Hey Friends! Today I am SO excited to share my DIY board and batten fireplace with you all, along with ALL my caulking tips and tricks! So whether you want to learn how to caulk, or how to build a board and batten fireplace you’re in the right place! Before I get into how I did this project, I’ll start with a good “before” and “after”.
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Pretty impressive huh? What was a blank wall with an outlet is now a beautiful electric fireplace with a mantel and gorgeous DIY board and batten fireplace treatment. Let me walk you through how I did it.
How to Install an Electric Fireplace:
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- Cut opening in drywall using a utility knife. (At this point we also removed a small portion of a non-load bearing 2″x4″)
- Measure where fireplace insert will be installed. We used this electric fireplace insert.
- Build electric fireplace stand and supports for plywood surround. We wanted our surround to sit 2″ away from drywall, which meant we used 2×4″s with strips of 1/2″ plywood on top of them.
- Cut opening in 1/2″ plywood using jigsaw and mount on supports. I had my plywood square cut to the proper size at the Hardware store. I used 1″x2.5″ select wood pieces for the sides which I made sure were flush with this piece of plywood.
- Cut arched opening in second piece of plywood using jigsaw. This piece is 2″ wider than the piece beneath it to cover the side supports. Install using trim nailer.
- Install battens using trim nailer.
- Caulk all edges, seams, and battens with GE Max Shield Painter’s Sealant. (see caulking tips below)
- Take time to smile because you’re ALMOST done!
- Paint entire project with mini roller!
As I mentioned in step 6, caulking is the step that hides every seam and makes the project look professionally finished. It’s also what keeps the battens from having gaps where they meet the wall. Thanks to Max Shield Painter’s Sealant this step was super simple.
Caulking Tips and Tricks:
- Gather all supplies: Max Shield Painter’s Sealant, Caulk Gun, Tooling squeegee, Cup of Water, Paper Towels and gloves.
- Cut tip off of Sealant Cartridge
- Poke hole in Sealant Cartridge and wipe off metal poker
- Press metal release, then push down plunger. Then release and begin using trigger handle.
- Gently hold trigger to release a light line of caulk along seams. Anytime you need to stop press metal release to release pressure.
- Within 3-5 minutes get ready to clean up excess sealant by dipping your tooling squeegee into water
- Use 90 degree corner held at an angle to remove excess sealant.
- Wipe excess caulk on paper towel anytime tool becomes full.
I absolutely LOVE Max Shield Painter’s Sealant for a few reasons:
- It’s paintable in as little as 30 minutes!
- Max Shield sealant can span up to 2-inch gaps with over 600% stretch and 25% joint movement
- It adheres to just about any construction material!
Within 30 minutes I was able to start painting all the plywood! The sealant blended flawlessly into the drywall, battens, and plywood and made it look like I was an expert carpenter! (The secret can stay between you and me that Max Shield Painter’s Sealant is the key to my success!)
I’m pretty obsessed with it! I’m also really obsessed with having a fireplace in our bedroom. Now the big debate is whether we’re going to hang art up here or install a TV! To see all the other details and sources from our bedroom head to this post! To learn how we added stone to this fireplace later head to this post.
Thank you so much for reading and following along! I hope that I’ve encouraged you to tackle a new DIY in your home! Whether it’s installing an electric fireplace, or just having the confidence to use a caulk gun!
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