Before and After: Fireplace Makeovers
Before: So Much Wrong
An odd, undulating swath of dirty carpet immediately draws the attention in this room. The nondescript fireplace was an afterthought at best, another eyesore at worst. A full-scale renovation ditched the dingy carpet and created a true focal point fireplace.
After: So Much Right
The fireplace shed its wallflower past and now bumps out into the room. The bump-out is clad in Inhabit Wall Flats—panels that can be painted any color and install like tile but at a lower cost. A simple rustic beam mantel counters the streamlined tile, a balance found throughout the room’s decor.
Before: Pretty Plain
Trapped in another decade and completely out of proportion, this hearth was in desperate need of a fireplace makeover. The purple tile clashed with the living room decor. Empty wall space surrounding the fireplace desperately needed design direction.
After: Perfect Balance
Ditching the existing squat mantel led the way for a complete fireplace remodel. A simple white mantel sits directly atop the fireplace, now dressed in white marble subway tile. Shiplap, an of-this-decade style choice, crowns the fireplace. Basic IKEA shelves bookend the fireplace and were upgraded with molding to give the impression of custom built-ins for a fraction of the cost.
Before: Overlooked Corner
An awkward drywall pop-out surrounding this firebox was a poor excuse for a mantel. Tucked into a corner, with no eye-catching features, the fireplace seemed like a bit of a waste, especially given the natural light afforded by the adjacent window. With a plan for a new mantel and a few design tweaks, this fireplace makeover was ready to roll.
After: You’re Glowing
With the drywall bump-out gone, this fireplace received a facelift starring Mediterranean-style ceramic tiles. High-temperature spray paint gave the dated firebox surround a fresh finish. A rustic wood beam mantel crowns the fireplace makeover and is ready to receive a display of beautiful accessories. Inside the fireplace, fire glass shimmers, enhancing the spark of the newly revived fireplace.
Before: Pretty Basic
A dated brass screen and a ho-hum surround left this fireplace looking dull and uninspiring. An oversized hearth extension added unnecessary bulk. Plus, the feature was in major need of a fireplace makeover, especially since there was no mantel at all!
After: Classically Fresh
Paneled walls and a marble fireplace surround set a classic tone in the living room. But graphic fabrics—including zebra-print bolsters on the slipper chairs—keep the look fresh. A two-sided insert added during the fireplace remodel means the fireplace can now be enjoyed in the living room and family room.
Before: Blank Canvas
In a cottage that had fallen into disrepair, a fireplace renovation was on this living room's remodeling to-do list. An awkward design made it tricky to make use of the narrow living space on either side of the hearth. A dull color palette gave the fireplace little chance to stand out.
After: Charmingly Eclectic
Fresh white paint and a new tile hearth refreshed the fireplace in this living room's makeover. The remodeled fireplace hosts a revolving collection of art prints and antiques store finds. A nonworking hearth is a great place to splurge on tile that would be too costly for refacing a fireplace that’s on the larger side.
Before: Empty Space
The walls next to this fireplace were begging for a purpose. They overshadowed the fire box and made it look awkwardly small. With no mantel and a lackluster surround, this hearth was in major need of a fireplace remodel.
After: Storage Central
The walls around the fireplace were given purpose as much-needed storage space. New bookshelves provide opportunities to display collectibles and other decorative items. Cabinets below the shelves' built-in niches offer hideaway space for personal items.
Before: Dark and Empty
This living room was stuck in the 1950s with its yellowed plywood panel-lined walls. The combination of the outdated walls, dark wood floors, and red brick fireplace made this space dark and uninviting. Plus, the soot-covered firebox was in major need of a cleaning and some fireplace brick TLC.
After: Bright and Open
Faux stacked limestone clads the now-updated fireplace. The material is a smart budget pick to resurface a fireplace makeovers because it looks and feels like real stone but is less expensive, and because it's lightweight, it requires no additional floor support. The wall-to-ceiling limestone fireplace complements the modern vibe and design of the room.
Before: Cramped Surroundings
Open shelving is normally a great fireplace accompaniment, but that is not the case in this living room. The mantel got lost in all the bulky shelves surrounding it. And with no practical reason for the excessive number of shelves, some drastic fireplace makeover ideas were necessary.
After: Open Quarters
For this fireplace makeover, the homeowners removed the stones on the surround and added sleek white pillars. These pillars transform the fireplace into an elegant focal point for the room and help the fireplace stand out in front of the shelves. Painting the entire facade white adds to the coastal theme of the room, which was chosen to help play up the ocean view from this family room.
Before: Small and Dull
This modest-size living room had plenty of potential in the beginning, except for one major problem. The focal point in the room was a giant, lackluster fireplace. When the room underwent a remodel, a much-needed fireplace makeover was the first task.
After: Roomy and Darling
With a fresh coat of white fireplace paint, this hearth became bright and welcoming. With the brass door gone, the remaining brick suits the room’s cottage style. New sconces crown the fireplace mantel for a finishing flourish.
Before: A Neglected Space
In this narrow room, the fireplace was in the perfect position to be a beautiful feature element for the space. However, the cream color of the fireplace blended into the cream walls, leaving the fireplace bland and overlooked. Coupled with an intricate hearth, the room as a whole was too stuffy. While some fireplace makeovers focus just on the hearth, this one considered the whole wall.
After: A Gathering Space
Crisp white paint relaxed the fireplace’s formal profile, which now pops against a wall that was clad with salvaged wood. Gray and green tiling on the surround adds a wonderful accent color to the natural color scheme of the design and helps unite it with the pillows and rugs used in the room.
Before: Washed Out and Plain
The color combination of cream-on-white left this fireplace washed out and boring. Neutral walls and lackluster molding removed any charm. Devoid any personality, this space needed a drastic fireplace makeover.
After: Bold and Beautiful
A fresh coat of black paint on the wood mantel brought focus to the fireplace. The black and stone combination gives the fireplace refacing an upscale look and feel. Two chairs flanking the fireplace sets up a cozy seating area that's perfect for a two-person conversation or a date with a cup of tea and a good book.
Before: Unfinished Attic
This big, bright attic space was unfinished but filled with unlimited possibilities. When the homeowners decided to finish the room, they thought installing a fireplace between the two large windows would be a perfect addition to the room. A light color palette guarantees the room stays airy and fresh.
After: Bright Family Room
The finished attic-turned-family room is bright and cheery. The colorful tile on the fireplace facade provides the main source of color in the room. By using tile with fun square patterns, the fireplace gets a young, fun vibe that is perfect for a kid's hangout, but the earthy green and orange palette adds a level of sophistication that makes the space adult-friendly, as well.
Before: Dark Ages Fireplace
This room's dreary decor carried over to its very boring fireplace. Wood panels and exposed brick were dark and dismal. The room was in desperate need of a redesign and fresh look, which was achieved via a complete fireplace remodel.
After: Modern Fireplace
By balancing a full wood-paneled wall with bright white walls, the room became open and airy. The wood and white combo creates an updated rustic look. The black of the fireplace door pops against the wood wall and unites the new fireplace facade to the black furnishings throughout the room.
Before: Broken to Bits
This entire living room was in shambles. And at the top of the to-do list was to refinish the fireplace. The wood on the fireplace was in bad shape, as was the brick fireplace surround, and the homeowners had to come up with a creative solution to turn something worn into something beautiful.
After: Beautifully Complete
After cleaning up and renovating the entire room, the fireplace was restored to a stunning feature in this space. Using a distressed finish on the wooden fireplace, the damaged areas of the surround ended up being unique details for the beautiful design. The fireplace's makeover style complements the rest of the space, which includes exposed wooden ceiling rafters and rustic doors and shelves.
Before: Bare and Basic Fireplace
Without any accents of color, this fireplace almost blended into the wall. An ill-placed statue drew some attention to the space, but not in a good way. A touch of texture and fresh materials is what the fireplace needed to be a standout feature in this living room.
After: Sweet and Simple Fireplace
A few tweaks and fireplace remodeling ideas were all this feature needed to become a beautiful element in the room. The stone fireplace makeover was as simple as adding sleek, stone tiles on the surround of the fireplace and adding a few accessories to the mantel. The smooth stone pops against the white walls and molding because of the stark difference in texture and color between the two elements. Now that the fireplace is beautiful and appealing, the furniture surrounding it creates a cozy area to gather with family and friends.
Before: Bland and Bulky
This living room was stuck in the 1970s, held back by dusty whites and tired brown tones. The bulky brown-brick fireplace did little to enhance the space, as it was placed asymmetrically on a long stretch of wall. And to top it all off, the wood mantel looked out of place.
After: Light and Lively
Using fireplace brick paint to turn the facade white started the process of bringing this fireplace back to life. A wood surround enhances the look. Classic-lined built-ins integrate the fireplace, bookshelves, and an entertainment unit. The surround, built-ins, and walls were also painted white to brighten the room and layer on the cottage charm.
Watch: A Rustic Redo for a 1970s Fireplace
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