DIY Faux Fireplace

12 Materials
$40
2 Days
Easy

Hello again! I’m always searching for ways to add cozy vibes to our small home! Our home is 1,308 sq ft and has a good amount of character on its own, like the ceilings and closets - they have this neat plaster swirl detail that is so good, but our bedroom just felt like it needed a little something extra. I pondered the idea of an accent wall for a minute but couldn’t decide on the perfect wall. So for now, I decided to add a faux fireplace under our TV!

I didn’t have a plan in mind when I started this project, so I just picked up a few 1x8s and 1x10s on my way home from work one night and decided to wing it. To start, I used my stud finder to find the two studs under my TV. The blue tape marks here are the edges of each stud.

Then I cut two of my 1x8s to 4ft and nailed them into the studs.

For the mantel, I used a 1x10. I held it on top of my 4ft 1x8s and marked where each stud was with a pencil. Then I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes on each pencil mark and used 2.5” screws to attach the board to the wall. I also used my jigsaw to cut around my cord cover, but later realized it would have been a lot easier to just cut the cord cover to end above the mantel. 😂

I decided I wanted the mantel to be thicker, so I trimmed it out with 1x4s.

Then I felt like it looked plain and boring, so I sketched out some corbels on some scrap 1x boards and cut them out with my jigsaw.

After glueing the corbels under the trimmed out mantel, I learned I hated it and took it all down. 🤣 This is how DIYs in real life go - it’s perfectly normal for a plan not to come together and to start all over. I licked my wounds and waited a couple days, then I tried a few different things until I liked what I saw! Here’s what I ended up with!

I also glued two 1x10s together for the mantel, because I didn’t have a 2x10 handy.

I could have stopped there, but I was going for cozy and couldn’t have real flames, so I needed real wood at least! I picked up a large foam board and cut it to fit inside my new faux fireplace. I also cut out a little hole for my TV cord since this will be covering the outlet.

Next, I used my miter saw to slice up a few pieces of firewood into thin discs, probably 1/4” to 1/2” thickness. You can also purchase wood discs from the craft store!

I used my fav construction adhesive to glue each disc to the foam board.

Almost there! My TV cord is pretty camouflaged.

I think it’s looking pretty cozy! A fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Alabaster makes anything swoon worthy! 😍

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  • Deidra MzCocoa Boyle
    on Jul 30, 2019

    That was very creative. Were you excited about the outcome?


  • Amy Patterson Buchert
    on Sep 11, 2019

    Great job! Thank you for including the “real world” diy pics so the rest of us don’t feel like morons when it takes us 14 times to get it right!

    Are you concerned about your TV if you have problems? I’d get rid of it over your fireplace! 😜

    • Brooke | craftingupcuteness
      on Sep 11, 2019

      Haha, yes! Real life projects always have a little stumble at some point! If we need to replace the tv or take it down, the mantel comes down with 2 screws and the board underneath is just nailed to the wall and will pop right off with the end claw side of the hammer! The foam board with the wood discs also just pulls right out, it’s not secured to the wall. A few minutes of work is totally worth it to us! 😆

  • TM
    on Jul 21, 2020

    That’s super creative and turned out really nice. Kudos to the one who came up with that design!

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  • Carolina
    on Jul 22, 2020

    Very cool and creative. Looks great.

  • Mary Russell
    on Jul 22, 2020

    Very creative and an all-around great job.The only suggestion from me would have been for some kind of hearth,even if it was low and small.To me it looks as if the "fire"would be able to come right onto the floor ,damaging the effect of realism.But it is a nice way if someone wants to appear to have a fireplace,to fix themselves a very nice visual showpiece.

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