Fireplace Remodels

Fireplace Remodels like These Bring Big Changes to Your Room

Most people don’t think of fireplace remodels as big time game changes for the overall look and feel of a room. At the same time, they often complain that the existing fireplace is preventing them from achieving the look they want for the room. Once upon a time that may have been a hard problem to overcome. Today, though, that’s an easy fix that can be taken care of with a few simple changes.

Refacing Fireplaces


Of course, before you begin making any changes to your fireplace it’s a good idea to check out state and local laws pertaining to these changes and building codes. Make sure you understand what the codes mean for you and your project before you begin. Once you’re up to speed, refacing a fireplace is a fairly straightforward process that can bring about significant changes in a fairly small amount of time. It’s not the cheapest fix for your fireplace problems but it is an effective fix.

What most people do for this particular fix is drywall over the existing brick and then attach a new brick or stone facing to the drywall. Some people use stone, others use bricks, and still others choose marble, granite, or even copper tiles for projects like this. The choice is yours according to the overall look you’re trying to achieve. This is a fairly time consuming and somewhat costly, depending on the materials you choose, DIY project. But, it provides the most noticeable change among these methods.

Painting the Bricks or Stones


This is definitely not the preferred method of all who have fireplaces. However, it’s a quick, easy, and budget friendly fix for people who are simply fed up with the fireplace as it is and want to make it as inconspicuous as possible. Painting the bricks the same color as your wall will help them blend in with the remaining wall. You can also paint the mantel the same color as the wall and bricks to make it disappear from notice as well.

Change the Mantel


For some people, it’s not the fireplace itself that’s the problem, but the mantel. This is another fairy simple fix. There are overlays that are designed to fit over existing mantels in order to make them larger. If your mantel is too big, you can remove it and replace with a smaller mantel. The sky is the limit when you want to change mantels for your fireplace though some changes may require the assistance of a stone mason for anchoring the mantel so keep that in mind if you’re determined to find DIY repairs.

These three projects may not change the world, but they can definitely change the look and feel of your room. Keep them in mind if you’re looking to give new life to an old fireplace.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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