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How to use moulding to extend your fireplace

You might remember that we are participating in the One Room Challenge and are focusing on making over our front room.

Week 1: The Plan

Week 2: Painting and Large Furniture

See the full room reveal + budget breakdown here!

It’s the first thing people see when they come in. We removed some walls to open the space up in September, but we still had a big plain wall above the fireplace.

A lot of people put a TV above the fireplace, but we’re leaving this room TV free. So we needed to do something.

We wanted to make the room look more regal, and truly formal since this is our “formal living room”, so we decided to extend our fireplace to the ceiling.

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How to use moulding to extend your fireplace to the ceiling

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

This project was actually fairly simple, but took a little time. All it is is crown moulding and paint. Simple as that to make this look like a grand fireplace.

We started by measuring the the width of the fireplace and cutting a 1×6 piece of wood to that length.

You don’t have to put up a board, but we wanted to have the crown pop out more three dimensionally.

Next, we added a piece of wall moulding to the bottom of the board using a brad nailer.

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted
How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

Next, we added two pieces of wall moulding vertically on the ends of the board to give the extension feel.

These were the easiest part of the project because they were flat cuts!

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

Finally came the thick crown moulding for the top. This part was hard. We’ve always heard that crown moulding is a b!tch to hang, and it was.

We read the instructions from my miter saw and watched YouTube videos. Everything says to cut the crown moulding at an angle and upside down.

Well, that didn’t work for us because the moulding was too thick and the blade wouldn’t go all the way down. Sigh.

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

So, after much frustration, we decided to just try lying the crown moulding flat on the saw and making a compound cut plain and simple.

That means cutting with a bevel and a miter, to create two angles at the same time.

Holy crap, it worked. We were flabbergasted. I don’t know if this would work every time, but for my saw, it worked great.

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

We hung the main piece and then cut the small pieces to go on the sides and hung those to make the crown at the top.

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted
How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

Once everything was hung, we used caulk to fill in all the seams between each piece.

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted
How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

The last step was paint. We were using semi-gloss trim paint, which took a lot of coats.

We did a fresh coat on the pre-existing fireplace mantle, two coats on the pre-primed new moulding we hung, and FIVE coats on the wall in the middle.

That stuff just doesn’t cover well, but it looks great after.

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

The room looks so nice and regal now! I can’t wait to get a huge canvas hanging up there.

Love this project? Check out our list of TONS of DIY fireplace makeover ideas!

How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted
How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted
How to use moulding to extend your fireplace - Charleston Crafted

That was our big update for the One Room Challenge for this week, but we have lots in store for the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned.

 
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    Vanessa

    Wednesday 5th of May 2021

    So, I know this is five years ago know, but I found your pics when shopping for a fireplace mantel surround. Did you buy your surround from somewhere (where, what model?) and install or did you build it from scratch? It is exactly what I am looking for. I also like what you did with the moulding above as well. I'm thinking of doing something like that or shiplap.

    Morgan

    Thursday 6th of May 2021

    Thanks Vanessa! If you mean the lower fireplace molding part, that was original to our house so we didn't buy it!

    Jenifer

    Saturday 3rd of October 2020

    Lovely! I love the paint color on the walls as well. Can you tell us what color it is?

    Morgan

    Sunday 4th of October 2020

    Online by Sherwin Williams :)

    Ivory

    Monday 11th of May 2020

    fabulous, fabulous, and I gotta have this. I love it!

    Kathleen Citron

    Wednesday 6th of May 2020

    This looks fabulous! I want to do something similar in our family room. I am curious if you eventually added crown molding all around this room? We already have crown molding and I am trying to figure out how to tie in to the ‘accent area’ (the area of crown that you added that stands out a bit).

    Morgan

    Wednesday 6th of May 2020

    Hey Kathleen, yes we did actually add crown molding around the entire room later on. Basically, when we tied into the accent we used the ol' "do your best and caulk the rest" motto. Since the molding wasn't the same size, we did our best to trace the rough shape of where the smaller molding would tie into the bigger accent piece and then used caulk to hide the imperfections. It really look seamless and worked perfectly.

    merrybe

    Sunday 4th of November 2018

    I wonder whether you primed the wall and moulding before you applied the semi-gloss paint? I didn't see that process in your instructions.

    Sean

    Monday 5th of November 2018

    No, we did not prime.