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How to Build an Awesome Fireplace in Just One Weekend

How to Build an Awesome Fireplace in Just One Weekend

A step-by-step guide on how to build an electric fireplace surround.

Picture a glamorous fireplace glowing under you flat screen TV and giving your living room an upscale and welcoming feel. Imagine your house guests enjoying a charming atmosphere your fireplace creates. 

If you are ready to bring this dream into reality, we found a handy guide that shows you exactly how to install an electric fireplace under a TV and build a stone surround in just one weekend. Video courtesy of Whitney Hansen from

1. Build a mantel 

Materials ($25):

2. Frame a wall

  • Get a visual by taping on your wall
  • Build out the frame
  • Secure the frame to studs, then secure both frames together
  • Materials ($160) + Fireplace ($499)


    • Fireplace insert 50.5"
    • Mantel 60"
    • Wall 75" wide x 8" tall x 8 deep 

    3. Sheetrock the wall

    Prime the sheetrock first.

    Materials ($20)

    4. Install stone on the wall

    • Lay rock on tarpfigure out the pattern. Mix different colors so it looks natural.
    • Rent a wet tile saw (about $60 per day)
    • Let dry for 24 hours
    • Hang TV, Secure the fireplace

    Materials ($600):

    Total: $1,314 and one weekend!

    What are you waiting for? Start your project today! :)

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