10 DIY Fireplaces | DIY Formula

10 DIY Fireplaces

A charming fireplace can add a cozy and elegant feel to any room. If your house or apartment could benefit from a new fireplace but your budget doesn’t allow for pricey contractors or permanent structural alterations, check out these DIY fireplace tutorials. You’ll get ideas for building a fireplace that fits your needs for both style and cost.

1. DIY Fireplace Build

In a house where there is no existing fireplace, the sky’s the limit. This project walks you through a full-scale quality DIY fireplace building project that will add value and comfort for years to come. The materials and technique for this project are for experienced carpenters who feel confident using the advanced tools and have the basics of woodworking and tile work under their belts.

Level of difficulty: Extremely Difficult
Duration: 1-2 weekends
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2. DIY Tile Surround and Hearth Fireplace

A marble mantled fireplace is elegant and strong. It can also be difficult to install, so this project should only be attempted by experienced home renovators who are strong enough to lift and position the heavy stone and build a sturdy support box. If you have the skills to follow the tutorial, however, you’ll see a significant cost saving over hiring a professional to install both the marble mantle and the tile surround. Put those savings toward buying the highest grade of marble you can afford and a back brace to keep you safe during construction.

Level of difficulty: Extremely Difficult
Duration: 1-2 Weekends
Materials You Need:

  • Marble slab (ask the quarry to cut to size)
  • Decorative Tile
  • Thinset
  • Tile spacers
  • Wet saw
  • Miter saw
  • Wood
  • Joining brackets
  • Drill and screws

 

3. DIY Cardboard Fireplace

During the holidays or for a drama production, you might want a no fuss fireplace that is quick and easy. The below tutorial walks you through the steps of making a cheerful, cardboard fireplace that comes together fast to set a festive mood. It could be made in an hour using materials you already have, keeping the cost low and the fun high. This doesn’t look like a real fireplace and it won’t last forever, but it will give you a mantle to decorate and a place to gather around and sometimes that’s enough.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 60 minutes
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4. DIY Faux Wood Fireplace

The look of a craftsman style wooden fireplace brings elegance and class to a dining room or formal living room. The tutorial will show you how to apply your moderate level wood working skills to creating a standalone wooden fireplace box. The hidden storage in the mantle is a fun touch, and the solid fireplace construction makes this an ideal project for a house with kids or pets who might be hard on more flimsy DIY fireplace options.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: A weekend
Materials You Need:

  • Miter saw
  • Orbit Sander
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Wood
  • Wood stain
  • Drill and screws

 

5. DIY Faux Stick on Tiles Fireplace

When you rent a house, installing a permanent fireplace is usually not an option. This project allows you to build a sturdy wooden fireplace shell that can be customized to your style preferences and to fit any size space. This is a good basic carpentry project for renters that will be using the fireplace for a few years and want something study with moderate quality materials. Use LED votives for fire-like light or go crazy with a fun disco ball or laser light projector for a wacky vibe.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
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6. DIY Faux Fireplace & Mantel

Sometimes a permanent, functional fireplace just doesn’t make sense for your space. The tutorial lets you build a lightweight, plywood fireplace box that can be assembled quickly, and removed easily as needed. The materials and time are only a small investment, but the decorative impact is huge.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
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7. DIY Barnwood Fireplace

If you love the look of wood and you are able to commit more time and money to a carpentry project, this tutorial will help you build a gorgeous rustic fireplace. You can build from scratch and use a fireplace insert, or apply the wooden box as a wrap around an existing fireplace front.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1 Weekend
Materials You Need:

  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Wood glue
  • Reclaimed barn wood
  • Wood stain

 

8. DIY Brick Front Fireplace

A brick veneer can revitalize the front of an old, ugly fireplace. If you have a 1970’s gold monster to cover up, brick is a good DIY option because it can be installed by fairly novice homeowners and is relatively cheap for materials. Follow the below tutorial and you can accomplish the work over a few days even if you’ve never worked with brick before.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 Weekend
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9. DIY Stone Fireplace

If you have an existing fireplace that needs a serious facelift, refacing is a great DIY fireplace option. The tutorial walks you through the steps of using stacked stones in some moderate level masonry. This is a project for anyone who is prepared to use a wet saw safely. Leave plenty of time to work carefully to ensure everything sets properly and cleanly for an even, professional finished product.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 1 Weekend
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10. DIY Outdoor Stone Fireplace

A DIY fireplace can dramatically improve your outdoor space as well. You’ll need two people to put this project together, but looks harder than it actually is. Using a kit, you can build this in an afternoon and be roasting marshmallows in your back yard the very next day. You can also buy each set of materials separately and follow the same basic directions. It’s not cheap, but this is still a more affordable way to add a fireplace to your property than hiring someone else to do the construction.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 Hours
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Recommended Read – Or, for building outside, you can try building a DIY fire pit, our tutorials will surely help you with that.

 

Conclusion

Fireplaces come in every shape, size, and style, but all add warmth and sophistication to our homes. Even if your fireplace is only decorative, the mantle will be a great visual focal point for your home that’s sure to get compliments from visitors. Does your home have a DIY fireplace? Show us how it looks and let us know what it took to make.

 

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