- DIY Faux Fireplace building plans and wood cut according to plans
- Nail gun with nails (or hammer and nails)
- Wood filler and caulk
- Sandpaper in varying grits
- Super Finish Max Sprayer
- Extension cord
- Stain and water-based sealer
- Painters tape and a trash bag
- Medium Spray Shelter
- Paint & Primer in One
- Sanding and painting mask
A faux fireplace would be adorable for upping the character in our living room after a major purge session. Originally, I thought to find an antique one, but I didn’t want to pay all that money in a room where the kids would most likely see the fireplace as a perfect goal for illegal indoor soccer.
Instead, we built one with plans from Ana White and Blue Roof Cabin. The only customization we made were adding a hearth and changing the trim at the top to suit our style. I used the Super Finish Max paint sprayer, along with the Medium Spray Shelter... in my living room to give this a perfectly gorgeous factory-like finish in no time.
Build the Faux Fireplace
You are first going to build your fireplace surround according to the plans you have. Once you're done with the building - ours took less than a full day to build - you'll want to fill in all the holes with filler, sand the entire piece, wipe clean with tack cloth, and caulk your seams.
If you choose to stain your mantle, you can stain it first, then wrap it in a bag and tape it off to keep the overspray from getting on the stain.
If you choose to paint your mantle with the same color as the rest, skip the wrapping and taping.
Set Up the Medium Spray Shelter
Pop up your Medium Spray Shelter. I opened ours in the living room because the garage was way too cold, and the heater would've been constantly running to keep it at a good paint-drying temperature.
Be sure to get your protective mask on, especially since you're spraying indoors, and ensure you have proper ventilation. I opened the doors and got a nice, freezing cold, cross-breeze. All your overspray will be contained inside the spray shelter, but you still need to keep your lungs safe from the paint.
Paint the Fireplace
Once you force your kiddos to leave the tent, put your fireplace inside. I didn't bother painting the back of the fireplace, so I was OK wiht having this on an angle. I rotated the fireplace after each coat and made extra certain to get in all the nooks and crannies.
Spray 3 Coats with a HomeRight Sprayer
I have used this paint with my sprayers many times over, so I loaded my paint cup, and went to town. If you're new to spraying or using a different paint, you may check the viscocity and choose the corresponding nozzle.
To ensure even coverage, make sure your paint is going on nice and thin. If you spray a thicker coat, it will most likely drip and dry to a tacky finish. This fireplace took 3 even, thin coats of latex (paint and primer in one).
Paint the Nooks and Crannies
Once it was dry, I turned the fireplace around and did the nooks and crannies in the other direction. At this point, you'll be able to see if you need to go over anywhere with an extra coat of paint. For us, that was the hearth. I did an extra coat there, and some touch-ups on the trim.
Clean the Paint Sprayer
While it's fully drying, you can start the clean up. Cleaning this sprayer is SO EASY, I promise. I emptied the leftover paint back into my container, and rinsed the paint cup and filled it with clean, warm soapy water.
Remove the pick up tube as well, rinse, then replace it on the sprayer. Screw the paint cup back onto the sprayer, and spray the container of water into the sink, until there's clear water coming out.
Remove the nozzle, and be sure to remove any paint that's stuck inside with a small straw brush. I like to dry it all off, then put it all back together so it's ready to roll for the next paint marathon!
Add a Backsplash
Unveil your goegrous fireplace! We chose to attach some peel-and-stick luxyry vinyl travertine oyster floor tiles to heavy cardboard, which we screwed to the back of the unit.
There are endless options - painting the wall behind it, an antique mirror, painted shiplap, brick paneling, real brick, stacked stone, wood rounds, herringbone patterns of tile or reclaimed wood... get super creative in this area, because it really polishes off the whole fireplace, and gives it a perfect custom look.
Decorate and Enjoy!
I decorated the hearth with some LED flameless candles, which the kids like to rearrange, while the top of the mantle has super simple Christmas decor on there - cable knit stockings with galvanized letters, greenery garland, and 4 taper candles (of which I never light, because... kids). I love how much character is added, without taking up a lot of space!
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