DIY Planked Mantle and White brick fireplace

I am in love with every single bit of this brick fireplace and mantle! Once again I have redone my fireplace and this, my friends is my favorite so far! I have always struggled a bit with my fireplace and now I can show it with pride!

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This is what my fireplace and mantel looked like before. I had white washed it and I liked how it turned out at the time, but as time went on I was still not in love with it. Since the fireplace was such a big part of my living room I really wanted to lighten it up. After going back and forth for a while I finally decided that in order in really lighten it up I need to just paint the whole thing white. I always wanted to add a little more texture and this is where the fun part came in. I did not want to break the bank or damage the wall too bad. With those things in mind I headed to my second home, Home Depot.



This is what I came up with:

I decided to use 3M Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape


and this Underlayment


Which I had a good man at Home Depot cut for me in 6inch by 81 inch strips. I love that they are so helpful!

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I put a bit of the mounting tape on before ends and one piece in the middle and I started to attach them to wall stacking one on top of the other. I used a nickel in between each plank to make sure they were evenly spaced.

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After all the underlayment was attached the wall I painted the edges before adding the trim pieces, only because I was to excited to see how it would look painted. I used a clean looking trim piece and I did mitered corners to make the trim look more professional. Mitered corners can be hard but there are a ton of different tutorials and YouTube videos out there to help make it easier, but I think there are worth the time and effort.

I did use a nail gun to tack down the trim piece and that also helped hold the underlayment in place as well. But I only used a few nails because like I said I was trying my best to avoid a ton of different nail holes on the wall. These small nail holes are really easy to fill if I decide to remove the planks down the road.



After all the wood working stuff was done I painted the fireplace and mantel with Swiss Coffee by Behr Paint. This is the perfect creamy white.

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You can see here that, using a nickel to space out the wood planks. Its nice because you are sure to see the space between each piece, even after they’re painted.


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I got this cute deer head from White Faux Taxidermy.  Mallory has the same one and you can see how she cute hers is in her Living Room Reveal.




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I am head over heels in LOVE with my fireplace now! What are your thoughts? Do you love of hate the white?!

I would love to get some feedback. Love you all!

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    Kristin @ The Gold Project
    October 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Beautiful job! I absolutely love this. It added so much to your fireplace. Now, I am thinking something like this would look great at my house too. 😉

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    October 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I LOVE it! You have definitely transformed the fireplace! 🙂

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    October 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Love love love love love!! It almost feels as though you brought the outside, in. Very homey! And lots of great texture going on.

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    Lolly Jane
    October 17, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Gorgeous. Invite us over to see it in person!

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    heather @french press
    October 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    absolutely STUNNING! now I just need a fireplace

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    Virginia Fynes
    October 18, 2014 at 7:22 am

    What an awesome transformation!!! LOVE it!

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    October 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Fabulous! I LOVE how it looks – beautiful.

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    October 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    OMG this mantle is perfection!! I love it!

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    rebecca lopez
    November 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    It turned out so great! xoxoxo I love how it looks!

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    Colorful Living Room with Amazing Rug
    January 8, 2015 at 5:03 am

    […] Would you believe me if I said that I redid my mantel using mounting tape? If you want to see details about my mantel redo check out this post HERE. […]

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    Light and Bright Kitchen and Living Room Update
    April 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

    […] The picture above is what my fireplace and my tv area looked like a little while back. Paint can do the most amazing thing. I lightened up the walls in my living room and it totally change the look in the room. I wish I knew what color I used but I mixed paint colors that I already had and made my own color.  After that  I used 3M mounting tape to redo my fireplace and it really dressed up the fireplace.  Another change is that I hung two lights that I found at Great American Furniture Warehouse above my TV. I love that it finished off the look of my living room. Check out my fireplace mantel redo HERE […]

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    Paul Philips
    June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    This is great. Wonderful job you have done. Keep it up.

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    Steven Brosius
    September 24, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Hi, your white brick fireplace looks awesome. Nice idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    Andrew Mendel
    May 31, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I am a huge fan of the white fireplace. Thanks for putting this together, you really covered everything!

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