How do I make my gas wall heater look more like a fireplace?

by Katye

My gas wall heater is soooo ugly. I would like to do something to make it look more like a fireplace and remain functional as it is the only heat in that space

This is my gas wall heater

  8 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 23, 2019

    I have these at my farmhouse. I would love to see what ideas other people come up with to make it look better.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 23, 2019

    It looks too small to simulate a fireplace. I might try adding tiles or stones around it on the wall. If high enough you could add a mantle.

  • Lisa Hunt Lisa Hunt on Jan 24, 2019

    You can buy fireplace surrounds, but they can get pricey - at least a couple hundred dollars, unless you can get one at a salvage store type place. Not sure about the depth, but you may have to build it out from the wall a bit. Then you could build a fake hearth with wood and/or tiles or paver stones. Then, maybe a decorative punched metal screen? You would have to make a hinged door frame for it to have access.

  • Grace Gleason Grace Gleason on Jan 24, 2019

    How large is the heater? Where is it placed on the wall? Is there anything near it that would cause a problem? These are the things we need to know before we can tell you what you want to know. A photo of the wall would be helpful.

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jan 24, 2019

    REMOVE the grill. Get some 2x4's & frame around it. Place the wood about a foot space from the heater to the wood. Paint the area around the heater black to resemble the inside of a real fireplace. Get some backsplash tiles that look like bricks & form your fireplace by attaching the tiles directly to the wood. The wood will protrude out from the wall & help blend in the distance from the front of the heater to the wall to provide dimension. You might havta use a 4x4 instead of a 2x4 depending on your measurements & how far out you want your fireplace to protrude out in comparison to your heater. You could also put a shelf above it to resemble a mantle. Tip: You might havta lower the heater to resemble a true fireplace because I'm not sure how high off the ground it is & if it will look the way you want it to after you're done. Do a little research on Google Fireplaces/Images & look at other's fireplaces & see how high their logs are from your floor would be my advice BEFORE you invest money in this project. This will be a time-consuming project. Easy, but time-consuming. GOOD LUCK

  • Make or buy a fireplace surround for it.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 02, 2024

    Hi Katye, hope this helps you. Such a great look!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 11, 2024

    Make or buy a Fire Surround. Two uprights and a shelf!