After debuting my faux fireplace, I knew I wanted to do a tutorial post. I think every home should have a fireplace, real or not, so that a mantle can be decorated for every holiday or season. That was my sole purpose for this piece and it is perfect. So, want one of your own? This is how we did it…
Sorry, I forgot to take pictures here. We used a 1×8 cut at 56 5/8" for the base of the mantle. The top of the mantle is a 1×12 cut at 64". Those are wood glued & nailed together with crown molding cut to those lengths in between.
Cut baseboards, prep for legs.
Next, Mike cut the current baseboards and prepped the walls for the legs. He decided he’d attach the legs to the wall to make it most secure. That’s what those small pieces of wood are for. He eventually nailed the side boards into those blocks of wood that were screwed to the wall.
Cut leg boards and assemble.
The outside leg boards are 1×8’s cut at 53 3/4” and the front and inside leg boards are cut at 44 1/2”. Once the pieces were cut he nailed them all together and brought them inside to nail them into place into the blocks of wood on the wall.
Add “secret shelf”.
The reason why made the legs of the fireplace the way he did above was for my “secret shelf”. I HATE having all of the electrical wires and devices showing and wanted a way for us to hid them with this fireplace. The shelf is a 1×8 cut at 66”. Is this shelf not amazing?!
Hang TV & run electrical.
Mike used two electrical outlet boxes. One behind the t.v. that you can’t see in this step and one in the shelf area. The t.v. cords run down the inside of the wall and come out in the shelf where our Roku box sits & our internet modem & wireless router are as well. Mike ran a power strip through the right leg of the fireplace up onto the shelf to supply power.
Add “secret shelf” door front & molding.
The door front is a 1×10 cut at 57 1/2”. He used some sort of cabinet hinge (similar to this, not sure if this is the exact one though) in order for the door front to open from the top down. By using a cabinet hinge, the door front stays shut without any kind of latch. It is really amazing! There is some decorative molding Mike added to the legs at this point and I want to add a little more to the front as well still to give it a little more detail.
If you are looking for a price on this. Overall I’d say we spent about $150.
I know this isn’t the best tutorial, but hopefully it gave you a little insight into building a faux fireplace, enough to make you maybe want to add one somewhere in your house as well! I love that I finally have a mantle to decorate, Mike loves the t.v. being a little higher, and the fact that all the cords & boxes are out of sight? Icing on the cake! I still want to do something to the wall on the inside of the fireplace, where a real fire would be if this wasn’t a faux fireplace. I had first thought some sort of brick but after some advice, I think I’ve decided on old fence wood paneling like we did in the kitchen alcove.