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DIY Electric Fireplace Wall

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What a way to start out the new year! By enjoying it sitting by our new fireplace. Our brand new DIY electric fireplace wall. My husband and my dad did an amazing job of making all my fireplace dreams come true.

DIY Electric Fireplace wall

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Electric Fireplace

We got an electric fireplace from Touchstone Home Products. They are a U.S. company based out of Exton, Pennsylvania. They specialize in high-quality electric fireplaces and tv lifts.

We decided on an electric fireplace because they are safer for our two boys but also cleaner and easier to use. Plus, we loved all the fun and colorful features that the fireplace had.

We chose the Sideline Elite 42″ Recessed Electric Fireplace. I wanted one that was slightly smaller than our tv but also big enough to heat our living room.

This fireplace was perfect for the built-in that we wanted in our living room. It also comes with a remote, crystals, and drift logs to make the fire look more realistic.

It has three heat options and after 8 hours of running it will shut off. So, no worrying about forgetting to turn it off.

DIY Electric Fireplace Wall

Just picture it, finally sitting down in your living room after a long day. Maybe to watch tv or read a book. A nice hot cup of coffee or tea in your hand, and curling up under a blanket in front of a nice warm fire.

I feel like a fireplace creates a certain mood or ambiance in a home. We wanted that feeling so we decided to build ours. I can’t wait to decorate it for the Holidays, (I missed this past one).

Supplies Needed


before fireplace

When we first moved into our home almost three years ago, we needed as much storage a possible, with having a boy and another one on the way at the time.

So, the cube organizer seemed like a great idea to hide toys and electric stuff for the tv. But as you can see in the picture above you could still see all the cords.


It was time for something different. So, we bought 2″ x 6″ x 8′ boards to use as studs to hold the fireplace. Depending on the fireplace you purchase make sure the dimensions are correct and you have enough space between the fireplace and wall or mantle.

We just needed to make sure that there was 8″ between the fireplace and mantel and 8″ between the fireplace and the floor.

We wanted shiplap, something sleek and pretty and to contrast with the dark wood beam. My husband and dad added shiplap far enough up to be able to install the fireplace.

Electric Fireplace

Next, they built a little shelf so our modem could have a place to sit. We decided to install the shiplap vertical in the little shelf to add a different element.


Luckily, we had wood boards left over from our last project to use as supports for the wood beam and the tv bracket.

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behind the tv

Next, they installed the wood beam. This beam we found from a local farm and my husband burnt it. I love the texture and color that it adds against the white shiplap. Because the beam was so heavy it needed extra support. They also glued it on and put some screws in so it won’t go anywhere.

We also found a way to hide the ugly cords that every electronic comes with. We needed an access panel to get to the plug that is behind the wall. So, this white plate that is actually used in plumbing worked perfectly and just cut out a small corner for the cords to get through.

This was such a great project to add a new element to our living room where we spend most of our time. Our DIY electric fireplace wall. Now I cannot wait to decorate the mantel, especially for the Holidays.

I hope you found something to inspire you with a DIY project of your own.

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