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.
1. The Sophisticated Wooden Mantel Design
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.
2. Built-In Storage Design
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.
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.
3. Simple Paint Job
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
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
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.