Faux Fireplace Ideas and Projects

It’s pretty common for small homes to be lacking a fireplace. Space is always an issue for builders, and it’s a real shame because a fireplace adds more architectural interest to a home than almost any other feature. It’s also pretty expensive to add an aftermarket fireplace, although there are electric and non venting options out there. And, let’s not forget, some people love the look of a fireplace, but don’t want to deal with the mess, expense or the trouble of a real fireplace. (Me? Nope… I would take a fireplace right now, no questions asked…) So we have a solution! Use these DIY faux fireplace ideas and projects to create a fireplace feel instead! These projects are easy to follow tutorials and ideas that can transform your room. Steve and I are taking on this challenge and creating our own version of a faux fireplace and mantel this fall. (Yeah, I got gypped out of a fireplace too…Have you caught that? :)) Watch for it! In the meantime, create your own! Come the holidays, (and every cold or snowy evening in between) you will be glad you took the time for this DIY project! Photo by ‘Matsutake‘.




Our first project below, is a DIY faux fireplace tutorial by Holly at ‘HeartbreakKids’. What I love about this is that she made it with upcycled materials from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore… Amazing job Holly!



Another great DIY project from the plans at ‘Ana White’, this faux fireplace/entertainment center was created by one of her readers for less than $200. Wow! You can find the plans here.

Faux Fireplace Ideas and Projects


‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ made a DIY faux fireplace and mantel for their bedroom. What a concept, huh? 🙂 Made from inexpensive MDF and scrap, they list step by step instructions and photos.



Ok, this next project isn’t a faux fireplace. This fireplace is very much the real deal. However, it is no longer usable, and they were trying to come up with a solution for the big empty hole. This solution, my DIY’ing friends, could very well be perfect for your faux fireplace project! Why? Because sometimes it can be tough to burn candles in a faux fireplace, either because of design or circumstance. (My fancy way of saying the dogs and the kids will burn the house down if you light candles…) This log fireplace facade from ‘Pepper Design’  (which made it onto ‘This Old House’, BTW…) could be just the solution. I know Kristen from ‘The Hunted’ did a similar project for her fireplace that I have been lusting after for awhile now… So here are both, different versions…first, the DIY log facade by ‘Pepper Design’…



And now the stacked log tutorial by ‘The Hunted’…



From ‘Emerald Cove Jewelry’, this DIY faux fireplace is simple, takes little space and only cost her $30 to make! I love the coastal feel!



‘Apartment Therapy’ has a faux fireplace tutorial for us that was made from an old mirror…



Ok, now that you have all the techniques down from all those great tutorials, I am including a few more that are just inspirational… Use them to create your own version of a DIY faux fireplace!

From ‘Dreamy Whites‘ (they have the MOST amazing photos, such a romantic space!) this faux fireplace is made more amazing by the accessories she chose… there is a lesson here!



From ‘The Wedding Chicks‘…



Finally, this pallet faux fireplace we found on Pinterest… It looks like it links back to Amazon, so I suspect it’s in a book about pallet furniture… Anyone know? I would love to link to the directions for this for you! Anyone already have a faux fireplace? Tell us about it in comments, and be sure to also share your DIY faux fireplace adventures!


Image Credits: Matsutake, Ana White, Pursuit of Happiness, Pepper Design, The Hunted, Emerald Cove, Apartment Therapy, Dreamy Whites, Wedding Chicks, Pinterest


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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Tyna
    November 16, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    I want to make the faux pallet fireplace where do I find the directions and measurements ? Please help

  2. September 18, 2014 / 8:34 am

    Thank you so much for including me in your roundup!

    • Kathy Woodard
      September 23, 2014 / 8:20 am

      Thx for such a great project Morgan!

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