A fireplace plywood surround is an inexpensive way to give a plain wall around a fireplace a little character, especially if you don’t have a mantel. These planks are made from ripped plywood and stained in a variety of colors. Keep reading and I promise you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to create this look!
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DIY Modern Fireplace Plywood Surround
Rip 1/4″ plywood into 6″ planks. I had the guys at Lowe’s do this for me.
Stain the planks to your liking. For mine, I used a dark brown stain, a medium brown stain, a grey stain and a white wash (white paint diluted with water). I stained them in the backyard and let them dry.
While the planks dry, use a stud finder to mark the studs on the wall. When I marked mine, I drew a long vertical line lining the studs.
To install, I started with a long plank along the bottom and nailed it to the studs. I -sort of- came up with a pattern on the fly as I went up, but it was nothing fancy. As long as you don’t repeat colors, it’ll look good. Using pennies as spacers as you move up makes it so your planks are evenly spaced. And don’t forget to use the level to make sure you keep the planks…well …. leveled… all the way up 🙂
There were a couple pieces above and below the fireplace that I had to trim. I used a jig saw to trim the pieces.
(I’m going nuts adding plywood all over my house)
To finish it off, I added a piece of 1×4 trim at the top. That helped avoid cutting a narrow piece of plywood for the top piece against the ceiling. Not too bad eh?
The cool thing about this treatment, is that it is totally removable when I get tired of it (and believe me, I will!). All I’ll need to do when that happens is fill in a few small holes, and paint, so no big deal 🙂
Here are a few pics of the finished wall! Do you have a place in mind for this? Let me know in the comment section!
It added a lot of character to an otherwise plain family room! Don’t you think?
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Here’s a video that summarizes the process. I filmed this when I did my basement bathroom but it’s the same process for any other wall with inside corners. Enjoy!
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!