I love a fireplace with a nice big hearth. It seems that the trend today is to build a fireplace without one (maybe that’s due to cost?). Maybe I’m used to a builder grade home with a very simple fireplace hearth. Today I’m sharing Our New DIY Raised Electric Fireplace Hearth with Stone.
When I envisioned this space I knew I wanted a tone on tone wall with an electric fireplace. I didn’t want just a simple straight stone wall either. I wanted a hearth. Maybe not a big one that you can sit on, but at least something to add a little dimension to the space.
Let’s go back and look at this ‘DIY feature wall with built ins’ before the DIY electric fireplace hearth.
Our home doesn’t have a real fireplace so I thought this might be the best place to add one. First I needed to remove my DIY birch wood fireplace cover.
Once the old fireplace insert was gone I started creating the “base” of the fireplace hearth. Here are a few pictures.
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You can see the electric fireplace I purchased from Overstock is very slim and hangs on the wall. I looked and looked for a slim fireplace that would fit close to the dimensions of this space. That was hard to find! Unfortunately, I think this item is out of stock now.
We cut a small hole in the wall behind the fireplace to send the electric plug up the wall so it would plug in next to the TV.
FYI; I used scrap wood to create a very unfinished base, so don’t look too closely at my craftsmanship.
Building the raised electric fireplace hearth
Also know that this fireplace hearth isn’t intended to be “sat on,” even though you can sit on it, it’s more for looks.
The idea was to build a “box” around the electric fireplace and cover it with stone.
Can you see it coming together?
Once the box was built I decided to use AirStone in the color Birch Bluff. AirStone is a cool product that doesn’t require specialized tools like a wet saw or cement like normal stone would.
It comes with an adhesive that’s easy to use and you can cut the stone with a jig saw! I’m not going to go into too many details on how to apply it because I don’t feel qualified to do so. If you want more information on AirStone refer to their website.
ONE BIG THING TO NOTE: AirStone is not recommended to use on a horizontal space because it is not weight bearing. Because my “hearth” is only for looks and not to sit on, I did apply it on the horizontal surface.
I went back and forth with this decision and thought about other stones I could use on the top (tile, limestone and even wood). I ultimately decided that it would look more cohesive if it was the same stone all around the electric fireplace.
Before I used the adhesive to apply the stone with, I laid the stone out on most of the surface. I wanted to get an idea of how it would look and what pattern to use.
Once I was happy with the layout, I started to use the adhesive to adhere it to the surface.
I was excited with the way it was turning out!
Our new DIY raised electric fireplace hearth
I love how the light stone compliments the dark wall!
I love the soft glow from the floor lamps. It makes the space so cozy!
I love our new DIY raised hearth electric fireplace!
You know the best part about a new fireplace? Decorating it for Christmas! Stay tuned because I bet you’ll see some Christmas trees replace those floor lamps soon.
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