This challenge began as an thought in my thoughts, how might I remodel the free electrical fire that got here with the Florida home we purchased. You may see the unique fire in these actual property itemizing footage from earlier this yr. All summer time lengthy I didn’t hassle with the thought of a fireside in Florida with 90+ diploma days. I had saved the electrical fire in one other room considering I’d promote it.
However after I returned in November it was chilly and I believed how good it could be to have a hearth as a supply of warmth. I really like a hearth as a focus in dwelling and household rooms, and I at all times had at the back of my thoughts an thought to construct a flooring to ceiling electrical fire encompass in the lounge on this home. As an alternative I made a decision to rework the one I had on website. May or not it’s executed? May I give it a more energizing look, one which complemented the type of the house? What did I’ve to lose? I’m blissful to report my experiment labored!
The hearth appears utterly completely different than after I began. It has a contemporary clean textured end with cleaner strains that’s painted the identical impartial white because the partitions. I needed to give it a full makeover which was no easy activity!
The one under is what I began with, you’ll be able to see it’s a kind of primary items that may be purchased on-line, however sadly the type didn’t match my coastal-meets-modern aesthetic. I didn’t like the standard trim, the skinny routed legs, or the glass and stone tile face. I wished one thing far more easy, fashionable and up to date, one thing that will recede into the background and appear like it belonged.
I don’t have a miter noticed in Florida but. I solely have one in California, so if I used to be going to sort out this challenge it needed to be executed with primary instruments, easy provides, and a few assist from the lumber reducing division at Lowe’s.
I started by deconstructing the hearth and taking it aside. I needed to perceive the way it was put collectively if I used to be going to take away items and nonetheless have a working construction. It revealed it was a hole MDF body held collectively by pegs, screws, and cam bolts.
It was low-cost building however had simply sufficient construction to work with. I started eradicating the ornamental trim I didn’t need which needed to be rigorously executed so I wouldn’t harm the body I deliberate to maintain.
Subsequent I rigorously eliminated the tile on the entrance fabricated from glass and stone. It was glued on fairly nicely so I used to be fortunate I remembered to put on goggles and gloves as a result of shards had been popping in every single place!
Now was the second of fact, might I put all of it again collectively in order that it was structurally sound? Why sure, it was! Simply in want of a totally completely different end.
I knew I wished a wall texture end however wall texture doesn’t follow painted MDF so I got here up with a plan to wrap it in skinny hardboard panels, the type you employ for creating board and batten wall remedies or lining the backs of bookcases. I used one in every of these hardboard panels I discovered at House Depot and trimmed it piece by piece with a blade to suit the hearth body. I glued them on with Gorilla glue and secured them with pin nails.
I purposely connected them with the tough again aspect dealing with out in order that the joint compound I used to be planning to make use of would cling to the floor.
This half was time consuming as a result of each bit needed to be reduce to particular dimensions and the hardboard panels are powerful to chop with only a blade. With persistence I used to be in a position to do it and canopy the entire vertical sides of the construction.
Now it was time for the brand new mantel! I wished one thing bigger with a thicker prime so I bought a 16” piece of pine for the highest and 1×3” strips for the edges and had them reduce to the proper measurements at Lowe’s within the lumber division. I screwed all of them collectively and to the highest of the construction by predrilling holes with drill bits and becoming a member of them along with wooden screws.
Lastly to attach the hardboard panel items and clean the corners I used joint tape secured with extra gorilla glue to make sure it could stick.
That is the ultimate body earlier than the applying of the joint compound:
I used to be somewhat nervous at this level as a result of I might see the brand new form however puzzled if the joint compound end would work. I utilized two coats of joint compound to the hearth encompass, permitting them to dry for twenty-four hours between coats and sanding in between. As soon as it was dry and sanded I primed the piece after which painted it the identical colour because the wall.
All of it got here collectively completely as I imagined and your entire challenge solely value me about $60. So blissful!
The aspect view of the start line….
And the after:
I nonetheless have to cover the hearth twine, you’ll be able to see it coming out on the aspect. I notched the hearth’s aspect wall simply sufficient to permit the twine to suit by and plan to color it the identical colour because the wall so it blends in and use small U formed staples to carry it in place in opposition to the baseboard.
General I’m very happy with the consequence! The proportions of the hearth match the wall properly with area for sconces and chairs. It’s proof that with imaginative and prescient and some instruments and provides you’ll be able to remodel items to suit your type!
The electrical fire insert is so nice, it has a number of ranges of flame and temperature and a distant management that goes with it. The night time it was full it rained so I opened the door and listened to the rain whereas I sat by the hearth admiring my work!
I’m sharing your entire challenge in video on Instagram Reels and you’ll see how cozy it’s at night time in that video.
To the lounge area, I additionally added a spherical espresso desk to the area and my couch might be delivered in January, then I’ll add some pillows and the room might be full!
There was a console I had sitting on the hearth wall however I moved it to the alternative wall so it’s subsequent to the entrance door, the proper place to drop keys, mail, and so forth.
This home might be rented January by Could so I’m proud of how far it’s come since we purchased it in April. I’ll share different area enhancements on this house quickly. 🙂