This is probably the most exciting post I have yet to share, because I finally got a fireplace! I am soo over the moon about this! We used a couple different tutorials to get the idea of what we would need to do that I will link below for you to check out. The idea originally came from Brooke at Nesting With Grace, which I have mentioned like 100 times is my fave blogger in the world. Once I realized that its something that could be done I was itching to do one somewhere, it was just a matter of using the space in the most efficient way.
I will start by saying, I have ALWAYS wanted a fireplace, like desperately and embarrassingly so, SO this is my FAVORITE project to date. We used our basement to house a bar & a home gym. BUT we also didn’t use the entire space for the gym, so I toyed around with the idea of how to best use the space. I used painters tape to tape out all the measurements I had in mind to make sure that it was actually functional! Once I did that and got Devin onboard it was just a matter of time. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll have noticed the green tape in any of my pictures from the new space as we’ve been using it still sans fireplace and WE LOVE IT! I will share some of the before and afters of our outcome! This is not a how-to tutorial, I don’t think I took enough photos and I don’t think I could accurately describe what Devin did, since he did a lot of it while I was at work. But I will share some other great tutorials we based ours off of and some of the items we used that worked super well! And I am happy to answer any questions that you might have just to help you get started 🙂 Click any of the links below for some of the tutorials we used. These were the 3 main ones we loosely based our plans off of, but there are 101 ideas on Pinterest if none of these fit the idea for your space. The fireplace was built and had shiplap on it within a day. It took probably a full other day to finesse, stain and style.
There is still a lot of work to be done in our basement, mainly the ceiling. That is something we plan to tackle, just not yet! I decorated our new fireplace by “shopping my own home” and re-purposing some things so that we didn’t have to buy a bunch of new things for this space. And then this also gives me some time to find the perfect items to finish the mantle but until then, this will do perfectly! I will talk a bit more about shopping you home in a post in February, so stay tuned!
Some of the tutorials we used to get inspired:
Nesting with Grace – our original inspiration was when Brooke first did this, we are also using the same insert.
The Beauty Revival – the idea that we used because we wanted shiplap & not brick.
Blesser House – because we were not going all the way up the wall we loosely used this for the outline to get an idea for our mantel.
Some of the items we used:
Our Electric Insert is this one from Amazon (33″ for our fireplace, Devin liked the more fire insert to mantle ratio so we went a bit bigger). This shiplap kit from Rona was a godsend, we were going to do it ourselves with spacers to save some money but this was well worth the cost and time saving.
Fireplace Before, during & FULL REVEAL!
Here are some fun during shots for y’all that I had taken!