Fireplace Makeover With Plank and Mill
This fireplace makeover has been sponsored by Plank and Mill and It may contain affiliate links.
You Guys! I’m so dang excited to jump on the blog today. Not only has it been a few weeks since I said hello on here but also, this is our FIRST DIY in our new home. A lot of you know that we moved a week ago and we’ve been getting super cozy in our new place and starting to make it our home. The home owners made so many beautiful changes in this 1980’s home and we are just adding to their work!
I will first be showing you the before shots of the fireplace makeover and get into the gritty details. Let me tell you that this wasn’t the easiest job as the fireplace seemed not to be level, but we made it work and the end result is stunning.
As I’m editing the photos for this blog I just realized that for some reason the entire “DIY” process was deleted on my camera. I’m pretty upset – but let me assure you, I will do my best to explain the process. It was super easy.
Also, before you wonder why there’s a hole in the fireplace, it used to be a real fireplace and it was converted into a gas fireplace.
So, if you are reading this and have a fireplace like us and you do not want to damage the faux stone underneath, hang up thin plywood so you can
A) Get a even and level surface to work with
B) Not damage the rock
This method is fantastic for renters as it wont damage the composite underneath. We used a nail gun to hang the plywood and only put nails on each corner. If you’ve ever seen a nail gun nail, they’re extremely skinny. So the holes are very minimal and not visible to the naked eye.
Once you hang your plywood, you can start applying the Plank + Mill panels. They have three adhesive strips on the back to make the plank stick long term. I like to start on the top left and work my way down. Like flooring, you want to lay each row before starting on the next. It would be beneficial if you had a tape measure and level on hand. Once you get to the end of the row, you will most likely need to cut the blank. You can easily use a hand saw, or thick exacto blade. We used our miter saw for the cuts, but it isn’t needed.
The beauty of this wood is it looks super beat up and reclaimed ( my Jam ) so if you make a mistake, you can easily pull it up and reapply.
This entire fireplace makeover took us about 8 hours from start to finish. From hanging + cutting the plywood, to sticking on the planks, to painting and sealing the fireplace tile. It was well worth the investment of time as I feel it is the focal point in our living room.
So without further rambling, here is our completed fireplace makeover.
I think the biggest thing for me in a space is making it my own and since I love to change my decor up constantly, I love to add layers in my home that are easily interchangeable. Although, I don’t see us changing this wall anytime in the future. It’s so beautiful!
The planks we used were Plank and Mills ‘ White Wash Barnwood 5″ Boards‘. I love them so much and they look like we literally took reclaimed wood and white washed them. But that would be way too much work. So this is such a cost effective and easy option!