We all understand how great fireplaces are. But, just a fireplace in the wall is not in our human nature. When have we ever just accepted something for its purpose? We normally take it a step further and have fun with it. That’s our human nature.
How about a floating mantel around the fireplace? That would really dress things up a bit. But, let’s say we have to build the fireplace first. That’s where we begin.
Look around your home and find the one place where you could really use a good looking fireplace. You might already have on in the living room. So, where is a good place to put this one? Let’s say that you want one in the bedroom. I would have to agree with you. That’s a great place to put a fireplace with a floating mantel.
So, what you will want to do first is knock a hole in the wall. It’s fun. But before you get hysterical, there is a way to do it the right way. Drill a hole in each of the corners and cut from one corner to the other. Pull the drywall away from the wall and you have your hole for your fireplace.
Obviously if your room isn’t made of drywall, those steps are going to be a little more difficult. So, let’s just assume it is and move on with our installation procedures. The next thing you will want to do is install a firebox in the fireplace area you just made and then apply a faux finish to the wall that makes your room look like you have a traditional wood burning fireplace in your home. But, it’s a ventless fireplace and it is easier to maintain.
Faux finishes can include deep wood mahogany, brick, stone or just about anything you want. I like the stone finishes myself, so we’ll just stick with that. You can just do the finish around the fireplace area or you can run it up the wall. Make a hearth if you want and you add a whole new dimension to your bedroom fireplace.
The floating mantel is the next part and it’s a real easy step by step procedure. You’ll want to get yourself some materials. 10″ lag bolts, vent sleeves and silicone will work just fine. But, you’ll also need the mantel. You can use any designer mantel you can find. It’s just across the top though. It is raised a bit above the fireplace, which is why it’s called a floating mantel.
Mark the place for the mantel about 5′ from the floor. Make a straight line that is level and extends the length of the mantel. Make marks every 16″ across the mantel line and drill 3″ holes. Insert sleeves. Drive in the lag bolts. Once the lag bolts are in place, cut off the heads.
Drill holes in the mantel that correspond with the bolts in the wall, every 16″ the length of the mantel. Place the silicone on the ends of the bolts. Install the mantel. You can repeat these steps down the side of the fireplace for smaller shelves if you want. They will really dress up the place.
This is about the easiest and best looking fireplace installation you can try in one day. It goes in just in time to have a nice evening by fireplace. Clean up is easy and you’ll be ready to enjoy the same evening you started the project. Beats the installation of a traditional wood burning fireplace that might take a few weeks.