Today is Fireplace Framing time. Yesterday I left you with some Billy Bookcases from IKEA built, and secured to the wall. Now we are able to start the fireplace makeover preparations.
We had to install the bookcases first (see picture below). So that we could get an accurate measurement for how wide the fireplace would be.
Yesterday I showed you my inspiration picture for my makeover. Then found that Layla from The Lettered Cottage did an amazing fireplace makeover for a friend. That one also became my inspiration.
I ended up using the same stone as Layla as well the same BILLY bookcases from IKEA. Although I used two more than she did.
I decided to bump out the fireplace surround a bit like Layla. But without extending it all the way to the fireplace like she did.
I wanted to leave a little bit because I was afraid the fireplace would look lost if I didn’t. The living room is so larger. I also added a chunky fireplace mantel made of wood like Layla’s, but without the corbels.
And we both use the same AirStone for the fireplace. Mine extended from the bottom all the way to the top of the ceiling. Layla’s did some planking above the mantel.
How to Frame Out the Fireplace : Full Tutorial
So here is the installation process.
Step 1 – Remove the Old Stuff
Remove the existing tiles and mantel from the wall. Although the picture above shows them gone already I wanted to show you the process. Basically a lot of tugging, and prying but not instructions needed.
This tore up the wall pretty good but the nice thing about the AirStone product is that you can adhere them right to the wall. Bonus!
Step 2 – Remove the Fireplace Metal
Remove the fireplace hearth metal.
The first issue was that the fireplace hearth wasn’t wide enough. I needed to do something to widen the dimensions or else it would look strange with the fireplace extending beyond that.
We debated finding some sort of tile border but in the end we added wood instead. I am so glad we did! It looks awesome and picks up on the wood in the mantel.
So the first thing we had to do was to remove the existing metal piece around the tile. This proved challenging.
In the end we just cut it off with my Rockwell Sonic Crafter tool with the metal blade. It worked like a charm.
Step 3 – Fireplace Hearth
Cut out wood to extend the fireplace base.
I used 1″ x 4″ pine wood around the tile and mitered it in the corners.
We did have to run the wood through my table saw to thin it out just a hair. This way, it was the same thickness as the tile.
Note: The PVC pipe sticking out to the left houses all our TV cords.
Step 4 – Side Boxes
Build boxes to build out the fireplace surround.
We ended up using 2 x 2″s, 1/2″ plywood and wood screws to build the boxes.
Actually they are just two sided boxes. We didn’t need to add plywood to the side or back because that would have been waste.
We made them 45″ tall and 13″ wide.
To attach them we screwed a 2″ x 2″ into the wall. And then air nailed another 2″ x 2″ into the bookcase.
Then we added the plywood halfbox front to that with wood screws.
Here is a close up so you can see what we did. The mantel will sit on top of these boxes.
So here is where we are at this point. I removed the hearth to stain it using Minwax Special Walnut .
After the stain and Minwax Wipe-On Poly dried I air nailed the wood hearth in place.
And now it is time to build the mantel and then add the stone to the fireplace surround.
Click here to continue reading the next chapter about the DIY Wood Mantel.
Can you frame around a fireplace?
As you can see with ours, yes, it is possible to frame around a fireplace. As a generic basic guide for eveybody, here are the steps to follow:
- Measure the dimensions of the fireplace opening to determine the size of the frame that you will need to build.
- Cut the lumber to the appropriate length and width for the frame.
- Assemble the frame using nails or screws. Make sure that the frame is square and level.
- Install the frame around the fireplace opening, making sure that it is properly secured to the wall.
- Finish the framing as desired, such as by adding trim or drywall.
It is important to follow all safety precautions when framing around a fireplace. You need to wear protective gear and take care not to damage any existing pipes or electrical wires.
It is also recommended to consult with a professional if you are unsure about any aspect of the process.
Can you use wood framing around a fireplace?
Yes, wood can be used as a framing material around a fireplace as we’ve done. Some common types of wood that are used for framing include lumber, such as pine, fir, or spruce. Or engineered wood products, such as plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).
When using wood to frame around a fireplace, it is important to choose a wood that is suitable for the application.
For example, pine is a soft wood that may not be as strong or durable as other types of wood, while fir and spruce are stronger and more suitable for framing. Engineered wood products are also a good choice for framing because they are more stable and less likely to warp than solid wood.
It is also important to follow proper construction techniques. This includes using the correct size and type of fasteners, such as nails or screws. And also ensuring that the frame is square and level.
Overall, wood is a common and effective material for framing around a fireplace. But it has to be used properly and according to building codes and regulations.
How close can wood be to a fireplace?
The distance that wood can be placed near a fireplace depends on several factors. Such as the type of fireplace, the material of the wood, and the installation and use of safety measures.
In general, it is generally recommended to keep wood at least 36 inches away from a fireplace to prevent the risk of fire. Although again, there are other factors. For example, a traditional wood-burning fireplace may require a greater distance between the wood and the fireplace than a gas fireplace.
It is also important to consider the type of wood being used. Some types of wood, such as pine, are more flammable than others, such as oak or other hardwoods. As a result, it may be necessary to keep softer woods farther away from the fireplace. This to reduce the risk of fire.
Finally, it is important to use safety measures, such as a screen or glass doors in order to protect against stray sparks or embers from the fireplace.
Overall, it is important to follow building codes and manufacturer’s recommendations for any installation in general. Moreover when flames are involved to ensure the safety of your home and family.
And here are all the posts in this series for easy reference:
Family Room Makeover Part 1: Installing the IKEA Billy Bookcase Built-Ins
Family Room Makeover Part 2: Framing out the Fireplace
Family Room Makeover Part 3: Building a Hollow Rustic Mantel
Family Room Makeover Part 4: AirStone Fireplace Makeover
Family Room Makeover Part 5: Finishing Touches
Family Room Makeover Part 6: Styling the Built-ins