DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

This is the first time I’ve ever had a fireplace in a home! It was at the top of my list when we were house hunting and I am so pleased we found a beautiful home with one! 

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

Disclaimer: If you decide to build a custom facade for your fireplace, be aware that it could be a possible fire hazard. Refer to the manual for your fireplace for specification of how far combustibles have to be away from the fireplace opening. Because it's easy to detach, simply remove when burning a fire!

Our fireplace was a little outdated and it had no mantle. Although I was perfectly content with that, I debated how we could modernize it just a bit. Joel and I discussed possibly painting the stone white or black, but it seemed so permanent and you always run the risk of losing the personality of your home. The problem was, the stone was just too much, especially after we painted our living room white

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

Then it dawned on me that we could just build a custom mantle. We decided to design a modern and minimal mantle, keeping it as simple as possible. Joel created a facade, but it’s really hollow and obviously not attached.

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

 

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

Because it’s not securely attached, we made a simple solution of placing eye hooks to stabilize the mantle to the wall. This would ensure the mantle wouldn’t fall and possibly hurt one of the kids! We also added a piece of solid Douglas Fur wood to the top of the mantle to soften the overall look and give it more flow. 

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

I love how it turned out! It changes the look of the entire room – it feels more modern, but without losing that original stone. It’s essentially the best of both worlds. It softens the overall look of the living room and creates a more inviting and warm environment. Best part is, I now have a fun little space to decorate for the holidays! 

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

Disclaimer: If you decide to build a custom facade for your fireplace, be aware that it could be a possible fire hazard. Refer to the manual for your fireplace for specification of how far combustibles have to be away from the fireplace opening. Because it’s easy to detach, simply remove when burning a fire! 

What do you think friends?! 

XOXO, Lidy

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  • Stephanie | Make and Tell

    Lidy this is amazing! I love how much it brightens up the space… genius!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks so much Stephanie!! Glad you think so!! I love how much brighter it is now – amazing what a difference it makes :)

      XOXO

  • thediynurse

    I love it! It makes it so much warmer and modern looking. And I love that you or the next owner could just take it off [or change it up] without really making any lasting changes!

    • HelloLidy

      I am so happy you love it! Warmer and modern and exactly what we were going for – yay!! It’s a great option to have and so nice that we can just take it off without sacrificing the look of the original fireplace. Thanks for your sweet words friend!

      XO

  • Laine Cherashore

    where are those 2 white with black diamond pillows from in the first “before/after” pic?

    • HelloLidy

      Hi Laine! They are from Target (Nate Berkus!).

      XOXO

  • !!!!! This is so incredible! It fits so well in the space that I didn’t even realize it wasn’t original in all your Christmas photos! Awesome job, you two!

    • HelloLidy

      Thanks so much friend – that means a lot! I was worried it would look almost too stand out-ish 😉

      XOXO

  • Eve Trombley

    Hi! I just found this on Pinterest. My husband and I have an electric wall mount fireplace that we want to build a mantel for. Did you use pine for the supports and plywood for the surface? Also, how deep are the supports? Thanks!

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