DIY Pallet Wood Fireplace

We were given a really awesome opportunity by Nautica at Home Interior Paint to makeover our living room color and style, so we decided to take advantage of that and add The DIY fireplace we've always wanted. I can not express how much I love this fireplace. It turned out better than I could ever have imagined.
Lets get started Here's the room and wall before.Not terrible it's just not what I wanted. So we got to work planning.
We quite literally started with just a drawing and went from there. Here's my Original drawing.After I got down on paper what I wanted The Beard and His best friend Craig took it from there.
They started with building the Base. Which is also the hearth. It's 60"Wx27"Dx15"H
We measured the wall from both ends of the room to make sure it was centered then attached the Hearth using Heavy duty Drywall anchors.
After the Hearth box was secured to the wall with 4 anchors They measured from the hearth to the ceiling in order to determine the heights of the 2x4's that would make up the main section of the fireplace.
After they got the measurements and everything was cut to size they assembled it. Sorry about the Craptastic Lighting on these we're in Indiana and it gets dark at 3PM LOL
The frame included a box for the heater/fireplace and a box for our components.Once they assembled it in the driveway they then attached it to the hearth with the 3 in wood screws and to the wall with the drywall anchors.Once the main frame was up they framed in the component box and added studs to the middle so we could hang the TV.
Next it was time to wrap it with plywood. They just held the pieces up scored them with a pencil and ripped them down with a circular saw. They covered the sides, the front, and the hearth; Attaching the plywood with wood screws where there were studs. At this stage we also drilled the holes for the Fireplace insert and Mounted the TV where we wanted it.
Now that the plywood is done and I painted the firebox black.Time to put the L brackets on for the mantle, then attach the pallet wood.We mounted and leveled them first so they'd be covered by the pallet wood. The mantle is a gorgeous piece of maple A dear friend, Ms. Marsha, gave me. We had to pre-drill the holes(maple is a very hard wood) then used 2 inch screws to attach it. Next we were on to the pallet wood. *****We also Built our custom shelves at this stage. I'm separating it into 2 posts you'll have to come back and see how we banged those bad boys out*******.
If you're worried about the plywood showing through the cracks of your pallet wood you can paint the plywood black or brown. I wasn't really worried about it. There was no rhyme or reason to the way we attached the pallet wood. We just made sure none of the seams matched up kind of like a brick pattern. They started with the hearth and used the same method of holding it on there, scoring what line to cut, then attaching each piece with the Ryobi Air Strike.It was all kind of like a jigsaw puzzle trying to figure out what colors,sizes,and grains went where. We took the Pallet wood all the way tot the ceiling to make it look like it was a real chimney that goes through the roof.
Gorgeous right? I really honestly still can't believe this is in my house. I'm amazed by it everytime I walk out of my bedroom LOL. It's just exactly what I wanted.
Here it is all decked out for Christmas. SWOOON! Be sure to check back and see how we Made our custom shelves. For more detailed instructions and an exact list of materials we used follow the link below to the original post.
Stacey @addisonmeadowslane
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  • Terry Wheeler Scarlett Terry Wheeler Scarlett on Dec 18, 2015
    What about ventilation on the fireplace? Or does it not need any?

  • Mary Proctor Mary Proctor on Dec 22, 2015
    Where did you get the Wall flower?

  • Julie F Julie F on Dec 09, 2021

    Gorgeous! Did you treat the pallets with a fire retardant sealer? It's not code if you didn't and insurance will not cover if not done (just FYI).

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  • Angela johnson Angela johnson on Apr 30, 2016
    Beautiful~Very warm!

  • Joanie Joanie on Nov 12, 2020

    I love the WOOD.....Old is New now. "There you are on Little House on the Prairie". :)) I'm not sure if the Ingles was wooden, but I am sure........I LOVE this one!!