We aren’t all lucky enough to have a warm, cozy fireplace in our home. So here at TBD, we have found you some great DIY faux fireplace projects where you can add the look of a fireplace and mantel, without the cost of the real thing! This is a great project for the holidays, but don’t wait for the holidays to add the charm and warmth of a faux fireplace to your home. We love these projects, and are planning one for our home!




DIY Faux Fireplace Tutorials

Love this DIY faux fireplace from ‘Three Clementines‘. This tutorial comes complete with a mantel, and a “brick” fire box! Pay attention to how she took time to style this fireplace… All you see is the beautiful design! You hardly even notice the fireplace isn’t real!


Matsutake blog‘ has this great step by step tutorial on building a budget minded DIY faux fireplace for less than $100, and it looks awesome! And ladies, it was done by a woman while her other half was out of town… (I like her technique, lol) Here are her instructions for faux fireplace under $100.

Faux fireplace


This faux fireplace is probably a mantel purchased from an antique store and backed with a mirror, but I couldn’t resist… why? Because occasionally you can find these old mantels for less than $100, and adding a mirror to the back is easy… Also…who’s to say you couldn’t create this yourself? Scrap wood, a couple of brackets from Home Depot, a good faux antique paint finish…then just secure it directly to the wall. Think how they used to do the “False” store fronts in the olden days! Love this look! I am so trying to replicate this! Found on Pinterest, no source know.

Faux fireplace


Harrison Home‘ built a cool DIY faux fireplace that I love because it’s simple… I think I would have painted the firebox area a dark color, but I like that cottagey look as well… How about painting the firebox area with chalkboard paint? Leave happy messages? Learn how he made his faux fireplace.

Faux fireplace


Nonis Wonderlust‘ has this one for us…how cool is this! They used pallet and scrap wood to create this rustic, charming and wonderful faux fireplace! Find out how they did it here…

Faux fireplace


This project is from ‘A Cultivated Nest‘, and uses tin ceiling tiles to make a really clever and unique faux fireplace.

faux fireplace


Try our very own take on a DIY faux fireplace that we made from an old window!

DIY Faux Fireplace

Is that enough for you? I know it has me on a hunt for lumber, because I also have no fireplace in my home… and I want one! Going to try one of these DIY faux fireplaces? We think you will also love our posts on DIY Christmas Mantel Decorating and Chunky Knit Blanket DIY’s!

Image Credits: Matsutake, Three Clementines, Pinterest, Harrison Home, Nonis Wonderlust, A Cultivated Nest

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  1. Vicki newsom February 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Help! I live with a black lava fireplace that my husband’s previous wife had built. It doesn’t exactly fit in with my proposed decor. I want shabby chic! Can you tell me how I can paint it to fit in????

    1. Kathy Woodard February 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Black lava might be tough to paint over… Have you thought of creating one of the wood box style faux fireplace surrounds in the post to just cover the lava rock?

  2. Scotty May 21, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Looks unreal! Great stuff.
    If I was a bit more handy I’d give one of these a shot as opposed to the electric fireplace that I wall mounted. Thanks!

    1. Kathy Woodard February 12, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Its gorgeous Valerie! Thank YOU!

  3. Andrew Mendel May 31, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Wow. These ideas are so cool. I know my girlfriend would love to do a project like this with me.


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