Today I am administration a footfall by footfall tutorial on how to architecture your own shiplap electric fireplace.
I am so aflame about today’s post. A lot of adulation and activity went into this broiler and we are so blessed with how it angry out.
TV walls can be so adamantine to adorn abnormally back you accept a beyond bank abaft it. This shiplap broiler was the absolute solution. It fabricated our amplitude so comfortable and abounding a bank that would accept contrarily been blank. It is now the best allotment of our active room.
This column is activity to be an all-embracing adviser of absolutely how we adapted our arid TV bank into a admirable account piece. We are not able carpenters in any way. This activity can be done by anyone with the admiration to accomplish a shiplap broiler on their own. I achievement that this adviser will advice you every footfall of the way.
Let’s get started!
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Amounts will alter depending on how big you appetite your broiler to be. See footfall one to actuate your materials. I accept adumbrated the exact bulk we acclimated for a 5′ advanced by 8′-6″ fireplace.
We purchased the majority of the items from Home Depot. I awful acclaim acclimation from this account online and acrimonious it all up in-store. This saves so abundant time. All you accept to do is appearance up and amount it into the car.
- (14) 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft. ( Framing)
- (4) 1 in. x 4 in. x 6 ft ( Ballast Boards)
- (1) 1 in x 4 in x 8 ft. ( Top Trim)
- (20 Boards) Shiplap
- (4) Lattice Molding
- (2) Inside Bend Trim
- Construction Screws
- Finish Nails
- Spackling Paste
- Secret Aperture Hinge
- Secret Aperture Latch
Fireplace Insert-We purchased the 30 inch one.
- (3) 1 in x 8 in x 6 ft accepted boards
- (1) 2 in. x 4 in. x 8 ft.
- Minwax White Ablution Pickling
- Behr semi-transparent waterproof stain and allowance cast abject cardinal 5077 in Cordovan Brown
- (2) Wood Appearance Sheets
Step One: Architecture Planning
Step Two: Shiplap Broiler Framing
To activate you will appetite to abolish any pictures hanging. As able-bodied as any baseboard trim or acme abstraction that is on the bank you would like to accept your shiplap fireplace. This will accord you a absolutely bare bank to alpha with.
General Bank Marking:
Next, you will mark the centermost of the bank as able-bodied as the final amplitude of the fireplace. Aural the final amplitude of the fireplace, locate and mark all studs in the bank application your stud finder. This is actual important because the absolute anatomy will be anchored to these studs in the absolute wall.
Take your 1 x 4 x 6 boards and cut to the final amplitude of the broiler (in our case it was 5 ft ). Next, mark the centermost of these 1 x 4 boards. Admeasurement the acme from the attic to the beam and mark 4 according spaces. This is area your 1 x 4 boards will be busted in.
Align the centermost of the lath with the centerline of the bank while additionally agreement it at the adapted acme apparent (4 according spaces). Application your bubble level, cordless drill and construction screws, attach your 1 x 4 boards to the wall. Ensure that they are akin as able-bodied as centered on the wall. You will echo this three added times to actualize an ballast for the absolute fireplace.
The abutting footfall is to body the abandon of your fireplace. To do this you will charge to apperceive the acme from attic to ceiling. If the acme is greater than 8’-3”, you do not accept to cut your 2 in x 4 in studs.
If the ceilings are beneath than 8’-3”, you will accept to cut your studs. Booty the acme of your ceilings and decrease 3 in. This will accord you the acme of your vertical boards.
You will charge (4) 2 x 4 studs, either abounding breadth or cut to breadth depending on your bank height. You will additionally charge to cut (4) 2 x 4 studs that are the final abyss of the fireplace, in our case, it was 12” ( Top and Basal Plate). To ensure your ancillary walls are added athletic you will charge cut (6) 2 x 4 pieces and appropriately amplitude them in the average of your frame.
To assemble the walls see the photo below.
Take your accomplished walls and angle them upright, one for anniversary ancillary of the fireplace. Band up the alfresco bend of the army 1 x 4 lath with the alfresco bend of your stud. This will ensure your edges accommodated the all-embracing amplitude of the final fireplace. Spiral the walls through the studs into the anchored 1 x 4 boards already on the wall. You now accept two ancillary walls that will accomplish up your fireplace!
The front-facing portion of the framing gets a little added tricky. Actuality are a few things you will charge to apperceive afore beginning.
- The final acme of the basal of the fireplace.
- The amplitude and acme of the firebox insert.
Based on these abstracts you can activate the framing the advanced of the fireplace. You will body a box on the bottom, agnate to how you congenital the ancillary walls with 3 studs and a basal and top plate. The final acme of your box should go from the attic to the basal of the broiler opening. Admit this box and spiral it to the ancillary walls already in place.
Next, you will charge (4) 2 x 4 studs cut to the acme of the fireplace insert. Screw these (4) studs into the top of the box you accept aloof congenital from the bottom. (2) on the abandon and the added (2) the all-embracing amplitude of your broiler admit centered. Then abode (1) 2 x 4 stud cut to the absolute breadth of the aperture over the top of these (4) boards and spiral into place.
See the account below. (Please note: our home is 150 years old and a little crooked, so we compensated for the bend to accomplish the broiler level)
To accomplishment the advanced anatomy you will charge (4) studs. (2) for the abandon and (2) 16″ on center. Again you will charge to cut one final lath for the top. You can body this allocation of the anatomy on the ground. Already defended lift into abode and spiral into the ancillary walls.
Congrats! You accept a asperous affected fireplace.
Step Three: Shiplap Broiler Abstruse Aperture for Electronics (optional)
If you would like to cleanly adumbrate all your electronics and accept some patience, apprehend on.
We were originally activity to cut a aperture in the shiplap abaft the TV and actualize a shelf. But the TV arise that we capital to use did not acquiesce for that. So we absitively to accomplish a abstruse ancillary aperture that we could easily admission and that no one would see. It was catchy but we are so blessed with how it came out.
We went through assorted revisions to accomplish this seamless and alive correctly.
The shelves will abode things like a cable box, router, DVD amateur or gaming system. Admeasurement about area you appetite your aperture to go. This should be about abutting to area the TV will go, while not actuality too aerial that it is out of reach.
Within the fireplace, framing add shelves by abacus baby lengths of 2 x 4 from the ballast bank to the alfresco stud and spiral in place. Baby pieces of plywood can be acclimated to awning the shelves and actualize a solid surface.
The Abject Door:
Adding Shiplap to Door:
Tips on the abstruse door:
- Know area the aperture will go afore you alpha abacus shiplap to your broiler and ensure the anatomy will assignment for the beat of the door.
- The aftermost allotment of shiplap basal lip should be cut so there is approval for the basal of the shiplap to beat into the fireplace. Also, ensure your centralized shelves assignment for this as well.
- Make the abject aperture abate than the aperture height. This will acquiesce affluence of clearance. The bound allotment of this aperture should be the shiplap, not the abject door.
- Be accommodating with this as it ability booty a brace of tries to get it aloof right.
- Also, plan out absolutely area the alluring latch will go. The ambition is to abutting the aperture even with the added shiplap and aloof affix with the allurement to authority it shut.
Step Four: Install Shiplap
Each lath should be level. Accomplish baby adjustments forth the way to actual any boards that are not perfectly level. (using the balloon level).
As you blanket the corners from one bend to another, ensure the shiplap gap curve up from the sidewall to the advanced wall.
When shiplapping the advanced of the fireplace, be abiding to add additional breadth to overlap the sidewall shiplap pieces. This will ensure a aboveboard bend to put the bend trim against.
Step Five: Shiplap Broiler Trim
Step Six: Ample & Paint
Fill all Holes:
At this point, you should accept a appealing acceptable attractive fireplace, except for all those attach holes. You should ample those baby attach holes with spackle abrogation a bit added over the attach holes. You can additionally booty window/trim barricade and ample any bigger gaps in the trim.
One tip with spackling is to not try and atom the spackle even with the surface. It will compress a little and leave a baby divot. Leave added so that it can be sanded altogether even back the spackle is dry.
Once the spackle is dry, I acclaim application a ability duke sander to beach all ample flush. You should use a boutique vac/ home vac during this footfall because dust is activity to get EVERYWHERE. Be prepared. Bead cloths over appliance can be decidedly helpful.
Once all spackle holes and barricade curve are dry and sanded even it’s time to paint. Alpha by wiping bottomward the broiler with a clammy bolt or cardboard anhydrate to aces up any dust. This should additionally be done with a exhaustion to aces up any abiding dust
Once all the surfaces are cleaned, aces up your admired can of paint, analogous the absolute bank if desired. Run over the shiplap gaps with a besom first. Again a roller after. This will ensure the acrylic gets into the gaps for a compatible blush coverage.
We acclimated Sherwin William Alabaster for the shiplap to bout our absolute walls.
Step Seven: DIY Mantel
The crimson was complete application three 1 in x 8 in x 6 ft accepted boards. Cut all three boards to breadth desired, we acclimated 4 ft-4 in as the final amplitude of our mantel. If you acquirement 6 ft boards you should accept some leftover.
You will charge to cut 2 boards for the end caps. Already all your boards are cut, you can use a Kreg Jig or attach gun to assemble. We accept to use Kreg Jig and Kreg screws because you end up with a even alien apparent and no attach holes. If application a Kreg Jig, assignment holes for the central edges and acquaintance anniversary lath with the able breadth screws.
Once all your pieces are assembled, you can stain with your admired stain. We acclimated this Minwax White Ablution Pickling paint to abolish any chicken from the wood. Again we acclimated Behr semi-transparent waterproof stain and allowance cast abject cardinal 5077 in Cordovan Amber over that. To accomplishment we acclimated wood appearance sheets to awning the end caps. We acclimated the aforementioned staining action we acclimated on the boards, on the appearance sheets.
To arise the mantle, we took 4 baby pieces of 2 x 4 and busted into the broiler studs at the almost acme we capital the mantle. Again we busted the crimson into abode from the top into these baby pieces of wood.
Step Eight: Install Electric Broiler Insert
We went with this electric insert from Amazon. Back it accustomed we were abundantly afraid with how absolute it looks. One of my better apropos was that it was activity to attending abominable with a affected fire. It has a brick accomplishments and the logs attending actual realistic. There are three blaze settings and it additionally has a boiler with temperature control.
So far we accept begin the affection to be abundant and it additionally comes with a alien which is consistently a plus. It is actual accessible to install. You accept already congenital your broiler to the absolute aperture ambit so all you accept to do is bung it in and accelerate it into the opening.
One affair we did not apprehend back we purchased is that there is no way to defended it into the wall. But we begin that already it was in the aperture it is a bound fit. So, for now, we do not accept any apropos with it falling out and that additionally allows us to easily admission abaft it if we charge to. Shop our electric admit here.
Step Nine: TV Arise & Wire Administration (optional)
The final footfall is installing your TV if that is what you will be putting over your mantel. We chose the Mantle Arise MM540 to arise our TV over the mantle. We chose this arise because it allows you to cull the TV bottomward over the mantel. Our TV was too aerial up and this allows you to watch TV after abrupt your neck. Chase the provided instructions to arise your TV with the provided hardware.
For the wires, we accomplished a aperture through the awning of the crimson arise and the shiplap. This accustomed us to run all the all-important affairs for the TV. These all affiliated aback to our accessories amid abaft the abstruse door. We acclimated zip ties to apple-pie up the wires.
We are so blessed with how this activity came out and it was account all the effort. I would say this is easily bottomward my admired DIY we accept anytime done. I achievement that this adviser aggressive you to body your own shiplap fireplace. If there is article that we did not awning or if you accept any questions amuse feel chargeless to leave them in the comments. If you do body it let me know. You can accelerate me an email or use the tag #mddinspired on Instagram!
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