Published on January 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


FrankenIKEA Fireplace Surround

Materials: Lack Shelf, Lack Flooring, Akirum Cabinet, Rubrik Panel, Nexus Door, Ikea Wall Sconce

Description: When we bought this condo, it had a builder installed fireplace in a simple drywall box with niche opening on the left side. The only trim was the slate surround. It was bare and ugly. So, I did the following:

1) Furred out the wall for wiring.
2) Installed Lack birch click lock flooring over the furring on all of the vertical surfaces. The trim is a combination of Lack quarter round and under cabinet moulding.
3) Installed an Akurum base cabinet inside the nich to the left of the fireplace. The Nexus birch door matched the cabinets in the adjacent kitchen.
4) Installed a Akurum Rubrik tall end panel in stainless steel as the top to the fireplace box. It was just the right size – no cutting involved.
5) Installed a Lack birch shelf above the fireplace box. This was the same length as the Rubrik tall cabinet. Again, no cutting.
6)Installed two IKEA wall sconces high up on the wall on a dimmer.
7) Lastly, I installed a wall mount for the TV and wired it up.
We are the only people in the complex with a custom surround and it receives compliments from friends and neighbors. No one can believe it all came from IKEA. Total cost was around $200 – 250.

~ Darcy Garneau, Seattle, WA

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8 Responses to FrankenIKEA Fireplace Surround

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice execution! You’ve managed to choose the components with the same wood tones and the effect is sleek (asymetry of the sconces aside…)

    You’re going to get cords anywhere there are electronics so that is a given. However, I might suggest you get rid of the knicknacks as they make the wall busy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It looks really nice but it’s a shame that any cables can be seen.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen a thousand of these boring drywall fireplace surrounds in my construction job. This looks freaking fantastic! Nice work!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just a quick correction: the flooring is called Tundra, not Lack, and the cabinet frame is Akurum.

  5. majeral says:

    great re-sale vlaue. nice job

  6. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea of this very much. I still feel as though it really would have been spectacular if the right side were symmetrical to the left. The wall sconces aren’t center as well. Still, for a first try I applaud the effort. Perhaps when a bigger TV comes in! ;)

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think this could be just too much wood near heat. Ohterwise it is a well-crafted and beautiful solution.

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