Quick and Easy Fireplace Update

Libbie B
by Libbie B
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We wanted to update this dated fireplace in the property we recently purchased to use as a rental. We wanted something quick and inexpensive that would also set our house apart from other rentals. We have a pallet wall in our own home so we decided to give it another try. This is what we ended up with.
Where we started.
This is what we started with. Certainly not awful but needed something. We also got rid of that dirty carpet. ;)
We bought regular pine boards and did not distress them. I was looking for a slightly "newer look" to the wood. We used stain by Minwax. Starting at the top the board is Expresso, middle board is Dark Walnut and the bottom board is Weathered Oak. I stained them quickly and was not too fussy. I did make sure to stain the sides and ends.
We cut the boards, (we, meaning hubby) so we ended up with 6ft, 4ft and 2ft sections.
Hubby measured and cut the beginning pieces as he went along. The house is nearly 70 years old so the walls were not even. These pieces are 3 and 6 inches wide.
We worked our way up the fireplace. I eyeballed the color as he used the pneumatic nailer to attach the boards to the wall. There is a curve as the wall meets the ceiling. We cut the very top pieces in 1/2 so they would follow the curve of the wall better.
Final Result
Ta Da! This is the final result. We think it added quite a bit to the overall look and feel of the house. It showed beautifully online when we advertised it. Every potential renter mentioned it as they came through the house. Plus as a bonus, ​we rented it quickly! Woot! Woot!
A view from the dining room as the color shows better in this pic.
Suggested materials:
  • Pine Boards
  • Stain
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  • Marsha Marsha on Oct 11, 2016
    Great job. I love your hardwood floors. Who is manufacturer and what color are they?

  • Tracy Dean Skinner Tracy Dean Skinner on Oct 11, 2016
    I have a tile fireplace how could you do this to tile?

  • Kat27042015 Kat27042015 on Jul 29, 2017
    Ideas for an inexpensive hearth please?

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  • Roberta Smith Roberta Smith on Jan 24, 2019

    Very tempted to do this job. Looks amazing. Clean sharp yet warm and cosy like a home should be.. x

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jan 24, 2019

    Thank you, Roberta! It's in a property that we rent and ever time we show it to potential renters they comment that its why they chose the house!