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Looking for DIY faux fireplace ideas? Here is how we created a faux fireplace mantel in our living room and used a Samsung Frame TV to display art. (Post includes my non-sponsored review on The Frame TV).

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and Samsung TV Frame above mantel

As you might know, we built our own home, which we did pole barn style. Building a real functioning fireplace wasn’t in the cards for this home, but I still wanted this cozy focal point for our living room.


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*If you would like to see our updated mantel and our Frame TV with a Deco TV Frame, go to this post.

DIY Faux Fireplace Mantel with Wood Mantel and Herringbone Tile

My husband built out the wall for a standard size fireplace area, floor to ceiling. We actually put in the electrical inside the faux fireplace so if we ever want to add in an electric fireplace, we can still do that.

first step creating a faux fireplace showing the cutout in the wall of living room

Then, Mr. TIDBITS lovingly tiled the inside of the faux fireplace with travertine tiles—in his least favorite pattern ever—herringbone.

I’ll admit, my request made the job much more difficult, but we both agree it looks fantastic. We found our tile from Floor & Decor.

man is placing final tile pieces into faux fireplace with container of tile grout

The vintage wood mantel you see here was one my sweet friend Hollie found and had set up in her booth at Vintage Market Days. I loved it the moment I saw it and was so pleased it fit perfectly.

details on wooden faux fireplace mantel

The wood is raw, weathered and I can’t wait to drape garland all over it this Christmas. The original owners must have read my mind, because there was already 6 little hooks for our 6 stockings to come.

firewood placed in wooden crate within faux fireplace

Why We Chose a TV to Place Above Our DIY Faux Fireplace Mantel

Having worked so hard to make this area beautiful, I lamented the idea of hanging a big black TV on the wall.

However, there was just no other space or room for a TV. We had gone 9 months without furniture or a TV and I so craved our cozy weekend popcorn movie nights.

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and vintage painting above mantel

To appease the designer and mother in me, I worked and saved for a long time to be able to purchase the Samsung Frame TV, which was a beautiful compromise for this area.

I get a lot of questions on social media when I show the Frame TV, so I thought I would answer them here.

Samsung Frame TV FAQs

So is that a TV or Art?

The answer—both.

The Frame TV has the feature of displaying art when in art mode, or basically whenever you are not watching TV.

The other feature that helps it look like art is that the framed TV sits very flush with the wall, like a picture frame would.

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and flower painting above mantel

Can you customize the outside frame on the Frame TV?

The frame TV comes standard with a slim black outside frame. You can purchase different colors that easily mount on the TV.

I feel like the black frame still makes it look like a TV, so we plan on making our own wood frame to sit around it so that it looks more like framed art. If we can manage this successfully, I will definitely share how we did that.

wooden rocking chair in front of faux fireplace with home decor items placed throughout living room

Does the art look realistic on the Frame TV?

When people come to our home, they act amazed that it is a TV. I think the art looks very beautiful. It’s detailed, crisp, and looks much better than a big black screen.

I’ll admit to feeling a little disappointed with the art mode. I had high expectations that it would look and feel just like art, but the reality is it still has a bit of a screen glow.

I feel like straight on, it is more convincing, but to the side, it looks more like a screen saver. You can play with the brightness and other modes to make it feel more natural to you. However, I think the reality is that it’s still a screen.

two pieces of pottery placed on faux mantel with antique painting on wall above mantel

Do you hide any chords or boxes?

You have one “invisible cord” as some call it that hangs down and connects to the brain box. That needs to be plugged into power. I do struggle with having a spot to put this box right now. It just sits to the side of the faux mantel and collects dust.

We are brainstorming ways to hide this, but keep in mind that is something that you will need to find an inconspicuous spot for.

chord for Samsung TV Frame alongside the wall next to fireplace

Are you happy with the Frame TV?

Putting my expectations aside for a more matte art mode screen, I really am happy with it. If you feel like placing a TV above your mantel is the only way you can make it work in your living space, then this really is the best option for displaying something more interesting to look at and more customizable than a big black hole.

I love that it sits nice and flush. I can’t wait to see what it looks like with a custom frame. It has many great features and apps as far as TV playing goes. I am very happy with it and don’t regret the purchase one bit!

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and vintage painting above mantel

Where do you find the art for the Frame TV?

Samsung does provide a collection of modern and classic art for free with the TV.  But I assure you, you will tire of it and you’ll want something that fits your style better.

They have an art store with hundreds of pieces that you can easily buy right on the TV, but I haven’t done that. I have found it cheaper to just go online and search to find my own favorite digital art collections. This post goes into great detail of where I like to source affordable vintage art downloads.

You can also create your own art. You would just need to make it in a digital format. You can also use family photos or your own photography.

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and family portrait above mantel

Where did you buy the Samsung Frame TV?

You can buy the The Frame TV many places, including direct from Samsung, Best Buy Online, and more. Personally, I bought it from Amazon because I find their return policies much easier to deal with if there was a problem. This is the exact TV I bought, for your reference. (affiliate link)

What size and model of the Frame did you buy? How much did it cost?

The area above our mantel fit the 55u0022 Frame TV perfectly. It allowed for the perfect amount of white space around the frame for a lovely balance. I also bought the 2019 model, as the 2020 version was significantly more expensive for few added improvements. At a little over $1000.00 for the purchase, I am very pleased with the quality.

How to Size Art for the Samsung Frame TV

Before you go and buy or create art, there are some important things to consider to make it work with the Frame TV.

Photo Orientation

The first thing to consider is photo orientation.  

Because The Frame is a horizontal orientation, you need to buy or find horizontal art.  You can display a vertical photo, but it won’t fill up the screen and looks a little funny.

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and Samsung Frame TV above mantel

Image Size

The other thing that is VERY important is image size. If you are buying art and it says the digital download can only print up to an 8×10 or smaller, you are going to have pixel display problems.

You’ll need to find art that is at least 3840 pixels wide and saved as a high-resolution image. At that point, you can crop or resize it to fit the frame TV perfectly.

If you find a download that says it will print up to sizes 24 x 30 inches or something like 30 x 40, that would be a very reliable image to use for The Frame.

Cropping Images in Photoshop Elements

I bring my image into Photoshop Elements. I’ll create a new file for the size 3840×2160. That is the perfect ratio for The Frame TV. Then I bring my art or image into that file size and crop or size it to fill the area.

Then I save it to the Cloud and use my phone to bring that photo into the Smart Things app, where it can sync to the frame TV. It’s now uploaded to the TV and I can switch out the art easily while using the TV remote. 

Choose Images with Plenty of Space for Cropping

Make sure you have plenty of space that can be cropped. It’s unlikely you’ll find art perfect to size, unless it’s already cropped for the frame.

Let me show you a bad example. I loved the tones in this art for Fall, so I decided to buy it.

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and fruit painting above mantel

When I went to crop it, it completely ruined the composition of the art. It cuts it off in odd places, making a piece I just don’t really love to look at anymore.  

Compare that to this landscape where I still had to crop some area off, but it fills the screen nicely and the viewer wouldn’t necessarily know there were parts of the image removed.  The composition still feels really nice and natural.

faux fireplace mantel with wood placed inside fireplace and Samsung TV above mantel

I hope you found this guide helpful and inspiring if you are exploring DIY faux fireplace ideas and researching the Frame TV. 

If you would like more related inspiration, watch my friend Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone show off her amazing faux mantel where she also has The Frame on display with some beautiful art.  I know you’ll love it!

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  1. This is one of the best do it yourself guides I have come across on a blog, thanks a lot for writing this really helpful article. I really liked how you broke down this amazing project in small easy to understand pieces. I was thinking about a fireplace at my home and I think I will most probably follow your guide to make one by myself. Hoping I can do as good as you!

  2. I love your faux fireplace! My daughter lives in a tudor home built in 1935 with a non-functioning FP. She has a little electric “wood” stove in it and it looks great! It fits right in the FP and can be used with the heater or just the “fire” with no heat! You can get them in different colors–I like the white or cream ones best. I am going to have my husband build a faux FP in our living room. Our den has a entire brick wall of the original wood burning masonry FP, but the living room needs a FP for the ambience.

  3. This is really great! I have often thought that this would be such a nice option for a tv over a fireplace! Glad to see that it is actually a “thing” now. 🙂 One suggestion, if it is long enough to adjust, maybe have your cord come out of the far corner of the tv , instead of the slightly off-center middle. It would then be mostly covered by whatever decoration you put on the edge of the mantel and much less noticeable. Overall it looks amazing! Love all your projects, you have inspired me and I am about to redo my entire kitchen in shades of white and I can’t wait! Love all the white and light colors after following your blog for years now.