With fireplace season not going anywhere anytime soon, I thought it would be a great idea to go over the most asked questions I get about my fireplace build.


You may have seen my DIY shiplap electric fireplace on Instagram, Pinterest or here on my website! This fireplace is still one of my favorite builds I have ever done.

Hundreds of other people have also loved my fireplace so much that they have purchased my fireplace frame plans and built their own. With that there comes questions, and today I have outlined the most asked questions I receive in my email and DMs on Instagram!

Finished fireplace around fall time.


DIY Shiplap Electric Fireplace Most Asked Questions

Down below are some questions I get asked often. If you don’t see your question you can take a look at a few other post that might have your answers!

If you are still lost and need help please reach out to me on Instagram or email me at [email protected].

1. What Sherwin Williams Paint Color Is Your Fireplace?

This is probably the number one question I get asked! What color did you paint your fireplace and what paint can did you buy from Sherwin Williams? The color I used is called Peppercorn, and I have used it in our last two homes in many areas! The type of paint I got was Cashmere in the finish Low Lustre.

2. What Type Of Wood Did You Use For The Hearth?

In my original post I never documented what piece of wood I used for the hearth. It was until recently I went to Lowe’s to find the piece I bought. Now, you can add just about anything to the top of your hearth. You could custom make something with kreg screws or you could glue something up.

I chose to go the cheaper route and bought a paint grade panel that was pretty close to the size I needed. I ended up getting the 1x16x8 paint grade panel. Down below I have added a picture of a similar one that I saw at Lowe’s.

They didn’t have the exact size I needed so I chose one that was just slightly bigger. Then took it home and trimmed it down with our table saw!

3. What Fireplace Insert Did You Use?

For the insert I chose to go with the brand Touchstone Home Products. I chose their Sideline series in the size 50″. Still almost 3 years later I love our fireplace insert and standby this brand over one on Amazon for a cheaper price.

I love the look, and the heat when we use it has never let us down! Their instructions that come with the fireplace insert and online are so detailed. Shipping was super fast and their customer service is amazing if you have any questions.

4. Where Did You Get Your Mantel?

Building a mantel is actually super simple, and that’s just what I did for the fireplace! The mantel is actually just a giant floating shelf, that slides onto a 2×4 support piece. I made a very detailed tutorial that you can read HERE.

I chose to build one versus buying one because, you can customize the length and width to your needs. Funny story, this is actually my second mantel I built for this fireplace. The first one was to skinny and I couldn’t decorate it like I wanted to at Christmas time, so I build a wider one!

Fireplace decorated for Christmas.

5. What Color Stain Did You Use?

I always get asked what stain did you use for the mantel and the hearth seat?!

I didn’t just use one stain, I actually use a combination of two seperate stains and layer them in a very careful way! Using the colors Briarsmoke and Early American I have created the perfect stain color that matches our flooring almost exactly.

You can read the full tutorial here at: How To Stain Wood: My Special Stain Combo.

Staining the mantel.

6. Do You Sell Plans On How To Build The Frame?

Yes! When I built this fireplace I kept getting questions on how to construct the frame from start to finish. So I figured out how to use Sketchup and made a 3D rendering in a step-by-step printable PDF for anyone to purchase!

Our plans include detailed instructions and diagrams, so you can be sure that your fireplace will turn out perfect. We also provide a list of all the materials you’ll need, so you can get started right away.

I keep the plans at a really low price because, I want everyone to have access to them so they to can build a fireplace for their home! The plans are a fraction of the cost that it would take to hire a contractor to build a this exact fireplace.

Fireplace frame plans.

There you have it! If you have anymore questions feel free to email me at [email protected].

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