DIY Movable Fireplace • A Subtle Revelry

DIY Movable Fireplace

One of the trials of renting is feeling like your house doesn’t measure up to what you’d like it to architecturally. Not having a fireplace or mantel this time of year can be a huge bummer if you’d like one. Until now! Make this DIY fireplace for your winter month coziness and pack it up right along with you at moving time next year.

Make this movable fireplace by using; firewood, an electric fireplace, 1 3 x 5 sheet of 1/2 inch Hardieboard and 6 concrete screws. You will also need a utility knife, a drill, measuring tape, and a straight edge to put it together.

My fireplace does emit very low levels of heat, but some do not.  To protect the fireplace and the wood from any heat, create a box around the fireplace with the hardieboard first. It is flame retardant. Typically you cut the hardieboard with a circular saw and a masonry blade, but in an effort to keep it simple, you can cut yours by scoring it with a utility knife. It is a little more time consuming, but easier nonetheless. Cut three pieces of the boards and screw them together with concrete screws. Then simply stack all the wood around the fireplace. Hang a shelf above for a mantel to fill with holiday decor.

Project by Kelly Edwards for A Subtle Revelry issue two.


  1. Katie

    15 November

    That is such a neat idea, I love it!

  2. Lena

    15 November

    So crazy about this idea!

  3. Gloria

    15 November

    This is amazing! I wish we had a fireplace to cozy up to in our apartment!

    • Victoria

      15 November

      Gloria, now you can! You’ll have to let me know how it goes:)

  4. Corrie Anne

    15 November

    That’s adorable!!

  5. Yelle

    15 November

    I totally know what you mean about renting, I am in the same place. But I have absolutely loved what you’ve done with your mantel!

  6. Ryan Hart

    19 November

    Cool idea. Have you considered adding a wooden base? This would bring everything off the carpet and add an extra level of detail to your design. It could be as simple as using a 2×4 and a piece of MDF. Then add a baseboard or trim to cover up the edges.

    • Victoria

      20 November

      Ryan, that’s a great idea. Even a concrete base wouldn’t be that hard to make and it would really bring the project into a solid piece of furniture:)

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