My sister and her husband purchased a new (to them) home this past spring and spent a few weeks remodeling before they moved in. They still have a lot of work to do but are trying to get settled and finish up big projects. I was over at her house helping with cabinets when she asked me about her fireplace. I told her “We should Add Planking Around Your Fireplace” and so we did! And it turned out really very cute!
Cute right? I love love love how it turned out and I love the wooden mantel! The floors in her home are the walnut wood tile so the walnut mantel totally ties it all together!
Do you want to add planking to your fireplace too? Here is what we did!
Here is what the fireplace looked like before…
First you need your planking material. Kait (my sister) had a bunch of 3” wide 1/2” MDF slats from a previous project in her garage so we used those. You can use MDF or you can use utility plywood and you can cut them to the size that you like. I really liked the 3” wide slats. yes, we had to cut a few more planks than if we had used a wider plank, but I liked having more planks on the wall.
To start, I measured across the entire area and had the measurements of 65.5”. Using a level and my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer and 2” pin nails, I nailed the first plank, completely level, right above the fireplace.
Each piece is mitered at a 45 degree angle to lay flat against the adjoining wall. The longer pieces are mitered on both ends and the smaller pieces have a straight edge by the fireplace and a miter on the side against the wall.
From there we worked our way up the wall and down both sides of the fireplace, using 2 quarters to help us with the width in-between each plank.
She has a light switch on her fireplace wall so I needed to cut out around those.
I measured the lights and drew lines on my planks and then used my Ryobi Jigsaw to simply cut out the pieces for the lights. You want your lights to sit on top of the planking.
In order to bring the planking all the way to the floor, we had to cut out a bit of the existing baseboard. I simply used the Ryobi Multi Tool and cut off the baseboard.
After all our planks were nailed on, I cut two side pieces. Where the fireplace wall and the walls in the room met was a little wonky because of the dry wall and so our pieces seemed off. We wanted nice straight edges so I cut two pieces the length of the fireplace wall and mitered one side to the 45 degree angel on my table saw so it would sit flush. The side pieces also worked perfect for tying into the baseboard.
And then we were done building and just needed to putty, caulk and paint! We puttied all the nail holes and sanded the whole wall down.
The only place we caulked were the side pieces next to the wall so there would nice, clean straight lines. Everything else was left alone to give the look of real “planks.”
When everything was dry, we whipped the wall down with a damp rag and then taped off and Kait painted the whole thing white to match the white in her home.
While Kait was painting the planks, I built the mantel using the same pattern I used to make the Rustic Shelf in my sons room. Kait wanted her mantel to be a little deeper so instead of using 1×6’s I used 1×8’s.
I built the whole thing in about 10 minutes and then used Mixwax wood finishing cloths in Walnut to stain the whole thing. I let the mantel dry over night.
We let the paint dry over night. We almost left it like this! It looks so nice and fresh and clean, but she wanted a mantel over the fireplace so we added it!
To hang the mantel, I used a 2×4 and using 3” nails, secured it the wall where the 2×4’s in the wall were. The mantel is 5’ long so I cut the 2×4 to be 4.5’ long.
Then I centered the mantel on the 2×4 and used four (4) 2” screws to screw it into the 2×4 from the top. You can find a tutorial for that here.
And then we were done!!
All we had left to do was decorate!!
I love how this fireplace turned out and it is definitely the center piece/accent wall of the room! If you love it too… we would love your pins and shares!!
Have a great day!!