I have been wanting to share my fireplace makeover with everyone. I needed to, not only dress up our fireplace, but I needed a place to hang our stockings. So as you probably already noticed, I have a wood burning stove. Not a typical fireplace. I really love my wood burning stove and wouldn't trade it for the world. If you have owned a wood burning stove before you know how amazing it is. It keeps us so warm in the winter months and to hear the crackling of a real fire echoing inside is so soothing. The sound is equivalent to the feeling you get listening to rain fall on a tin roof.
So because this gets extremely hot I made sure that it was set far enough from the wall.
So all I got was pre primed wood and I cut everything to size.
I used a floating shelf technique. This piece I built hollow, as you can see.
Do you see the wooden brace on the wall. I screwed it directly into the studs in the wall so that it was very sturdy. Then screwed the hollowed out shelf right into the stud.
I finished it off by framing the tiled area with other pieces of wood. I wanted to give it a tiered look to add dimension.