Planked Fireplace Tutorial

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

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:

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Planked Fireplace 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:

 SUPPLIES:

  • 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
Tools:
  • Miter saw (Electric or hand saw)
  • roller paint brush
  • painting supplies
  • Caulking gun
  • hammer & nail set (could be replaced by a nail gun)
  • Level
 DIRECTIONS:

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

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.

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

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.

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

We ripped the 3/8″ plywood length-wise to 5 1/4″ wide (Lowes was nice enough to do this for us.) One 8 foot x 4 foot sheet gave us enough strips to cover the entire fireplace. You may need to adjust the width to make sure that all the boards perfectly fill in the area.
We found the studs behind the drywall and marked them the entire way up the wall. This will act as a guide to know where to nail in the planks.
Starting from the bottom, we cut the slats to the length that we needed to go on either side of the fireplace. The first row needed to be ripped thinner than 5 1/4″, so that it could be the same width as the moulding that we selected.

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

It was very important that this first row was level, not only by itself, but it had to be in-line on either side of the fireplace, so that the boards were at the same height and level when they come together at the top of the fireplace. We used one of the long boards as a guide across the bottom to make sure they were in-line. To make sure that everything was lined up, we also only nailed in the boards half way until we were sure that everything lined up above the fireplace.
 Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!
We attached the first layer by nailing it against the wall through the studs using the finish nails.
Once the bottom layer was in place, we used nails to get a consistent gap between each plank. Coins are also very good for this: dimes for thinner gaps, nickels for larger ones.
Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!
We nailed the next layer in using a level to make sure it was still level. The edges of each board did not need to butt up perfectly with the side walls, since there would be trim on either side to cover it. This also allows for some expansion of the boards as well.
We continued to add one layer on top of the other until we had filled the whole space.
Using a nail set, we recessed in the finish nails, and filled all the holes with wood putty. Once the putty was dried, we sanded smooth.

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

We cut the baseboard to the lengths that was need. In order to know the profile that we needed to cut for it to butt up against the side moulding and side wall, we used a compass to scribe the shape of the moulding and wall as pictured.
Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!
We cut and installed the baseboards using nails. Also, we cut the side trims and the trim around the fireplace. (We used the simple 2″ tapered trim for the fireplace.)
Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!
For the transition of the bottom of the trims where they met the baseboard, we did a simple 45 degree undercut. and overlapped it slightly over top.
Once we had installed all planks, trim, baseboards, and sanded the wood putty, we sealed all the transitions from the trim and moulding with latex caulk. This gives it a really finished and professional look. 
Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!
Paint the boards and trim.
NOTE: You may need to follow the roller with a tooth pick in the gaps to remove excess paint.  😉
 THE FINAL PRODUCT:

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Here are a few more close-ups of the fireplace…

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

I love this clock I found at HomeGoods. 🙂

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

I love the Family Proclamation Printable I found on my blog buddies site, Lolly Jane.

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

And I love this FREE Chalkboard Print from Dresden Carrie.

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

 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.

My other topiary behind the blue frame is from my friends at The Little Yellow Barn. Go HERE for the tutorial.

 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!

Beautiful Planked Fireplace Tutorial { lilluna.com } Great ways to spruce up your fireplace and make it beautiful!!

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:

For more creative inspiration, visit Lowes Creative Ideas and Lowes.com.

ENJOY!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowes. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. It looks darling – I’m wondering about wood as a fireplace surround. Is that a problem? When you sell the house will you have to re-do it to make sure it’s to code? (fireman’s kid…)

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