Reclaimed Wood Fireplace Durround

I'm sure there are many homeowners out there who will appreciate this feature showing ideas on how to clad a fireplace with reclaimed wood. There are more than a few dated and old fashioned fireplaces that could do with covering up, and why not make use of reclaimed wood.




I found this amazing idea on Kristi Murphy's blog and thought it would be a great project to share, especially if you are able to get your hands on reclaimed wood. Using reclaimed wood, whether pallets, reclaimed flooring, or even fencing, allows you to put this valuable commodity to good use at a fraction of what it would cost if you used other materials. There are now Woodcare products available at your local Builders Warehouse that can bleach, clean and restore wood - making it safer for use in the home.





The process of cladding a dated or old fashioned involves using PAR pine to construct a frame around the fireplace,  especially useful  if you have detailing that needs to be covered up. The PAR pine frame constructed around the existing fireplace allows you to attach cut sheets of BisonBord or OSB board and make it much easier to attach your reclaimed wood planks.



Kirsti allowed space for mounting a flat screen TV to the new fireplace surround, with all the cables and hardware hidden within the frame.



Both BisonBord and OSB boards are reasonably inexpensive and easy to cut and you will find these at your local Builders Warehouse or timber merchant. Using a framing method for building a fireplace surround also allows you - or anyone else - to remove and restore the fireplace at a later stage.





With the frame and BisonBord or OSB panels you can design a unique reclaimed wood fireplace surround that complements the style of your living space. Use Pattex No More Nails adhesive to mount your reclaimed wood planks onto the boards if you want a nail- or screw-free finish.



Apply a thick bead of adhesive to the back of the planks if you don't want to have to clamp. Pattex No More Nails adhesive has a fair amount of tack to hold the planks in place until the adhesive cures. To enhance the natural finish of a reclaimed wood fireplace surround, leave the wood planks untreated to show off the patina of age.



We put together a collection of images that offer a variety of styles and finishes for a reclaimed wood fireplace surround.




  • When sourcing reclaimed wood for your fireplace surround choose wood that is in reasonably good condition. Discard any planks that show signs of extensive wood rot. Woodoc Wood Reviver can be used to restore wood fibres.
  • If reclaimed wood has been left outdoors for a long time, maybe it was used for a hunting shack, check for signs of insect infestation such as woodworm.
  • Clean reclaimed wood with Woodoc Wood Reviver to remove mildew and mould, as well as water and rust stains.
  • It is important to remove any nails or steel fastenings in the wood before cutting or sanding. Hammer nails loose and use a pair of pliers to remove.
  • Sand reclaimed wood planks with 120-grit sandpaper to remove roughness and then with 180-grit sandpaper if you want a smooth finish. Use an orbital or random orbit sander, or sand with the grain if using a non-orbital sander.
  • Wear gloves when handling or working with reclaimed wood to protect your hands from splinters.