DIY Shiplap Fireplace Makeover

10 Materials
2 Days

We took our boring, builder-grade fireplace and gave it a total transformation to make it feel a little more special! Here are the details on how we got it done (if you're curious about the mantel, it's a DIY project! Click here to see the full tutorial).

diy shiplap fireplace makeover

Here's a peek at what our fireplace looked like beforehand - the tile was pretty ugly, the mantel was way too high, and there really wasn't anything special about it. We started by removing all of the tile and replacing the drywall behind it.

diy shiplap fireplace makeover

After that, we installed our new mosaic tile. We shifted things a bit so that the tile was lined up a little better (before, it was noticeably wider on one side) and we took the tile a little higher up on the wall than it had been, and planned to move the mantel down to meet the tile.

diy shiplap fireplace makeover

After the tile was installed and grouted, we installed our shiplap. We used lengths big enough to cover the wall without any seams, and took the shiplap from the floor all the way to the ceiling.

diy shiplap fireplace makeover

After installing the shiplap and caulking the nail holes, we painted all of the shiplap black.

diy shiplap fireplace makeover

And finally, we installed our DIY mantel (see the link at the beginning of this post for the details on that) and re-hung the television! Now, the fireplace is a gorgeous focal point and the television above it no longer sticks out like a sore thumb. See the full blog post for more details on the project, including sources and links to related posts.

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  • Mary
    on Nov 24, 2018

    Very well done! What a dramatic look of the black and white colors. May I make a suggestion? The black ship lap is really bold, and when you look from that to the kitchen area, you see no black of anything. I would buy a couple of "anything" as long as they were black and space them out where you can see them and also see the ship lap. It would make the black color blend in more with the 2 rooms. Maybe put a few pictures with black frames (dollar store has them for a buck a piece) on the white wall next to the ship lap wall. Then maybe a black candle holder on the window shelf with a white candle on it. Also... I would take the yellowish/orangish vase and spray paint it a sparkling white, and then find another tall vase that is white for the mantle.

  • Kathy
    on Nov 25, 2018


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