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DIY Fireplace Feature Wall on a Budget

Hello! We are Jon and Wendy Cooley, DIYers who love taking on new projects! We enjoy coming up with ideas and creating one-of-a-kind, rustic-modern spaces. We try to utilize reclaimed materials for as many projects as possible, as well as repurpose anything we can.

We recently purchased a 1943 bungalow and did an extensive remodel. We removed a wall, which included a buried chimney, and built a fireplace feature wall that incorporates a cedar plank tongue-and-groove surround, a 100-year-old salty fir mantel, and an eco-friendly ethanol-burning fireplace. I submitted our project to Better Homes and Gardens, and we were photographed and featured in November’s issue in the “I Did It” section!

We were able to build this fireplace wall on a budget by using excess reclaimed wood from Jon’s work projects, and because we built it ourselves, there were no labor costs! The cost of this project was about $600, which includes the ethanol fireplace insert ($400 from Ignis) and the 2-x-4 and plywood frame construction ($200).

We truly love the space and how it turned out! Get the free fireplace wall plan here.

We decided that we would try a blog to showcase our projects and pictures. Feel free to visit us at Cooley Style!




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