After working on our DIY fireplace, I realized I should write a blog post with an update on how it’s going. I’ll write a full reveal post that will include all the DIY steps, coming soon. Read about my fireplace inspiration here.
I’m the worst at documenting my DIY projects over on Instagram. I don’t have a solid, dedicated time to work on projects and try to sneak in ten minutes here or there. It makes it hard to document the entire process with four kids, if you know what I mean.
I selected the SimpliFire 30” Electric Fireplace Insert. I chose this particular fireplace because I wanted a square electric fireplace with a heat option that looked realistic. Some electric fireplaces look cheesy and very unrealistic. This fireplace checked all my boxes, and after plugging it in and using it a few times, I am more than happy with this unit. Use code FRENGPARTY10 for 10% off your purchase of any SimpliFire by Heat & Glo fireplaces through April 30th, 2022.
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First things first, here’s a photo of our living room before we started on the fireplace. We knew we’d eventually add a fireplace between the two windows, and we decided to tackle the DIY sooner than later. Ignore the disarray of furniture, we were preparing to install the fireplace framing.
I’m excited to wrap up this project and have a functioning living room. I love DIY projects, but I don’t love my home being in chaos, especially with little kids. However, this project will be a thousand percent worth it. Adding a full-height bump-out added extra drama and accentuated our 10′ ceilings.
Nate and I started by framing the fireplace with 2×4’s (who am I kidding, this was all Nate, I just provided the inspiration).
We added a shelf behind the TV since we have a Samsung Frame TV that requires a large box for power and accessories such as a Roku.
Next, we installed drywall, taped and mudded the seams.
I wanted a plaster finish and created the finish by spreading joint compound on the entire fireplace bump-out. Once dried, I sanded down the joint compound and painted it the same color as the wall, Sherwin Williams Pure White.
Here’s where we are at today! Doesn’t it look like this fireplace has always been here? This is only a progress shot, next up, we’re going to build a mantel/fireplace surround and add crown molding where the fireplace meets the ceiling.
More details and a full tutorial post are coming soon! What color do you think I should paint the mantel surround? A light gray concrete color or more of a creamy/beige color? I probably should decide on a design first, right?