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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 May 21, 2019

            10 Most Entertaining Things To Do During A Long Journey

            10 Most Entertaining Things To Do During A Long Journey

            There are many more fun and eventful things to do to pass away time during a long flight or train journey. Apart from sleeping and continuously playing games on mobile, you can utilize this quality time in more creative ways.

            Should we take a look at all those amazing and curious ways to kill time during the long journey? Let’s go.

            1. Become the Next Big Thing in the Writing World

            Yes!! It’s time to become an Author. When I watch a romantic movie or read some fictional story, I feel like writing something of my own. If you feel the same, then there is no better time than a long journey, especially when you are traveling alone. Don’t forget that JK Rowling got the idea of Harry Potter while she was traveling on a train.

            2. Become a Philosopher

            Enough of reading and listening to various thoughts and quotations of other people. We all have experienced life and learned a lot, and it’s time to put your ideas into words.

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            Or you can try to determine the meaning of life, what you have experienced and things you have learned from it. Remember, every success or failure and try to find the philosophical reason behind it. It will help your mind to calm down.

            3. Card Games? Invent a New One

            I have no issues with claiming that Card Games has always been the most preferred way to pass the time during an extended journey. But don’t stop there, you have enough time to tweak some rules, do some experiment and invent your own card game. Call it anything you want, make sure that new game is entertaining enough to attract more players.

            4. Go into the Fantasy World

            Most of the time I put myself into Hogwarts, next moment I am fighting for the wizard world. You can do that too, and it’s not that tough. Going into a fantasy world is the most exciting thing you can do while traveling alone.

            5. Day Dream

            Day Dreaming is sometimes helpful and helps your brain do some exercise. You can be at your creative best. I have found realistic solutions of toughest problems while day dreaming. You can be more open minded and understanding at this time.

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            Daydream about being a singer or actor or richest person in the world. It gives you the motivation to do well and achieve your goals.

            6. Time to Plan your Dream Project

            This one is my favorite. You get enough time to work on your plans or dream projects. Travelling is the best time to brainstorm on your next product, which can be very efficient. Think about all pros and cons, praise yourself, criticize yourself and come up with best possible solutions because no one is there to judge you or your work at this moment.

            7. Movie Marathon

            Not only weekends, but a long journey is also an excellent time to start a film marathon. Create a list and watch movies online. Tune into any of the popular video streaming sites or app and watch your favorite TV Series and movies.

            8. Breakdown your Goals into Realistic Steps

            While you are traveling, you can set realistic and possible steps to achieve your aim. Spend your time in breaking down your goals and plan to achieve each small one in a given period. You can set your daily routine, work on your work-life balance and plan for a more systematic approach in day to day life. Don’t forget that walking through small steps is the key to reaching on top.

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            9. Read a Book

            Reading will never go out of fashion. Always carry a book with you. It is the most amazing thing to spend some time with, especially when you are alone and have lots of free time. Fiction or non-fiction, stories of any kind will always entertain you and enlighten you with new life lessons.

            10. Eavesdrop: Its Actually Entertaining

            The most entertaining thing to do during the long flight or train journey. You get to listen to amazing and exciting stories of the ordinary public, which sometimes are more interesting than Soap operas. I, once eavesdropped on a couple’s fight and seriously the reason was hilarious.

            I got entertained like never before.

            The Bottom Line

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            Have some fun, do some exciting things, don’t waste your time in sleeping and playing the same game again and again.

            Featured photo credit: simplybusinessclass.com via blog.simplybusinessclass.com

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