Christmas is knocking on the door, but you do not have a fireplace in your living room. Too bad … What is a famous Advent evening without a fireplace console where the Christmas socks are hung? Do not be sad anymore! We have the solution to your problem. This article is a full guide to building a fireplace console at home. The console has no connection, so you can not burn logs. In its place you can light fragrant candles that fill the whole room with a nice fragrance. Imagine the romantic evenings, Christmas can come!
Necessary materials for the construction of a chimney console
- 9 boards (1.9 mm)
- 8 metal angles (small)
- 32 screws
- wood glue
- 2 screw clamps (large)
- Cordless Screwdriver
- Paint and brush
Step by step: How can you build a fireplace surround yourself?
The chimney console, whose construction is explained, is one panel construction , which can be built up and then dismantled. How to build your fireplace surround:
In the hardware store you can desired boards and buy moldings. Look for solid glued-wood panel spruce with a thickness of 1.9 mm. Our advice is that you have the wood panels cut there. At home, sand the boards with sandpaper.
First you should build the legs of the console. Take 2 of the longest boards and place them at right angles to each other. Glue the wooden boards and insure with the big screw clamps. After 15 to 20 minutes everything is dried.
The legs- construction needs more stability. That’s why you screw a metal bracket to the boards. For the 3rd side of the leg – glue the other board on, insure with the help of the screw clamps and screw on an angle. The steps for the construction of the other leg of the chimney console look similar.
Second, you should build your feet. The foot is built from the small boards that cut from the wood panels remain. Glue the pieces together, fix with screw clamps and screw on an angle. You glue this small construction to the foot and fix it with screw clamps. Similarly, the steps for the construction of other skirting of the legs look like.
The front panel is made of some boards. Depending on the height of the legs, choose 5 or 6 boards and stick the pieces together in parallel. Fix the building with the help of the screw clamps and wait for the drying.
Now you can glue the front panel with your legs. To ensure the stability of the chimney console screw with 2 metal angles per leg. Be careful not to make the design skew.
In order to complete the construction of your fireplace surround, you should place the support surface of the console on the construction and glue it with wood glue. You will decorate the chimney console later, so you should assure the stability of the construction with metal angles.
If everything is tight, you can start decorating your fireplace console with the moldings. Design the wooden strips around the transition of the shelf to the legs of the fireplace surround. First, however, you should bring the strips by sawing to a certain level. Then they are glued on the chimney console.
They are almost done. Now comes the cheap part of building-painting. Let your imagination run wild and paint. You can choose from many techniques like shabby chic or vintage look. In our example, we preferred the white color to paint the chimney console.
Congratulations on completing the construction of your fireplace console! Now you are ready for Christmas. For Christmas you can decorate your new fireplace surround with wooden blocks, pine cones, garlands, candles, Christmas figures. To get the desired effect from the fire, fill the fireplace with wood or light candles inside. If you want a real log fire atmosphere, hang a small TV screen indoors and run a fire clip.