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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 September 20, 2018

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

            Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

            If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

            1. Breathe

            The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

            • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
            • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
            • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

            Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

            2. Loosen up

            After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

            Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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            3. Chew slowly

            Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

            Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

            Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

            4. Let go

            Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

            The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

            It’s not. Promise.

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            Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

            Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

            21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

            5. Enjoy the journey

            Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

            Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

            6. Look at the big picture

            The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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            Will this matter to me…

            • Next week?
            • Next month?
            • Next year?
            • In 10 years?

            Hint: No, it won’t.

            I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

            Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

            7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

            You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

            Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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            8. Practice patience every day

            Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

            • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
            • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
            • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

            Final thoughts

            Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

            Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

            Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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