With the holidays coming up Jamie really wanted a mantel to doctorate and since our current fireplace didn’t have one we decided to build one. We built this faux fireplace surround out of one sheet of plywood, and it only cost us about $75 to build. Now we have an awesome faux fireplace to decorate for the holidays and add some charm to our dining room.
To see this faux fireplace mantel transform into a witches mantel for Halloween be sure to check it out on the Home Depot style challenge.
- Qty 1 – 1/2″ x 24″ x 48″ Birch Plywood
- Qty 2 – 3/4″ x 1-1/4″ x 8′ Shoe Moulding
- 4′ – 5/8″ x 5-1/4″ Baseboard Trim
- 8′ – 5/8″ x 4-5/8″ Crown Moulding
- 4′ – 11/16″ x 1-5/8″ Shingle Moulding
- 1″ Brad Nails
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails
- Wood Glue
- Finishing Supplies
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How to Build a Faux Fireplace Mantel Surround
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For the finish on this fireplace we went with one of Jamie’s favorites, Rust-Oleum’s Chalked Paint in charcoal. It took us two coats to get a nice even color but probably would have been good with a single coat if we had primed it first. It’s a smart idea to prime bare wood before painting but we didn’t have any on hand and were eager to see it with the Chalked paint on it. We hope you like the color as much as we do. To see a few of our furniture pieces in the charcoal color check out the Farmhouse Buffet, Industrial Bookcase, and Vision Board.
As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!