Fireless Fireplace

It’s finally done! I LOVE how it turned out!! This is not really a tutorial but I will quickly share with you how I put it all together and what materials I used to get the look!

So here is the wall before. My idea all started with a vision and painters

and now!


LOVEEEEEE:0) Just goes to show you can use simple materials to create something absolutely wonderful for your home! I’ve always wanted a mantel and a fireplace and with a little elbow grease I managed to get one up and it looks great in our space!


So here is the basics of what I did.

For the fireplace surround  (white planks) I used the following…

  • 1×2’s cut to size
  • 2 in nails
  • 5.5 inch primed MDF planks cut to size
  • white paint
  • wood filler
  • sander

First we made a frame for the wide 5.5 in planks. I would give you the measurements but it’s very specific for our space. I really just eyeballed how wide I wanted everything to be.



Then I nailed all the planks to the frame using 2 inch nails and a nail gun. I  also used the 1×2 for the sided of the fireplace.

After that I did a lot of sanding and filling holes, a little facial I call it:0). I’m SO happy the planks were already primed, otherwise I would have been at this forever! 

After that I painted the planks a nice crisp white.


The mantel was just as easy. This time instead of primed wood I used an unfinished wood.

For this mantel I used…

  • (2) 5.5 planks
  • (1) 1×2 cut to size
  • finishing nails
  • wood filler
  • stain
  • staining rags
  • sander

First I took the two 5.5 in planks and made a shelf. One plank for the top and one for the bottom. Then I used some scrap pieces of wood and nailed them to the sides to make a L-shaped box.IMG_8930_0184

On top I used 1×2 ‘s to create some depth. Then I filled the holes and sanded it down a bit.


Next I used my favorite stain, Miniwax in this yummy chocolate color…walnut! I stained it about 4-6 times to get the color a little richer and darker. In between drying I nicked a scraped the wood to give it a rustic look.


After my pretty mantel was all dry, I hung a 2×4 onto the fireplace to support the mantel.


Here it is all hung!!


It took me forever to decide what to put in the opening. That’s why I’ve been staling for so long:0))) But I think I found a great solution. I went to my local Lowe’s and had a piece of their faux brick (I see it all the time and I’ve always wanted to use it!!) cut to size and just pushed it right in there! They best thing about it is that it has a nice tight fit but can be changed into something different whenever I feel like it!! I figured for summer I can lighten it up with beadboard or a painted gray brick:) Is that not such a stylist/stager move! But it’s totally me!


I think a few wood logs, and a screen will be just right! As soon as I find some pieces I will share. OH! I can’t wait to get it all dressed up for Christmas! “Deck the halls….” lol!


Hope you love it as much as I do!!

That’s all.

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  1. WOW you did an outstanding job! I love it. It looks beautiful in your space and it looks like it’s always been there….you know…it fits perfectly! Job well done!!! Very inspiring and I love your floating flowers…

  2. this looks great! I ended up buying a mantel off of craigslist that needs some work, will hopefully have it ready before Thanksgiving. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. It looks amazing.
    I had my husband build me a fake fireplace last year before Christmas ’cause I desperately wanted a mantel. Ours is free standing, but I like how you built yours on the wall. And I love the brick inside. I just painted mine black, but I’ve been trying to come up with something else. I may have to steal your idea. :o)

  4. Wow Destiny, this is such a clever idea! Especially for someone like me who doesn’t have a fireplace! You are amazing! I love all of the beautiful additions you have made to your home!

  5. LOOOVVVEEE IT!!! What a great idea. So wish I could have this instead of the wood stove that sets awkwardly in our living room. I also love your brown paper flowers. Did you make those….I’m sure you did.

  6. A new follower here. How creative, I think every home should have a fireplace, whether it is real or not it sure does give a room character and warmth (the visual kind). I love the horizontal wood for the backing too. I’m off to read a little bit more now. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Destiny, this is amazing!! I saw you’re beautiful project a long time ago {way before I started blogging} and it inspired me to create a fireless fireplace in my home! It took me forever to actually start on it, but it’s almost done!! I had forgotten where I found this idea until I saw you on Lil’ Luna. I had pinned something else from your blog and wanted to check it out, but never got around to it {my memory fails me a lot}. So when you were Kristyn’s guest, it reminded me to visit you and I found my fireplace inspiration while I was at it! Thank you so much for sharing your talents and helping me create some sort of fireplace for my home! 🙂

  8. I love what you have done here with creating a fireplace. I think it is my favorite of all posts I have seen ever. I just love it! You have done such a great job! Every now and then I have to come back here and look again. It makes me happy to see what you have accomplished. Keep it up!

  9. Thank you for sharing. I have been on google for over an hour looking for inspiration. I found you through Ana White’s blog. This is exactly what i was looking for in a mantle!

    1. Oh great!!!! So happy to help! What did you type when you were looking? I can always change the wording so its easier to find on google for someone next time! :0)

  10. My husband is making me this fireplace in our master for my Christmas present 🙂 We’re sketching things out and I was wondering how wide yours is (for a reference of scale) and how wide/tall the fireplace insert part is as well?? Thanks!

    1. I’m not sure! I will get back to you on that! My guess is about 54 inches wide overall:0) and about 3×2 insert:0)

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