It’s been a few weeks since I revealed the DIY fireplace & built-ins I built in our primary bedroom nook for ORC this spring. Now that I’ve had some time to rest from that project, I went back to calculate the costs of the materials to share with you.

There are a couple of variables, so the total cost is more of an estimate since I don’t have line items for my electrician. But overall, I was really surprised at where the number came in at.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Fireplace – $490
  • Plywood – $200
  • Framing lumber – $40
  • Shiplap panels – $72
  • Trim – $50
  • Drywall – free
  • Misc supplies – $35
  • Paint – $110
  • Cabinets – $250
  • Hardware pulls and knobs – $45

Total build: $1,292 + electrician cost*

*I hired an electrician to hardwire my picture lights, but the crew also completed a few other electric jobs in our home, like adding 6 recessed can lights to our living room and hardwiring our hallway sconces.

So, I would say that the total materials came in around $1,500, or a range up to $1,750 maybe. Are you surprised by this number, too?

If you add the styling items that complete the space:

Total project: $2,509 + electrician cost*

I already had most of the styling items, but picked up a few other items to bring in color and pattern into the space. Even with those items, the total project is under $3,000, which I think is very reasonable for a fully finished space!

Adding a fireplace and built-in shelves to our primary bedroom nook defined the space and gave it purpose. It feels like it has always been there and I honestly don’t remember what it was like before I built it… or where all that stuff got moved to.

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