Amazing DIY Fireplace and Built-Ins


Have you had enough talk about built-ins?   I hope you are ready for more, because I have an INCREDIBLE guest post for you that is full of built-in goodness!  Check out the before and after pics:

Fireplace Wall Before

As you well know, I can’t get enough of built-in furniture–whether it’s shelves, beds, seating, or anything else!  I love the efficiency of built-ins, and I really love the character and presence that they add to a home.  It’s a sure-fire way to transform a house from builder basic to high-end custom.  Here are a few of my favorite built-in projects from around the web.

Infarrantly Creative craft room

Craft room cabinetry from Infarrantly Creative

Centsational Girl window seat

Window seat from Centsational Girl 

Sawdust Girl master closet

Master closet shelving from Sawdust Girl

Thrifty Decor Chick library bookcases

Library bookcases from Thrifty Decor Chick

Coordinately Yours closet built ins

Closet converted to mudroom from Coordinately Yours

It’s official:  beautiful built-ins really do make my heart go pitter-patter!  I’m excited to show you the built-ins DIY-ed by today’s guest blogger.  All the examples I just showed you were white, but our guest blogger let the gorgeous wood tones show through, and I love the warmth it adds to her room.  Take a look!

Submitted by:  Ramblings from the Burbs

Hi!  I’m Becky, a spray paint aficionado, pneumatic tool enthusiast, and designer/photographer wannabe.  I’m delighted to share our big DIY project with you, today.


We starting with some horrible 70’s wood paneling about 3 years ago….

snd decided one evening that it was finally time for it to go….


But we had a plan to install a fireplace…

(and DIY every bit of it)

The framing, fireplace, and drywall went up relatively quickly… 

but finishing it and the built-ins where a drawn out process over the last 3 years (thanks to numerous other projects and the birth of two kids).

We built some plywood cabinet carcasses and put stone veneer on the fireplace…

and installed maple face frames…

and because I had to make this truly difficult a beaded frame detail…

then trimmed out the mantel and cabinets with crown molding…

and built some inset doors…


and drawers…

and added hardware.

and after a long sanding and finishing process we are FINALLY done!!! I thought it would never end but we’ve decided this box was officially checked on our never ending to do list. Here are some shots of the long awaited results.




Here’s some info on the products and materials that we used:

Gas Fireplace – Kozy Heat Fireplace® Theif River Falls Model
Stone Veneer – Cultured Stone® Country Ledgestone
Cabinet Boxes – 3/4″ Birch Plywood
Cabinet Face Frame/Trim – Maple Hardwood
Cabinet Door Frame – Maple Hardwood
Cabinet Door Panel – 1/4″ Maple Plywood
Wood Stain – General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain in Shaker Maple
Wood Finish – General Finishes PolyAcrylic Water Base Top Coat
Door Pulls – Cosmas Oil Rubbed Bronze Handle Pull 
Drawer Pulls – Cosmas Oil Rubbed Bronze Bin Cup Drawer Handle Pull
The biggest investment was the gas fireplace. We were able to find the stone veneer on Craigslist for a steal. We also got a deal on the maple hardwood by utilizing short cutoff boards from a local woodworking fabrication and supply shop. The price of the hardwood averaged less than $1/board foot.

Gorgeous!  Thanks so much for sharing your project with us, Becky!
I’ve got more built-in eye candy waiting for you.  Click on over to my Pinterest board, “Built In Furniture”.

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    • says

      Thanks Crystal! I’m so glad it turned out as we imagined it would, I had my moments when I wasn’t all that confident it would go as planned.

  1. Kelley E says

    I’m loving everything about this family room project! We are doing something similar but the gas fireplaces seem so expensive. How did you shop around for yours? Any tips? Also, do you know the brand of the stone veneer? Thanks!!

  2. Kassie Siple says

    Love the built ins. We are getting ready to tackle our first built ins. Any tips? Was there some place you got ideas from or did you just go for it all on your own?

  3. says

    I love that you completely DIY’d this! I’m getting ready do do a gas fireplace, and I was wondering if you ran your own gas line, or had someone to this for you? I don’t have a gas line to the house, so I’m just going to use a propane tank outside. I have a crawlspace under the house to run the line, so I don’t anticipate any problems, but I was curious as to your experience.

    Thanks for your time & expertise, you did a great job!

    • Cass says

      Hi emily! This post is from one of our fabulous guests, so you may need to click over to her blog (linked up toward the top of the post) and ask your question there. Becky is wonderful and I’m sure she’ll be happy to share her experience with you (I’m just not sure if she is following the comments here still). Thanks for reading!

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