- 2 Pine boards , 16' - 2"x12" (cut list to follow on diagram)
- 1 Cement board
- 4 Metal corner bead , 1 1/4" x 8'
- 1 Primed mdf board (for baseboard) , 8' - 1" x 6"
- 1 Primed mdf board (for trim on top of fireplace) , 8' - 1" x 2"
Hardware & Supplies
- 1 Box of 2 1/2" Kreg pocket hole screws (see tool list)
- 1 Wood glue
- 1 Box of cement board screws
- 1 Premixed bucket of mortar
- 1 Sanding block 120 grit
- 1 Box of 2" brad nails
Rip pine boards
Start by ripping the pine boards into 2 1/2” boards. (All boards should be 1 1/2” x 2 1/2”)
See diagram for cut list.
Cut each board to length using the framing diagram provided.
Drill pocket holes
Drill all of the pocket holes and assemble the frame per the diagram description.
Attach frame to wall
Attach the frame to the wall. Be sure to attach it directly to studs or use the proper anchors to attach it safely.
Wrap frame with cement board
Begin wrapping the whole frame with cement board. Be sure to install the metal corner bead on the corners after all of the cement board is installed. This will ensure nice, clean lines all around the edge of your fireplace.
Now it’s time to skim coat the fireplace using pre-mixed mortar and a trowel. I did 3 coats total and I let each coat dry at least 12 hours before applying the next.
Once dry, knock down any super rough patches or blemishes in the mortar using the 120 grit sanding block.
Use the 1”x6” mdf board to install a baseboard on the bottom of the fireplace using the nail gun and 2” brad nails. Be sure to caulk along the edges.
Install top molding
Use the 1”x2” mdf board to install the molding on the top of the fireplace. Be sure to caulk along the edges again.
Time to paint & decorate!