How to Make a Picket Fence Fireplace Cover

Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Add some whimsy to your home with this simple picket fence fireplace cover. It’s made from wood slats that you can make yourself or buy already cut into pickets. Add some hinges and paint and you can decorate it in a variety of ways for any season. You can buy one ready made but this one only cost us $16 to make. For a full fireplace makeover we also repainted our mantle to match.   Want more fireplace makeover ideas? Check out our post on How to Paint a Fireplace. It’s amazing!

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Fireplace Cover Supplies

You can purchase pre-cut picket fence pieces but they are a bit thick so we split 1″x3″s and shaped them ourselves.

  • Pre-shaped wood slats (or 1″x3″  split in the middle and shaped)
  • 2 Sets Hinges
  • Paint

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Basic Instructions

This is our fireplace and hearth before the makeover.

Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Measure the width and height you want your fence. Make sure to allow for the hinged part that folds on each end.

Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

You can buy the picket fence slats ready made and then cut them down to size or you can split your own which is what we did. Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

We created a pattern for the ends, cut one slat then used it as a pattern for the rest. Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Cutting the pointed ends.Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Sanding. Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Piecing together to get ready for the back braces.Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Cutting the back bracing pieces.Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

We decided to use wood glue on the braces before nailing them on.  Keep the glue very thin so it does not seep through the slat which ours did in places.  In retrospect we should have also placed our slats a little farther apart. Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

We had a stapler that worked to insert brads to hold the bracing pieces in place.Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

The hinges for the end pieces. Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Coat of white paint. Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

All done!Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

We hung a wire decor item on the front. As you can tell we also painted our mantle! Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20Add some whimsy to your home with this easy DIY picket fence fireplace cover. Made with wood slats and some hinges you can decorate it for any season. blank630x20

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Hi Nancy and thank you so much for leaving me a sweet comment on my latest blog post. I tried to reply directly to your comment but you came up as a non reply blogger. That picket fence is a genius idea!!! Super cute! Christine from Little Brags

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