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5 DIY Fireplace Ideas to Add Warmth to Your Home

5 DIY Fireplace Ideas to Add Warmth to Your Home

Do you have an existing fireplace in your house, but you just don’t like the way it looks? Despite what you may think, there are plenty of ways to make over a fireplace and change both the look and functionality.

Better yet, you can do all of these things with a little DIY innovation and an ounce of elbow grease.

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1. The Sophisticated Wooden Mantel Design

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    image from The Lettered Cottage

    This design idea is inspired by a simple Pinterest image and—thanks to a highly detailed step-by-step tutorial—it’s capable of being reproduced in your home. The best part about this design is its clean and sophisticated look.

    It takes a large brick fireplace and turns it into a focal point simply by adding some wood planks, crown molding, and a fresh coat of white paint. Although the Pinterest version and tutorial both use white, you can paint the wood any color you’d like, to match the surroundings interior color scheme.

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    2. Built-In Storage Design

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      image from iHeartOrganizing

      For DIY’ers who have lots of carpentry experience and plenty of wall space, this built-in storage design is ideal. It enables you to use all of your space, with the fireplace as the central icon.

      The design features both open and concealed storage, space for a mounted television directly above the fireplace, and minimal depth to maximize floor space. It requires a long list of supplies, but all are standard items carried by every local hardware store.

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      The tutorial calls for poplar boards and birch plywood in addition to lattice and crown molding as the primary materials. The best part about this design is that you get plenty of storage space to conceal household items.

      While it certainly isn’t the easiest design, it’s one of the most professional and comprehensive ones you can do yourself.

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      3. Simple Paint Job

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        Sometimes all a fireplace needs is a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t like the color of the brick, you can repaint it with white for a clean and modern look. You’ll want to start by cleaning the existing brick to remove dust and residue. If you don’t clean thoroughly enough, the paint won’t stick or dry properly. Then you should tape off any areas you don’t want to paint. Next, apply an oil-based, stain-blocking primer to protect the brick from soot stains. After the brick is cleaned and primed, you’re ready to paint. You’ll want an indoor latex paint that’s either semi gloss, gloss, or flat. Furthermore, it should be tested and rated to withstand temperatures that exceed 200 degrees. The best part about a simple paint job is that it can be completed in a single day and is relatively cheap.

        4. Fireplace Mantel

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          A nice mantel can completely transform a fireplace that lacks features. Fireplaces that are completely flat are bland and boring, while a mantel adds some depth and functionality. Using this helpful guide from the DIY Network, you can create a fireplace mantel in about half a day. All it requires is some standard tools, a 2×4 board, some crown molding, trim, and other small parts. The best part about this DIY project is that it’s extremely easy and fairly cheap to complete.

          5. New, Stylish Hearth

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            It’s not always the fireplace itself that needs attention. Sometimes you need a new hearth to add some warmth and style. This simple guide from the DIY Network allows you to build a completely new hearth in a single day of work. You’ll have to mix concrete, cut cement blocks, and apply mortar and plaster. From there, you’re free to add finishing touches as you please. The best part about this project is that it teaches you a lot of other valuable DIY skills you can use for other renovations.

            Make the most out of your fireplace.

            With these five helpful DIY tutorials, you can completely change the look of your fireplace and make it both stylish and functional.

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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