Last year I decided our living room fireplace needed a little refresh, a DIY fireplace coverboard! I originally designed this DIY fireplace screen during the summer since we weren’t using our brick fireplace during the warm summer months. I wanted something light and bright to cover the deep black hole that is our fireplace.

Our previous free-standing metal fireplace cover (which I didn’t really love) was gladly folded up and put away to clear the path for this new addition. Initially, the plan was to use this new screen during the summer and then switch back to our less attractive fireplace screen for the colder months. But I loved the look of this DIY screen so much that even three years later, it’s still proudly in place!

wallpaper covered fireplace cover screen on a white painted fireplace.

Why You’ll Love This DIY Fireplace Cover Board

  1. Instant Transformation: Elevate the look of your living room fireplace with a simple and elegant DIY solution.
  2. Cost-Effective: Compared to purchasing a new fireplace screen or fireplace doors, this project offers a budget-friendly way to update your fireplace’s appearance.
  3. Personalized Style: Choose from a wide range of peel-and-stick wallpaper designs to match your home decor and express your personal style.
  4. Easy Installation: The step-by-step tutorial makes the process easy to follow, even for beginners.
  5. Year-Round Appeal: Whether it’s summer or winter, the DIY fireplace cover board is versatile enough to enhance your fireplace’s aesthetics throughout the year.
  6. Minimal Supplies: With only a few basic supplies needed, this project won’t require extensive shopping or preparation.
  7. Time-Saving: Complete the project in a short amount of time and enjoy the immediate visual impact it brings to your space.
  8. Customizable: Adapt the project to fit various fireplace sizes and shapes, ensuring a snug and tailored fit.
  9. No Mess or Glue: Peel-and-stick wallpaper eliminates the need for messy glues and ensures a mess-free application process.
  10. Easy Maintenance: Cleaning is a breeze – simply wipe the peel-and-stick wallpaper with a damp cloth to keep it looking fresh.
  11. Enhanced Focal Point: Create a stylish focal point in your living room that draws attention and complements your overall decor.
  12. Flexible Design: If you decide to change your decor in the future, the peel-and-stick wallpaper can be easily removed without damaging surfaces.
  13. Customize Styling: Personalize the space around the gorgeous fireplace cover board with decorative items like mirrors, picture frames, or seasonal accents.
  14. Reader-Approved: Join the ranks of those who have successfully transformed their fireplaces with this DIY project that has stood the test of time.
  15. Unique Solution: Stand out with a fireplace cover board that’s unique to your home and not off-the-shelf like traditional fireplace screens.

This project offers both visual appeal and practical benefits, making it a rewarding and enjoyable DIY venture for anyone looking to enhance their living room fireplace.

Peel and stick wallpaper on the floor with my feet in flip flops.

Functional Benefits of the DIY Fireplace Cover Board

I always get excited when a great idea comes to life! I wanted a simple solution to change the look of the front of our updated fireplace for our family room. This screen has become the focal point of the room. While it was not the main reason, we do find that the best part about this fireplace cover is it acts as a draft stopper and reduces the amount of cold air that seems to sneak in through the open fireplace, resulting in reduced heating bills. Our winter months here in Massachusetts get pretty cold!

This is by no means an unused fireplace, in fact behind the screen sits the fireplace grate holding birch logs ready to go with our own fireplace screen close by because who doesn’t love a toasty fire on a cold winter night?

the fireplace screen at Christmas time with decorated Christmas tree.

Supplies for this Fireplace Cover Board

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I purchased an Elmer’s tri-fold foam display board from Walmart and when opened, it was large enough to cover the opening of our fireplace ( Walmart carries different sizes). My husband and I used the folds of the foam board to our advantage to trace the fireplace opening. I held the front and my husband folded one side then took a sharpie and from the inside traced along the brick. Then he folded the opposite side and did the same. This was done freehand without a tape measure due to the unusual arch of our fireplace opening. For those with squared openings, a tape measure would come in handy. We wanted to make sure it would be a snug fit to stay in place, especially on the sides of the fireplace. From there I took an X-Acto Blister-Carded knife and simply cut along the Sharpie line.

My white brick fireplace with the foam board in front of it.

After I took this roll of peel-and-stick wallpaper from Amazon and covered the foam board. The Peel and Stick paper was so easy to use. You simply peel the waxy paper from the back and stick it in place. No messy wallpaper glue is necessary!

Once the paper was securely in place, I used my scissors to carefully trim away any excess paper, ensuring a clean and neat finish for the fireplace cover.

me cutting the peel and stick wallpaper.

Then I used the X- Acto knife to cut closer to the foam board. The paper adhered beautifully to the board and the X- Acto cut the edges perfectly! This paper was the ideal solution and the end result is beautiful. 

Using an Xacto knife to cut the edges of the paper.

Styling Around the Fireplace Cover

From there I simply placed the new fireplace screen in the fireplace opening and had fun styling the space! I simply layered a few mirrors and empty picture frames with some added blooms on our new mantel. I love how it looks and how this simple addition just brightens up this whole space. Click here for more ideas for using empty picture frames in decor. For the front of the fireplace, I added a large vase of beautiful branches from our yard. I also hung a fun paper chandelier!

The screen in place with a decorated mantel and fresh branches in a vase.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Easy DIY Fireplace Cover Board (DIY Screen)

Can I use this DIY fireplace cover year-round?

Yes, many readers have found that the DIY fireplace cover board not only enhances the aesthetics of their fireplace but also reduces cold air infiltration during winter months, potentially leading to lower heating bills.

How can I ensure a snug fit for the cover board?

For irregularly shaped fireplace openings, tracing the shape of the opening onto the foam board while it’s folded can help ensure a snug fit. For square or rectangular openings, using a tape measure will ensure accurate measurements.

Will the wallpaper withstand heat from the fireplace?

Peel-and-stick wallpaper and foam board are not designed to be heat-resistant. While it should be fine for covering a fireplace opening, avoid direct exposure to flames or excessive heat.

How do I ensure the peel-and-stick wallpaper is applied smoothly?

To achieve a smooth application, make sure to carefully remove any air bubbles as you stick the wallpaper onto the foam board. Using a flat edge, like a credit card, can help smooth out the paper and eliminate wrinkles. For more information and tools to help get a smooth finish visit my Quick and Easy China Cabinet Makeover Using Wallpaper post.

Can I use any type of foam display board for this project?

While the specific brand and type of foam display board used in this tutorial is recommended for its sturdiness and size, you can experiment with other brands as long as they are of similar quality and dimensions and have a foam filling.

Once the foam board is in place, can you see the seam?

Due to the pattern on the wallpaper, the seam is barely visible.

A close up of the fireplace screen.

Thank you for visiting the blog today for this fireplace makeover, one of my favorite DIY projects! This Easy DIY Fireplace Cover Board is a fantastic solution to elevate your fireplace from drab to fab with just a little bit of effort. And while you’re here, don’t miss out on another creative project: Revamping a Small Chandelier with Embroidery Hoops into a DIY Farmhouse Orb Light.

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my new signature - a drawing of me holding coffee.

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  1. How does it stay in place? Is the fit so tight that it just fits snugly inside the frame of the fire place or do you have it braced from behind in some way?
    Great idea!

    1. Hi Skip, the foam board has a bit of thickness to it, id say 1/8″ which helps it grab on to the brick. There just enough room for my fingers to slide it in place and the foam board/bricks do the rest. It is also fairly light so between the bricks holding it and its weight it simply just sits in place – unless one of our dogs bumps into it (which happens!) Hope this helps!

  2. LOvely! don’t the folds of foam core show? Not quite sure how you traced it and got rid of the folds.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi there, There is just one fold and it really doesn’t show with the pattern of the wallpaper. Hope this helps!

  3. Love this idea and made my own fireplace cover using the same wallpaper! Thank you! Would you please share what type of flower you have in the vase on the mantle? If it is artificial is there a place to purchase? Thanks again!

    1. Hi Desiree, Thank you for visiting the blog! the stems in the vase are from our yard, I’m not sure what they are.

    1. Hi Christy, yes a bit challenging especially over time. We got a puppy and she bumps into it often – so it has gotten looser over time.

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