During the winter months, there isn’t anything much better than curling up in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate and a good book. The fireplace is often times the focal point of a room and should be a beautifully designed part of your home. Sometimes, especially in older homes, the fireplace is tired and out dated. With some easy tips and renovation ideas, you can turn an unsightly fireplace into the gorgeous centerpiece of a room by doing some fireplace makeover. Many fireplaces in homes are brick and this might seem like a hopeless material to update or change – not so! You can easily update your old brick fireplace to turn it into something brand new. The easiest way to change a brick fireplace is by painting it. White is the best option as it shows the texture of the brick but doesn’t look sloppy like darker colors tend to. If you don’t want to go with white, stick to a lighter color like cream or pale yellow. Repaint or pick out a new mantle and in one weekend you can change the look of the entire room.
Another option for brick fireplaces makeover is to reface them. This is a bit more complex than painting and may require professional help unless you are a handy homeowner. Refacing a brick fireplace usually requires framing out the existing fireplace with 2x4s and installing cement board to give you a flat surface on which to tile or stone. If you can manage to get this done, the possibilities are endless. It is easy to drywall the upper part of your fireplace and install tile, marble or stone facing to the lower portion. This will give you a sleek, contemporary look that will change the entire room.
If an entire fireplace makeover isn’t in the works, you can still easily update it. If the base of your fireplace makes you happy but just want something a little bit different, it can be as easy as changing out your mantle. When considering new mantles, keep the style of the rest of your home in mind. You don’t want something really decorative and detailed if the rest of your home is sleek and modern. There are so many options out there and if you do a bit of searching on the internet, you can find architectural
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