DIY Reclaimed Wood Fireplace

Reclaimed Wood Fireplace
Reclaimed Wood Fireplace

By popular request, here is the DIY tutorial for my reclaimed wood fireplace. I am so excited to show you this project that I think absolutely makes the living room. And besides, don't you love a great before + after?! Let me start by saying this was our first attempt doing something like this. We had the great help of an amazing contractor and friend. I recommend having someone who knows what they are doing to help you out at first, especially for cutting. It is also important for you to check city codes and manufacturer's recommendations of your fireplace. Also please always wear your safety glasses! Okay, let's get started!

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Reclaimed Wood

Table Saw

Mitre Saw

Nails (about 3" long depending on the thickness of your wood)

Nail Gun

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Step 1 - Pick out your reclaimed wood. 

Step 1 - Pick out your reclaimed wood. 

Step 2 - Note: if you will be hanging a TV onto your fireplace, you will need to have an electrician move your power and cable outlets up on the wall directly behind where your TV will be before you get started. First, frame out the fireplace around the current mantle with 2 x 4s. You can cut the 2 x 4 pieces with a table + mitre saw or get them cut at Home Depot. You may need to cut into the mantle drywall with a drywall saw to make the frame flush with the current mantle. Secure 2 x 4s with nails using a nail gun.

Step 2 - Note: if you will be hanging a TV onto your fireplace, you will need to have an electrician move your power and cable outlets up on the wall directly behind where your TV will be before you get started. First, frame out the fireplace around the current mantle with 2 x 4s. You can cut the 2 x 4 pieces with a table + mitre saw or get them cut at Home Depot. You may need to cut into the mantle drywall with a drywall saw to make the frame flush with the current mantle. Secure 2 x 4s with nails using a nail gun.

Step 3 - As you can see we cut out the left side of the mantle arch to make room to place our cable box behind the mantle and to create a door on the left side for access. Note: you will need to attach an IR Remote Repeater to the front of your TV if you hide the cable box inside the fireplace frame.

Step 3 - As you can see we cut out the left side of the mantle arch to make room to place our cable box behind the mantle and to create a door on the left side for access. Note: you will need to attach an IR Remote Repeater to the front of your TV if you hide the cable box inside the fireplace frame.

Step 4 - If you will be hanging a TV onto your fireplace, make sure to have supports that are close enough for your TV wall mount. A great way to measure is to cut out a piece of paper that is the size of your TV and tape it onto your frame where you will want the TV. Close any open drywall that you had to cut out with plywood. Seal edges of the plywood with caulk.

Step 4 - If you will be hanging a TV onto your fireplace, make sure to have supports that are close enough for your TV wall mount. A great way to measure is to cut out a piece of paper that is the size of your TV and tape it onto your frame where you will want the TV. Close any open drywall that you had to cut out with plywood. Seal edges of the plywood with caulk.

Step 5 - Cut pieces of plywood to size. Cover front of fireplace frame with plywood and secure with a nail gun.

Step 5 - Cut pieces of plywood to size. Cover front of fireplace frame with plywood and secure with a nail gun.

Step 6 - Using a table saw, measure + cut the reclaimed wood pieces to fit onto the front of the fireplace. Secure to the frame using a nail gun. Make sure to alternate the seams of the wood. You will want to use pieces of wood that are the same width all they way across each row. Also make sure to alternate the colors of the wood to create a great look.

Step 6 - Using a table saw, measure + cut the reclaimed wood pieces to fit onto the front of the fireplace. Secure to the frame using a nail gun. Make sure to alternate the seams of the wood. You will want to use pieces of wood that are the same width all they way across each row. Also make sure to alternate the colors of the wood to create a great look.

Step 7 - For the edges, angle the ends of the wood so they fit together and come to an edge like this photo. For the sides of the frame, nail pieces of reclaimed wood directly to the 2 x 4s. To make a removable "door" on one side of the frame to access your cable box, simply nail two or three pieces of reclaimed wood together using two crossbars of wood. Secure this to the side of the frame using a latch of your choosing. When you are ready to access the cable box, simply undo the latch and remove the wood piece.

Step 7 - For the edges, angle the ends of the wood so they fit together and come to an edge like this photo. For the sides of the frame, nail pieces of reclaimed wood directly to the 2 x 4s. To make a removable "door" on one side of the frame to access your cable box, simply nail two or three pieces of reclaimed wood together using two crossbars of wood. Secure this to the side of the frame using a latch of your choosing. When you are ready to access the cable box, simply undo the latch and remove the wood piece.

Step 8 - Voila! Here is what the frame looks like almost finished. Don't forget to remove the beers before hanging the TV.

Step 8 - Voila! Here is what the frame looks like almost finished. Don't forget to remove the beers before hanging the TV.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Fireplace

A before + after of the entire living room, my favorite room in the house, is coming soon. So look out for that! In the meantime, what do you think of this? Would you ever give something like this a shot? I'd love to hear in the comments! And please let me know what questions you have in the comments. Oh, and if you like what you see here, please subscribe below to receive exclusive DIYs!

Posted on January 29, 2014 and filed under House.