DIY Fireplace Transformations

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Houses with working fireplaces are fantastic – there is nothing quite like sitting by a warm fire on a cold night. However, an outdated fireplace can bring a room way down.

If your fireplace is in need of a transformation, find inspiration to get started from these remarkable makeovers.

Old Brick FireplaceFireplace After The combination of the outdated walls, the dark wood floors, and the burnt red brick fireplace made this space dark and uninviting.

The fireplace was spiced up with a new facade of faux stacked limestone. The material is ideal for an affordable fireplace revamp because it looks and feels like real stone but is less expensive, and because it’s lightweight, it requires no additional floor support. The wall-length limestone fireplace complements the modern vibe and design of the room.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

corner fireplaceIf you like the variegated colors in stacked limestone, but want a cheaper and easier method to achieve similar results, consider a product like Brick Anew. They sell kits with a choice of three different color themes. Each kit comes with 3 colors of paint and a clear glaze, specially blended to look like real brick, withstand the heat of your fireplace and bond with brick’s porous surface.

beforeandafterbrickIf however, you have a white fireplace, but prefer a more traditional red or brown fireplace, Pretty Handy Girl provides step-by-step instructions on how she transformed her white fireplace to a beautiful brownstone.

Once the prep work and color selection was complete, the project took her five hours.

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after 2If you just want to give your fireplace a white-wash finish, as opposed to an opaque paint finish, Sarah Macklem of Sarah Macklem Interiors, shares a tutorial on her blog, The Yellow Cape Cod.

The white wash technique allows the variation in the color of the bricks to show through, creating a beautiful, aged finish full of character.



Lastly, I want to share photos of our fireplace transformation. It wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it might be and has made a huge difference in our living room.

Keep in mind that if you need to paint the bricks inside the firebox, you need to use paint that is heat tolerant.

If you have photos of your fireplace makeover that you would like to share or other tips, methods, feedback, we would love to see and hear them, please send them via email.

As always, we hope that you enjoy this post and find it helpful in restyling the place you live into the place you love!


2 Responses to DIY Fireplace Transformations

  1. Mario October 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

    Do you know the make and color of the top greenish limestone stack?

    • Upscale Consignment Editor December 24, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

      Hi Mario. Unfortunately I’m not able to help you with that information. You might want to contact Better Homes & Gardens. Good luck.

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