DIY FIREPLACE MAKEOVER
I’m thrilled to share with you our DIY fireplace makeover. We’ve lived in our home 7 years and from day one I’ve wanted to update our fireplace. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but last week I decided even if it’s not a permanent solution I was going to improve it. I can’t believe I waited so long!
Here’s the before……
The tile surround had to go, although our home was built in the late 90’s, I’ve always felt like the fireplace had an 80’s feel.
The mantle was in good shape so I planned to work that into the design. My first thought was to cover up some of the tile. I knew it wouldn’t be difficult to add some MDF to the sides and tack up some more to cover up the top and side rows of tile.
The arrows are pointing to where I added the MDF. I had my measurements written down and had Lowes cut all the pieces to the size I needed.
I highly recommend having the hardware store cut your wood or MDF, at my local Lowes they are always so helpful. It saves time and they have such a large machine I’ve found their cuts to be more accurate then what I can do at home. Not to mention it’s easier to handle and transport the cut pieces of wood.
I used this nail gun (last years Christmas gift)! And tacked up the pieces. Then I used the WORLDS BEST PAINT SPRAYER ,I’ve linked the newest model, they no longer make the model I have. I talked about it in more detail HERE, but I can’t say enough about how easy it is to use and how evenly the paint goes on with this sprayer.
After the MDF was up I liked the direction it was going, covering up some of the tile with molding definitely helped take the fireplace in a more modern direction. But it needed something more….
I took a poll on MY INSTAGRAM, and asked if I should paint the remaining tile that was still exposed white or gray. The results were split right down the middle, so I decided I’d try white first and then if I didn’t like it I’d try the gray.
I loved the white, and it’s here to stay. Well, here to stay for now… I think I’ll keep my eye out for tile that I like and eventually just tile over the existing. Until then I love the update, and it only cost $40 and was a 1 day DIY project. Why didn’t I do this seven years ago?!
With the new fresh look I was inspired to change up the mantle. I fell in love with this art piece, and I just love the soothing colors, and love the life it added to the room.
I’m on the fence but am leaning toward painting the hearth white as well. It’s hard to tell in pictures but this fireplace is very large, and I was nervous it might be too much contrast with the floor.
I’d love to hear what you think, let me know in the comments below if you would paint the hearth white.
I went ahead and painted the hearth white. So much better! It need that to make it looked finished. A great reminder that DIY’s, and decorating our homes are a process. Get started and eventually it comes together and feels right! See the painted hearth in the picture below.
Here’s a close up of the ART. The art is from MINTEDand you can purchase any of their art framed or unframed-I love that they have that option. I went with a simple black frame and the size is 30″x40″, but it comes in a variety of sizes and framing options.
SHOP THE MANTLE
I hope this inspires you to tackle something you’ve been thinking about doing for way toooooo lonnnnggggg! I’m so glad I finally did!