Looking to add the finished touch to your DIY fireplace makeover? Well, I have the perfect solution! You can easily achieve that gorgeous stacked wood appearance you’ve seen in all the magazines without all the wood! Also, it’s a great solution to baby proof your fireplace.
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Whether your fireplace is not functional or you just want an easy decoration for the warm summer months this is the project for you! Personally, we live in Florida and most homes here have non functioning fireplaces after many years of neglecting maintenance. Not that we really have many, if any, days we can use it. With a toddler at home, the inside of our fireplace quickly became a disgusting playground for my son. So I wanted an easy DIY that would essential baby proof our fireplace and wouldn’t break the bank.
- Plywood cut to size of your fireplace insert
- Black or Grey Spray Paint
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Unfinished wood slices, in various sizes
The hardest part about this project was cutting the plywood to the correct size. Luckily, my husband was able to do this for me!
After, you have your cut plywood, I recommend inserting it into your fireplace just to double check it fits correctly.
Next, you’ll want to spray paint your wood black or dark charcoal. I used black chalkboard spray paint because I already had it on hand. I also really liked the chalky/matte appearance of the paint for this project. Feel free to use any paint you may already have.
After that dries, lay your wood out flat, then begin to place your wood slices where you’d like them. I recommend leaving a 2″ space around the edges for easy placement and removal of the board. I started out by placing my wood slices all around the edges/border then filled in the center pieces.
Once you have your board filled in with the wood slices then begin gluing them down. I only used a small dot of glue per wood chip. What I really liked about the Gorilla Wood Glue is that it dries clear so you don’t have to worry about any drips or spills. After they are all glued down, let your board lay flat for about an hour so the glue can fully dry.
Then you are done and ready to place your finished board in the fireplace! If you are using yours for childproofing, I recommend screwing the board to the fireplace somehow (you may need a bracket). Just to be super safe so it won’t fall on your toddler.