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Add Planking to a Fireplace

  • September 17, 2014
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Make an accent wall in your family room by adding planking around your fireplace. We used ½” MDF planks and nailed them to the wall and added a walnut mantel to complete the farmhouse look.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

      Cut your planks into 3” strips. Use your miter box and miter each end that touches the wall to a 45 degree so it will sit flush with the wall (if needed) Level and nail in the first plank right above your fireplace.

    2. Step: 2

      Use a few quarters or nickels as spacers and cut and nail up all your boards. If you have a light switch, measure accordingly and cut out a space for the light switch using your jigsaw.

    3. Step: 3

      When you get to the bottom, you may need to cut back your baseboard. Simply use your multi tool and cut it off.

    4. Step: 4

      Measure your sides and cut 2 long pieces to use as trim pieces. Using a table saw, miter one side of each trim piece at a 45 degree so it will sit flush to the wall (if needed). Pin nail them over the existing planks.

    5. Step: 5

      Putty, sand and caulk (the sides of the trim next to wall if needed) and paint.

    6. Step: 6

      Add a mantel if wanted.

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Add Planking to a Fireplace

by contractorwifey
Sep 17, 2014

Make an accent wall in your family room by adding planking around your fireplace. We used ½” MDF planks and nailed them to the wall and added a walnut mantel to complete the farmhouse look.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1

    Cut your planks into 3” strips. Use your miter box and miter each end that touches the wall to a 45 degree so it will sit flush with the wall (if needed) Level and nail in the first plank right above your fireplace.

  2. Step: 2

    Use a few quarters or nickels as spacers and cut and nail up all your boards. If you have a light switch, measure accordingly and cut out a space for the light switch using your jigsaw.

  3. Step: 3

    When you get to the bottom, you may need to cut back your baseboard. Simply use your multi tool and cut it off.

  4. Step: 4

    Measure your sides and cut 2 long pieces to use as trim pieces. Using a table saw, miter one side of each trim piece at a 45 degree so it will sit flush to the wall (if needed). Pin nail them over the existing planks.

  5. Step: 5

    Putty, sand and caulk (the sides of the trim next to wall if needed) and paint.

  6. Step: 6

    Add a mantel if wanted.