Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fireplace Update

I finally tacked a project that I had been dreaming about doing since we moved into our house three and a half years ago...

Here's a (blurry) photograph of the fireplace from when we bought the house in 2014. You might remember my posts from when we gave it a little facelift by white washing it:

It looked better but still wasn't the full update that we really wanted. I had this idea to update our stucco fireplace by covering it in a shiplap looking wood but I didn't know where to start. Of course I searched Pinterest for other DIYers who might have done something similar and I found a good description of how to do it so I measured, bought the wood and got started.

(In full disclosure, I attempted to complete this project while my husband was out of town for a week for work. Needless to say, I didn't manage to complete it before he got home. Go figure! Me, home alone with two toddlers and I couldn't complete a project!)

Anyways, I started by cutting the boards to length that I would be using to adhere the shiplap boards to. I pre-drilled holes in the stucco/brick with a masonry drill bit, then used tap con screws that are especially for masonry/brick to attached them vertically.

Next, I started attaching the shiplap to the vertical boards using my nail gun.

I used tile spacers in between to make sure I was spacing each board the same distance apart.

Because our fireplace is two-sided, I had a lot of square footage to cover!

I used primed MDF boards for the trim along the edges. Then I did the same to the upper sections, adding the trim last.

As for the mantel, I used some 1x10 Pine boards for the shelf area and 1x6 Pine boards for the facing. This is a photo looking down at the mantel from above.

Finally, I primed and painted it then stained the mantel using Minwax American Chesnut.

I'm trying to decide how I want to decorate it! There are so many options, and I usually change up what I have on the mantel a couple times a year. 


  1. Super cute! I love it. It always feels great to finally get to those projects that you've been "planning on doing" forever, huh? :)

    Sarah | Uscenes Fireplace Videos

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