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How to Build an Electric Fireplace DIY

Several years ago, I purchased this pre-made electric fireplace for the basement.

The basement does not have a heating system, and since we aren’t down there much, an electric fireplace was a great solution.

It heats the room well, adds ambiance, and cozied up an otherwise cold basement.

As much as we love the look of the electric fireplace, we’ve always wanted to build a more permanent aesthetic that would add value to our home.

So we decided to renovate the basement with a new fireplace surround.

Wait until you see how we upgraded a pre-made electric fireplace to a custom-made fireplace!

electric fireplace wall
Before we dismantled the pre-made electric fireplace. There is another bookshelf to flank the other side but it was falling apart so we ditched it.

About Slate-ish

In my search for different products to use on the new fireplace surround, I found this AWESOME product to use on the fireplace that you have to check out!



Slate-ish is made in America from scrap paper-composite materials. These solid core laminates are made from layers of paper and resin, which are heated and pressed.



It comes in 20 different colors, as well as peel and stick or loose pieces.



For this project, we are using the loose pieces in Graphite 2.0.

Each piece of Slate-ish looks unique.

Supplies Needed to Build This Electric Fireplace DIY

  • Electric Fireplace Insert (Ours is 20”x30”)
  • (12) 2×4’s
  • 8D Nails
  • (3) Sheets of Sheetrock
  • 1.25” Drywall Screws
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Screwdriver
  • Power Drill
  • Chopsaw
  • Oscillating Saw
  • Cats Paw
  • Mantel of your choosing

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