplace. Hope this helps.

  • Mary Hamblin
    on Jan 12, 2017

    Beautiful. Is this fire proof? Our contractor wouldn't put wood columns beside the fire box on our fireplace makeover because it didn't meet code.

    • Frank
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Big difference between a contractor and doing it yourself. I doubt any contractor would want to do a job like this. Thanks

    • Moc6032243
      on Jan 13, 2017

      If you really think about it, as difficult as it is too start a fire in the fire box, it would be even more difficult to start the wood on fire that is surrounding the fire box. You would have to hold something burning right on it.

    • Frank
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Well said Mochamjt. everyone in doubt should read your comment! Thanks

  • Laura Kackman
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Love what you did! The carpeting looks like it was made for the room. Are there any other fur-babies in the house? My dad had a cat named Ellie that looked like her, I miss my dad!!

  • Red10075577
    on Jan 13, 2017

    do you burn he fireplace while watching TV

    • Darlene
      on Jan 13, 2017

      This is an interesting remodel but personally I am not fond of this upgrade.

    • Roland Ronish
      on Jan 13, 2017

      I'm a contractor and the "upgrade" is a nice way to hide the brick that might crack again. It's his choice, and I say he did a great job.

    • Chante
      on Jan 13, 2017

      I agree with Roland, it looks great! I'm always mystified by people who feel compelled to post negative comments for no good reason, adding nothing to further the conversation or offer helpful input, simply getting their two cents in that they don't like what someone did (regardless of how hard they may have worked on it and the pride they feel). Freedom of speech certainly, but rude and unkind, definitely.

    • Amber D. Freeman
      on Jan 13, 2017

      contractor or not, I think it looks fabulous, :-)

    • Frank
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Thanks everyone! And yes I have burned many fires this winter so far while watching TV

    • MARIE
      on Jan 13, 2017

      great job

    • Jackie Bole
      on Jan 13, 2017

      If you are fortunate enough to have a brick wall and a fireplace in it? Never cover it. Never.

    • Susie Pruetzel
      on Jan 13, 2017

      great job and it looks beautiful!

    • Karen V
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Frank it looks beautiful and you did a great job... Thank goodness we live in a country that allows us freedom to decorate how we wish LOL...

    • Johanne
      on Jan 13, 2017

      You did an absolutely awesome job on your fireplace. It looks fantastic. It seriously makes me wish that I had a fireplace. We live in an area where it is rarely gets below 60°F. Sadly, we really have no need to have a fireplace. And the electric ones are . . . just not the same. Maybe someday we will come up with a excuse to install a indoor one.

  • Anneliese Clear
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Did you relocate the air return vent, or just cover it up? I saw you mentioned it in one picture, but then didn't say what you eventually did to it. The wall looks beautiful!

    • Shelia Lee Dendy
      on Jan 13, 2017

      He painted the return black but did not cover it up. Look for the black square between the fireplace and the box he built

    • Frank
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Thanks Shelia!

    • Anneliese Clear
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Oh wow - nice camouflage! I didn't even notice it, and I was really looking. :-)

  • Llk3031894
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Stupid spell check! Awesome change!

    • Frank
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Thank You

    • Jus10482489
      on Jan 13, 2017

      WoW is all I can say

    • Lisa Warner-Ketterer
      on Jan 13, 2017

      Looks awesome!!! What a cool transformation!!!! You said you put slate around the firebox opening, right? I don't think you need to worry about the wood on the wall burning. Code calls for 6 inches of non flammable material around opening

    • Patti DeRaps
      on Jan 14, 2017

      Great job I love it. I have an ugly fireplace but one end is right against the wall not in the center of the room can't even use it.

    • Frank
      on Jan 14, 2017

      Lisa. I looked up that code too. I made a 7 inch slate piece around the opening. Thanks.

  • Elizabeth Abell
    on Jan 13, 2017

    I pray that wood want burn.

  • Evelyn Evvy Marinaccio
    on Jan 13, 2017

    How is the Heat from the Fire place going to affect the TV ?

    • Frank
      on Jan 13, 2017

      We shall see. So far so good. My guess is I'm good but you have a lot of commets that would argue different. thanks

    • Natalie Lawson Dorsett
      on Jan 14, 2017

      We have a 52" TV above our fireplace and have had no issues. Love being able to see the fireplace and TV at the same time.

    • Cyndi Sims
      on Jan 14, 2017

      LOVE your project!!! Great job. I've been trying for months, actually years trying to figure out whether or not to put the tv over the fireplace. Your comments are making me lean towards the Yes decision. Nice job. 👍

  • Amy
    on Jan 14, 2017

    Any chance that you live in PA and are for hire to do this at my house? Gorgeous!!

    • Frank
      on Jan 14, 2017

      Lol. Right out of Philly over the bridge in Cherry Hill. Thanks

  • Marie
    on Jan 14, 2017

    That looks awesome! We have a fp and it is a wall of stone, see pic. I've been getting remodel quotes to take it down and put up sheetrock,cabinets & windows, the costs are outrageous! I might hv to for go the windows :(

    , This is my wall of stone I wonder if what you did would work on it Yes that s a Cowboy blanket we are long time fans no hate LOL
    • LDE6950865
      on Jan 15, 2017

      Yes absolutely - that same type makeover would work on yours too and would be very nice!

    • Frank
      on Jan 15, 2017

      Yup. Looks like a slightly harder job to get the strips up since your stones do not look even. But you can find a way. Definitely! Thanks

    • Sar12875032
      on Jan 16, 2017

      Gee, I love the stone, but losing that mantle piece would make a world of difference!

    • Olene Bigelow
      on Jan 17, 2017

      Please check with your local building official for allowable distances from the firebox to combustible materials.

    • Joyce
      on Jan 23, 2017

      I want to do the same thing with the brick fireplace in my living room, except I want to cover it with light colored marble or granite. It's the focal point in the living room but is very dark and drags the room down.

  • Emmawilliams1
    on Jan 16, 2017

    Curious...You did the work..what approximately did the materials etc. cost? The whole project around $1000.00 excluding your labor and carpet? Very nice job!!

    • Frank
      on Jan 16, 2017

      Hey Emma, I just updated the project and tried my best to remember the materials and prices. Give or take a few buck it's pretty close. Thanks

  • Debra Trenchard Thompson
    on Jan 17, 2017

    Great job. Love it. We have some barn board that would be great for this project.

  • Jeane
    on Jan 25, 2017

    The wood just pine? stained different colors?

    • Frank
      on Jan 25, 2017

      Yes. Except for 2 pieces. All Pine.

    • Glenda Kittles
      on Feb 4, 2017

      what two pieces aren't pine??

    • Frank
      on Feb 7, 2017

      under the light switch...its brown/black/brown don't know the wood on those two.. maybe Oak. it was recycled wood from a bed frame!

  • Glenda Kittles
    on Feb 3, 2017

    what thickness is the wood??

  • Jan15822444
    on Feb 6, 2017

    Do you know the exact colors you used on the wood slats?? They're really gorgeous !! Thank you . Jan Patterson

  • Joyce Kesten
    on Feb 12, 2017

    I have an overhang of slate over brick on bottom, what did u use to box it in on the bottom to make it look like a solid wall?

    • Frank
      on Feb 13, 2017

      I nailed in the exact same wood on the bottom that's on the top . They are all stained black. I tried to use glue but nothing would hold. So I nailed them in. Thanks

  • Joann Crefasi
    on Mar 1, 2017

    I've never heard of blonde boards. I Googled it and found nothing relating to wood. What is another name for blonde boards?

    • Frank
      on Mar 1, 2017

      I never heard of it either. When hometalk posted this they used the title blonde boards. They are 8 ft pieces of pine from Lowes. Lol.

    • Kristine Kelley Bailey
      on Mar 25, 2017

      Firring strips is what they are usually called.

  • Jan
    on Mar 19, 2017

    I think you have NAILED IT love love love. negative remarks are totally amazing in my view. Very very cleaver and thanks for sharing!

  • Sua343969
    on Mar 19, 2017

    Awesome job! Thanks for the idea (-: !

  • Carol
    on Mar 30, 2017

    Are you not afraid to have a fire so close to the wood? You never know when a loose ember will escape. Or do you not use the fireplace?
    • Debra Green
      on Apr 4, 2017

      Its not like an ember would attach to the wall. Gravity would cause it to fall onto the slate.
    • Frank
      on Apr 5, 2017

      Not worried one bit. Probably burned 25 fires this season so far. I have a deep set fireplace. Not even worried about the TV as some of the fireplace/TV police have commented. All is good with the setup. Thanks.
  • Map14265445
    on Apr 5, 2017

    Not a question, but a huge kudos to your design and hard work. It looks FANTASTIC! You are welcome to my house anytime to do mine! (LOL) And btw....do I dare say.....I'm a Broncos 🐴 Fan! Lol. Thanks for a great video!
    Michelle Poss
    Nebraska
  • Paula Marie
    on May 8, 2017

    Great just great. Thanks for the step-by-step. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.☺
  • Linda Mobley
    on May 8, 2017

    As far as the air return goes why didn't you make a loovered slat face for it???just wondering looks great😊
    • Frank
      on May 8, 2017

      just spray painted the metal screen cover to match the fireplace insert. Thanks 😊
  • Jodi Romang
    on May 9, 2017

    May I ask what 6 color stains you used looks awesome!
  • Joanie
    on May 28, 2017

    Is this your basement area finished off? It sure is a great lookin' room and you will enjoy it for a lifetime. We practically lived in ours., we had a BEAUTIFUL finished basement with the works. My husband did it all......except lay the carpet. He built a bar with the works on one end....he put mirrors and floating shelves behind it, added a swingin' door, bought bar stools, at a closing bar. We laid tile around the entire bar. Added an arm rest, we had around the whole bar, my girlfriend upholstered furniture. Clean on the other end we put up the fake Stone, randomly across the entire wall. We HAD it all, with 4 sons and were transferred clean to the Deep South. We were in a nice little town in OH., off in the country. What a bummer. Your area brings back those beautiful memories. I really got off.......I apologize. BTW, I LOVE what you have done......it's gorgeous, and I mean that!!
  • Barbara
    on May 28, 2017

    If I were to do this on a regular wall that had no bricks, do I still need the verticalpieces of wood?
    • Dawn
      on May 28, 2017

      as long as you no where the studs are behind your wall you'll be fine without them.
    • Aurora Henry
      on May 28, 2017

      No Barbara, we just did a wall and we used Lock Tight construction ashesive and a few finishing
      nails.
    • Aurora Henry
      on May 28, 2017

      No Barbara, we just did a wall and we used Lock Tight construction ashesive and a few finishing
      nails.
    • Frank
      on May 29, 2017

      Nope. Like dawn said. studs will work!
  • Jan
    on May 28, 2017

    Wonderful job! We would like to try something like this too. Would you mind telling me what color stains you used? Thank you!
    • Frank
      on May 29, 2017

      A couple people have asked. I have the cans of stain buried in my garage. When I get a chance I will post the colors. All minwax colors
    • Jan
      on May 29, 2017

      Thank you! Would appreciate that. Loved the colors!
    • Lyn1779865
      on Aug 12, 2017

      Any luck with finding the colours?

  • Bcm21584045
    on May 28, 2017

    I did a surround on my brick fireplace last fall. There are strict codes in Ohio about fireplaces and wood. Please make sure your projects are up to code. This fireplace may not pass an inspection. Did you have an inspection?
    • Frank
      on May 29, 2017

      lets see your fireplace.
    • Teresa
      on Jun 6, 2017

    • Julie Godinez-Resch
      on Aug 11, 2017

      the brick acts as a heat barrier and heat barrier is important but you have that solved. if you think of it, wood fireplaces DO have some who use WOOD mantles so I wouldn't stress.
    • Roy
      on Nov 6, 2018

      There are code requirements fo how far from a firebox you can put flammable materials such as wood. In our are of NJ I believe it says 20 inches in any direction, but there are no code police to come to your house and give you any trouble. I think your project looks really nice. Uh, that Tv is huge. Wow. Good goong!

  • Helen Stanley
    on Jun 23, 2017

    I think the TV would be safer if you had a shelf over the fireplace. That would off set any heat going directly up to the TV. Just saying

    • Mar15387338
      on Nov 2, 2017

      you could try it if you are copying this make over or if you live in a colder climate so need more fires per season.
  • Diane Iovanna
    on Nov 18, 2017

    were you certain those patches were total?
    • Frank
      on Nov 18, 2017

      I’m sorry Diane. I don’t understand your question. Patches?

  • Rose
    on May 22, 2018

    Your work is beautiful and I want to do two walls how thick is the strips you put up to nail the wood up.

    Thanks for all your hard work I love it


    Rosemarie

  • SusanB
    on May 23, 2018

    This looks amazing! How did you finish the ends of the install?

  • Tammy L Banks Riebell
    on Jun 7, 2018

    What kind of wood did u use

  • Tammy L Banks Riebell
    on Jun 7, 2018

     what kind of wood did u use?

  • Ann-Marie Johansen Fraser
    on Aug 5, 2018

    What is the spacing on the wood strips? When you alternated lengths did you center them on a strip so both were secured?

    • Frank
      on Sep 19, 2018

      Yes Some of the were centered. I cant remember the exact spacing. sorry

  • Christine Cajigas
    on Nov 6, 2018

    Beautiful work! 😊. But I've a question. If heat rises and cold falls. Would the television then become damaged? I'm just curious.

    • JQ
      on Nov 6, 2018

      He addresses that in his post above.

    • Frank
      on Nov 6, 2018

      tv is going strong. No issues. Going on 2nd maybe 3rd season. I burn fires from now to April.

  • Carol Cortes
    on Nov 6, 2018

    I have a living room set; couch, love seat and chair. I reupholstered about 10 years ago with great fabric that hasn’t worn but has faded. The color is a dark brown. I really don’t want to purchase anything new. Any ideas? Maybe with a fabric stain? Are there any good tricks or products?

    • P
      on Nov 6, 2018

      Look into chalk painting upholstery fabric, yes it sounds awful, but from what I’ve seen the results can be pretty wonderful. I’ve seen some great examples right here on Hometalk.

    • Diane Jackson Johnson
      on Nov 6, 2018

      Amazon has a upholster paint that’s called simply spray fabric paint. I used it on two chairs that are over 50 years old and came out great. Here’s a picture. The one on left is painted and the one on right is not.

    • TW
      on Nov 6, 2018

      Carol, to get the best response to your question, you can go to the top of this page where it says, "Ask a question". It will then go out to all HomeTalk viewers to respond.

  • C garnica
    on Nov 6, 2018

    Absolutely outstanding! I love it. Thank you for sharing

  • Melissa Raymond
    on Nov 6, 2018

    Beautiful. Just curious if the wood by the fireplace is up to code?

    • Frank
      on Nov 6, 2018

      The distance need around the surround (slate) needs to be 6 inches. I did 7. As far as the rest of the wall were the wood is. No clue.

  • Becky
    on Nov 7, 2018

    I think you did a fantastic job! My only question is were you able to fix those big cracks in the wall? Looked like some serious settling or foundation issue? I am by no means any kind of pro on that... just have seen pics on line of beautiful old Victorian homes and see that kind of cracking and it looks like it could be problematic. It looks like you did many many labor hours, and it DOES look great!

    • Frank
      on Nov 7, 2018

      no I didn’t do anything with the crack. Just covered it up. The brick is mostly a facade. I don’t think it has anything to do with the foundation. House was built in the 60’s. No idea when or how it cracked.

  • Joanie
    on Nov 7, 2018

    Is this new project in your basement? It sure looks great and you did a super job.....on everything. I noticed the support poles????, which we boxed in, in our basement, we turned 1 end into a entire bar, stone wall on one end and complete Rec room for a family of 6. I miss it and we had to move for job change, and this sure brought back great memories. Enjoy it to the utmost!! Steeler fans here!!! Go get

    em Iron boys!!

    • Frank
      on Nov 7, 2018

      Thanks. The room is actually the bottom level of my split level home. No basement.

  • Connie
    on Nov 16, 2018

    When looking for pallets, how do you know if they had hazard chemicals stored on them?

    • Frank
      on Jan 19, 2019

      Good question. I don’t know. I used pine from Lowes.

    • Lisa Jones
      on Mar 3, 2019

      Pallet wood look for HT (heat treated non chemical) burned on it.

  • Dolores
    on Dec 13, 2018

    This looks fantastic. Great job! How long did it take you?

    • Frank
      on Dec 13, 2018

      I work full-time so I did it over the course of about three weekends I guess in total took me about eight days from start to finish not including the rug in stall

  • Virginia S.
    on Jan 26, 2019

    Thank you for posting this project. It is exactly what I am interested in doing in my sunroom on the fireplace wall. I see you bought 8 foot lengths of pine. Do you think pallets would work as well? Yours looks really beautiful!

    • Frank
      on Jan 26, 2019

      Absolutely. I just was too lazty to pull pallets apart. But that would look nice!

  • Susan
    on Mar 15, 2019

    Beautiful, I love it! Looking at your brick fireplace with beams looks exactly like two rooms we have. Since those slats are do thin, do you feel like you can hang artwork?

    • Frank
      on Mar 16, 2019

      yes. the slats are 1/2 inch. def can hang artwork. thanks

  • Jan
    on Jul 9, 2019

    Great job! Looks absolutely gorgeous! Can you tell me what color stains you used?

    • Frank
      on Jul 9, 2019

      thank you. I did list them somewhere in this post.

    • Hedda
      on Sep 1, 2019

      the post says he got different stains but no actual names of stains. Looks great and the size of the house is, too!

  • John Grimley
    on Sep 1, 2019

    I'm wondering, did you actually do anything about the obvious problems with the fire opening and the chimney?

    The colouration as well as blackening of the bricks suggests a problem with the interior state of the chimney.

    • Frank
      on Sep 1, 2019

      Nope. Fireplace was serviced before we moved in.

  • JustDave
    on Sep 1, 2019

    IRT comments about the wood catching fire. The National Fire Code requires all combustible material to be at least 6 inches from the opening of the firebox.


    Also, the electrical code requires wires to be secured / supported within 12" of the box and then within every 4.5'.


    Does your installation meet code?

    • Daniel
      on Sep 1, 2019

      Just Dave, if you look at the brick that surrounds the firebox, it is a solid 8 inches without wood. Standard brick being 2 inches thick. He the allowed a additional 2inches before the wood.wall would be applied.

    • Louise
      on Sep 1, 2019

      Why? Are you code enforcement?

    • Frank
      on Sep 2, 2019

      I did 7 inches around hearth. Wires are good.

  • Lisa Fauerbach
    on Sep 1, 2019

    This is terrific!!! Nicely done 😊

  • Victoria Ann Bangs
    on Sep 1, 2019

    That is spectacular !!! The most beautiful fire place i have ever seen.

  • Sherrie Brown
    on Sep 1, 2019

    Can you please post how to use a mantle to hold a bathroom mirror above the vanity . I love this idea.

  • Heather Di Piero Irwin
    on Sep 1, 2019

    Looks beautiful! Might be my hubs weekend project since it is the last weekend free before NFL starts 😂 Go Birds 🦅

  • Tammy
    on Sep 1, 2019

    Absolutely beautiful! Job well done! Thank you for sharing!

  • Winkler
    on Sep 1, 2019

    very creative and great job! P.S. I love your humor!👍🏼

  • June Samaras
    on Sep 2, 2019

    Just curious if this meets the building code standards - all that wood - no fire retardant!

    • Frank
      on Sep 2, 2019

      Sorry June. There are a ton of code police on this post. I’m sure someone can tell you.

    • Aj
      on Sep 8, 2019

      Love this!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • Marlene
      on Sep 8, 2019

      Beautiful

  • Sharon
    on Sep 8, 2019

    I see it all the time, but I would be wary of putting a TV above a working fireplace. Heat rises, so doesn't it get too hot for electronics directly above?

  • Mari Friesen
    on Sep 8, 2019

    Looks awesome. You had an update on 4-27-17, we’re in 2019, how has it held up (if it’s still there, you may have redecorated)? If only my hubby was handy.

    • Frank
      on Sep 9, 2019

      Looks fantastic. Still there. Tv is same. Everything is perfect. Thanks

  • Ann
    on Sep 8, 2019

    Beautiful!

  • Kathy
    on Sep 8, 2019

    This is absolutely beautiful.

  • Susan Beltran Montijo
    on Sep 8, 2019

    How to place pictures for altar

    • Rebecca Morales
      on Sep 8, 2019

      At your local hardware store there are mason mounts for things like this if you choose to put things up through the bricks. If not, depending on how heavy the pictures, it is wood so you can use anything to anchor. I’d just try and plan ahead since it isn’t drywall. How about 3M adhesive hooks?

    • Frank
      on Sep 9, 2019

      screws. The wood is thick enough. It will hold pictures no problem.

  • Jennifer Hendrickson
    on Sep 8, 2019

    What a great idea! You have good instincts and vision. LOVE IT!

  • Lisa Michelle
    on Sep 8, 2019

    Absolutely gorgeous. Like this for a wall in my basement.. please share name of stained you used? I did not read other comments. thanks

    • Frank
      on Sep 9, 2019

      Hey Lisa. It’s somewhere on this post. God knows where? And I didn’t commit the colors to memory. I did this project 2 years ago. This site keeps recycling it.

      Sorry and thanks.

  • Camille
    on Sep 9, 2019

    I love this, thinking of putting over my painted fireplace wall (whit-ugh). My question is, how far apart did you put the firring strips?

  • CJ
    on Sep 23, 2019

    Real good job. Makes me tempted to try something similar. Very clear explanation. Good job!

  • Tarnisha
    on Nov 2, 2019

    This is the most modern & gorgeous fireplace I’ve seen!! I would sit in this room forever.

  • Lorie Hunsell
    on Jan 15, 2020

    Love it. I would like to try this. My question is if heat rises from your fire place does it affect your tv?

    Also is that a Pittsburgh game your watching?

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  • Mickie
    on Nov 15, 2019

    My Chiropractor has an accent wall just like this!! Same colors even in his waiting lobby. I relax in my wheelchair in the calm atmosphere of that lobby and always make sure I sit facing it. It really does help calm my ADD, OCD, Bi-Polar mind. The colors do not agitate my mild autism and the Big 3! Lol! I think this should be recomended to some Dr's offices to help calm and sooth the over active brains. All the pristine bright white and pastels do not reassure or soothe the jangled senses. Neither do intense primary colors. They excite senses that are already frayed, but the colors and apparent randomness of your accent wall helps everything to slow down some. Heart rate, breathing, and body fidgets get calmer and I am able to focus on the wall without being hyper-focused on it. It does not thrust itself into my vision or require that I find and follow an obvious pattern which causes me to become hyper and agitated unless I can follow the pattern quickly. Instead my brain is able to relax because there IS NO SET PATTERN. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Now I finally have found how to make me a space that I can relax in even with the lights on Lol!!💞🌷☺😊

    • Frank
      on Dec 26, 2019

      Awesome Mickey. I just read this tonight. Fantastic I’m glad it has meaning for you and brings you peace. Thanks

  • Caleb
    on Nov 29, 2019

    Great idea! i need it

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