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Thursday, January 12, 2012

DIY // A Budget-Friendly Fireplace Update

We recently bought a fixer-upper and with most fixer-uppers there are both things you love and things you hate about it.  The fireplace is one thing I feel that way about.  I love it's potential, but am having a hard time living with the way it is right at this moment.  It is all brick, has copper trim and copper vent plates, a cast iron insert and then a tile hearth.  The top half is painted the same color as the walls (a cream color) and the bottom half is high-gloss white.  Absolutely nothing matches.

 Here is the photo that was included in the listing.  Not really my idea of a focal point.

Our plan is something similar to this:

We love the built in bookcase, the wood mantel and the two windows flanking the fireplace.  The addition of the windows would add so much natural light to our space, especially since this is a southern facing wall.  I just can't wait until it looks like this!  But there's just many other more pressing issues that we have to deal with first, so our dream fireplace has to wait.

Yesterday, while I was redoing another chalkboard (this time with white paint around the trim) I had a brilliant idea to paint the fireplace and I am so glad I did!  I used my Behr Polar Bear White in a satin lustre to paint the metal trim and vent cover and then did the rest of the brick.  I went in knowing that it is just a temporary fix, so wasn't too concerned with priming the metal beforehand.  There's still work to be done with the tiled/metal-trimmed hearth, but with the addition of a quick coat of a greige (with more emphasis on the beige) coat of paint on the walls, this quick little update has made all the difference.

So, what about you guys?  What areas of your home were eyesores before, but with a simple change has them looking a whole lot better?



  1. That looks so much better already! Great!

  2. Looks great! I love to see fireplace "afters". I painted mine too but have yet to post it.


  3. Very nice. Don't lose the dream of going for the windows and bookcases on either side of the fireplace. Love the basket of wood on the hearth. Nice job!

  4. Meg,it looks wonderful and I agree with the previous poster not to lose your dream. Here's a link to my fireplace and mantle makeover. Please make yours the way you want it sooner than I did. It is so amazing how much more we love our family room...18 years was a long time to avoid it.

  5. Wow Meg you did a fantastic job. I don't have a fireplace in my new home, but I do plan on putting in a mantle. Your an inspiration. I'm following, so stop by anytime, Lori

  6. Looks great! We are seriously ripping out the brick on our fireplace and changing it. Thanks for your idea! Thank you for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you come back to share more great ideas next Saturday. -The Sisters

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! Looking forward to seeing what inspirations you’ll share tomorrow!
    Warmest wishes,


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