DIY Hearth Pad for Wood Stove

7 Materials
4 Days

The hubby decided he wants a wood stove in our house, and we looked around first for pre-made hearth pads and they just seem... old looking and costs about $300-$600 which was just too much for us to spend... so we set out to make our own 4x4 hearth pad!
Step 1: Find the tile that you want and dry fit on the area, that way you can make measurements on building the frame.
Step 2: Build the frame! T he hubby used 2x4 wood he got for 70% off at Home Depot to build the frame.

Step 3: Nail the HardieBacker cement board to the frame... and eventually the frame itself to the floor so that it doesn't move.
Step 4: Once everything is screwed and in place, its time to mix the mortar and put them on the HardieBacker and set the tiles. We used Mapei Ultraflex LFT mortar and used 1/8 inch spacers in between. The tile was $1.79 per square feet too which was a good price for a modern looking tile!
Step 5: Cut the tile for the sides with a tile cutter and dry fit those to make sure that they fit pretty decently. Use mortar to stick them to the wood frame and don't forget to use spacers in here too!
Step 6: Time to grout! We used our leftover grout from our previous tiling the house project. Surprised after 1 year that it was still usable!
Step 7: Grout between the lines -- I used a concrete trowel to push the grout in, and afterwards clean up with a bucket of water and sponge.
And this is the finished product! A lot more modern looking than the ones that are available for sale online.
Side view of the hearth pad for wood stove.

Breakdown cost:
Clearance wood = $10
Tile - 10 pieces @ $1.79 = 17.90
Hardiebacker =$13
Ultraflex Mortar = $15 for a whole bag, used probably less than 1/2... so $7.50?
Flexcolor Grout = Free from previous projects

If you would like to see how to make the accent wall for the wood stove, check this link :)
And this is the stove on top of the hearth pad :D

Suggested materials:

  • Tile  (Floor and Decor)
  • Hardiebacker  (Floor and Decor)
  • Mapei UltraFlex LFT Mortar  (Floor and Decor)
See all materials

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
31 Clever Ideas To Reuse Muffin Pans And Cupcake Liners
Old License Plates Lying Around? Check Out These 28 Snazzy Decor Ideas
25 Fun Things You'll Want to DIY Before the Spring Arrives
3 Gorgeous Ideas to Use Photo Frames - and Not for Pictures!
3 Creative Eye Catching Rug Projects That No One Else Has!
These Amazing Vase Ideas Will Blow Your Guests Away!
The 25 Most-Viewed Mason Jar Projects on Hometalk
18 Stunning Backsplash Ideas You Do Not Want To Miss!
22 Ideas To Make Your Terracotta Pots Look Oh-So-Pretty
20 Ways To Improve Your Drop Cloth
15 Ways To Upcycle And Create More Storage At The Same Time
15 Perfectly Round Tables
17 Benches You Can Build This Summer
17 DIY-Inspiring Kitchen Backsplashes

Have a question about this project?

3 of 7 questions

Join the conversation

2 of 40 comments
Your comment...