Fireplace Series 4: Give your Fireplace a Makeover

I had a reader recently write to me about her fireplace dilemma… Is it possible for this fireplace to get a makeover?

I moved into my early 1900’s home 8 years ago and I’ve always been stuck on what to do with my painted brick fireplace.  I’d like to do a complete makeover, but how?  Is it possible? I’m on a tight budget and I want something that will be in keeping with the architectural style of the home.  Help!

The answer is YES, you can absolutely do a makeover that will remain true to the period of the home and won’t break the bank!  Fireplace upgrades are also a great way to add value to your home.  You can get back 150-200% profit of your investment with a fireplace makeover.  There are many options to revamp your existing fireplace, it just depends on the look you’d like to achieve.

The easiest and most cost-effective fireplace makeover would be to give the fireplace surround a fresh coat of paint.  It doesn’t have to be white…try an off-white, cream color or taupe ~ any color would give a fantastic, updated look!

If you’re DONE with the look of brick and want a complete fireplace makeover, another inexpensive solution is to redo the exterior of the fireplace using a Pre-Made Mantel Kit that can be installed directly over your existing fireplace. This may be a project that you (and your hubby) can tackle, which would keep the labor cost down.  Check out Mantels Direct for different styles and sizes. Once the mantel is installed, you can either leave the exposed brick or add tile or stone to the surround.  I recently retiled my fireplace surround ~ take a look.

Example of a Pre-Made Fireplace Mantel Surround

Did you know you could also make your own fireplace mantel and surround?  For this, I have to turn to The Lettered Cottage, who recently updated their outdated fireplace for $82 ~ it turned out amazing!!  To check out the step by step of this transformation, click {here}

Give your fireplace new life with a new facade.  Clad your existing fireplace by using faux stone which looks and feels completely real, yet is less expensive and lightweight.  Add some paint to the walls, new fab furniture, and your room is completely transformed!

Give your bland and boring fireplace a makeover by adding built-ins and architectural detailing.  This space is exquisite with the new millwork integrated into the fireplace surround. The tone of tone white hues create a soothing and serene feel to this cottage setting.

For a more contemporary style, choose a solid piece of stone/slab.  Depending on the decor of your home, this modern look can provide an elegant backdrop to your minimalist design.  It absolutely makes a statement when you walk into the space!

Just redo it ALL! Revamp the whole existing fireplace with a completely NEW aesthetic….new color, new materials, new millwork!   What a change…how refreshing.

It being the center and focal point of many of our homes, the fireplace needs to make a stand out!  As we’ve explored, a fireplace makeover can cost less than $100 or as much as…..well that’s still to be determined.  But either way, it is possible to revamp your fireplace in a costly manner and have it remain in the architectural style that you desire.

This is the 4th post of the Fireplace Series, click to read the other post(s):
Fireplace Series 1: History of Fireplaces and Mantels
Fireplace Series 2: The Fireplace and Television don’t have to be Frenemies
Fireplace Series 3: Wordless Wednesday ~ AMAZING Fireplaces
Fireplace Series 5: Mantels, Mantels, and More MANTELS

Images Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens, The Lettered Cottage, Mantels Direct

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  1. says

    I love this post! Our fireplace is the craziest I’ve ever seen (and I’m a Realtor)- it’s part cedar planks and part pleather! People either love it or hate it, but I we hate it and I can’t wait to redo it! My husband owns a tile business & it’s on our list to redo- eventually.

    I found you from Infarrantly Creative & I’m becoming a follower!!

    • Jenna says

      HI Rachel-
      SO glad these fireplace gave you some much needed inspiration. Thanks for becoming a follower too!

  2. Kerri Henderson says

    I am interested in re-tiling my fireplace and saw your u tube video on tiling over the old tile. Do you have any tips more video’s etc… Thanks so much for your help. Kerri