Since moving here to Texas, I feel like I haven’t shared many house projects. Perhaps it’s because we moved when Wesley was 3 weeks old and since moving we’ve also had ANOTHER baby which makes for one tired mama!! ;D Surprisingly, we’ve done several projects since moving here a year and a half ago (some that are finished just not blogged about yet as well as others still in the works). We have even more projects we have slated to do this year and I’m excited to share them with you over the next several months now that I’m getting a little more sleep at night. 😉
Today’s post is a Planked Fireplace Tutorial that we finished several months ago. One of the things I loved most about this house when we bought it was the awesome fireplace and mantel, but I couldn’t stand the ugly tile that was on it. It was the same tile that was in the front entry way and kitchen. Fast forward 6 months after being in the house, and we decided to install some wood-like tile that we fell in love with from Lowe’s. We installed that at the beginning of last year and knew that we needed to work on the fireplace so that it would match the tile better as well as just look better in general.
This is what the Fireplace looked like before:
Not so pretty, I know.
I had to convince the hubby that a planked fireplace would look awesome and fortunately it didn’t take him long to get on board.
We headed to our local Lowe’s and got all the supplies we needed. We were happy that we had some supplies on hand already, and with the wood and paint this project only ended up costing about $50. SWEET!!
I have to say, I LOVE how it turned out!! We ended up installing a planked wall treatment in the kitchen a few months later (will blog about that soon), and I love that the fireplace matches it. It definitely looks a little better than the gold and ugly tile that was there when we first moved in. 😉
Here is what you’ll need to do your own Fireplace Makeover:
- 3/8″ thick finished plywood (one 4’x8′ sheet)
- 1 1/2″ finish nails
- Baseboard moulding (We used Polystyrene because of its light weight and ease of use)
- 1″ trim moulding for sides (Polystyrene)
- 2″ tapered trim moulding to outline the fireplace (Polystyrene)
- latex caulking
- white semigloss paint
- wood putty
- Miter saw (Electric or hand saw)
- roller paint brush
- painting supplies
- Caulking gun
- hammer & nail set (could be replaced by a nail gun)
We prepped the fireplace first by removing the tile around it using a crowbar, flat head screwdriver, and a hammer. We just ripped it all off. Some of the drywall came off with the tile, but this was not an issue. We removed all the extra grout and thin-set (the stuff they use to hold the tile to the wall) so that the wall had no bumps that stuck out.
We also removed the caulking next to the existing moulding that we were going to keep so that it was perfectly flat and the planks would lay flat against the edge of the molding.
Here are a few more close-ups of the fireplace…
I love this clock I found at HomeGoods. 🙂
I made the pennant banner out of scrapbook paper that matched my home decor. Easy peasy!
Also, I’m in LOVE with my topiaries in their cement pot from HomeGoods. They’re the best! My yellow flowers were from there as well.
I cannot tell you how glad I am that we did this Fireplace Makeover. It made such a huge difference and looks TEN TIMES better!
Don’t you agree?
Just look at the BEFORE and AFTER put together!
A huge transformation, wouldn’t you agree?
And for $50 it made a huge difference!!
For a few other inexpensive projects we’ve done to the house, be sure to check these out:
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowes. All opinions are 100% mine.