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Barn Beam Inspired Fireplace


Lady Lumber
Lady Lumber
Lady Lumber
Lady Lumber

When our electric fireplace quit, I embraced the opportunity for a new/big project to add some character to our starter home. I really loved the idea of a built-in with shelves for storage. I had a collection of old barn beams that I traded for building some nightstands for my boss. I thought one of them (rough 6x6) would look great as a mantel and couldn't wait to use it. I also loved the idea of a plank wall - go big or go home, right? I had some smaller beams that would frame the plank wall perfectly and tie the piece together. When I was making the hearth I remembered I had a wide piece of wood that a coworker gave me off of his 100+ yr old home. It is beautiful and about 16" wide, and has so much character from the holes left behind by the square nails that were used to attach it to his home over a hundred years ago. With all of these unique pieces in mind, I drew up a picture of what I wanted and began to plan the project. It came together beautifully and I couldn't be happier. This was my first project like this - now I'm already looking for my next ! If interested in reading more, visit my blog post https://behindthebuilds.com/2017/01/05/barn-beam-inspired-fireplace/

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  • This turned out beautifully! You did a great job tying all the elements together- and the floating shelves on the side are a really nice touch. Great work!
    By RYOBI Nation, on January 17, 2017

  • This looks sooo good!!! May I ask how you hooked up the tv? I am wanting to do something like this but don't want to move my outlet at the bottom.
    By Smashingdiy, on January 18, 2017
    • There is a cut out behind the mantel to feed my cords through to the outlet and then there is an access door to the outlet beneath the fireplace.
      By Lady Lumber, on January 18, 2017

  • Ahhh!! Thanks for the info...its very helpful
    By Smashingdiy, on January 19, 2017

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Barn Beam Inspired Fireplace

by Lady Lumber
Jan 17, 2017

When our electric fireplace quit, I embraced the opportunity for a new/big project to add some character to our starter home. I really loved the idea of a built-in with shelves for storage. I had a collection of old barn beams that I traded for building some nightstands for my boss. I thought one of them (rough 6x6) would look great as a mantel and couldn't wait to use it. I also loved the idea of a plank wall - go big or go home, right? I had some smaller beams that would frame the plank wall perfectly and tie the piece together. When I was making the hearth I remembered I had a wide piece of wood that a coworker gave me off of his 100+ yr old home. It is beautiful and about 16" wide, and has so much character from the holes left behind by the square nails that were used to attach it to his home over a hundred years ago. With all of these unique pieces in mind, I drew up a picture of what I wanted and began to plan the project. It came together beautifully and I couldn't be happier. This was my first project like this - now I'm already looking for my next ! If interested in reading more, visit my blog post https://behindthebuilds.com/2017/01/05/barn-beam-inspired-fireplace/