5 Ways to Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

September 22, 2020


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Cool weather is creeping in, and we’re dreaming of sitting by a cozy fire! Fireplaces are one of those things that can drastically change the look of a room – and they’re also relatively simple to change in order to update your space! Whether you opt to whitewash, paint, resurface or extend your fireplace, there are lots of DIY-friendly ways to give your fireplace (and living space) a whole new look.


Whitewashing brick fireplaces is one of the most popular DIY projects that can be done to give your fireplace a facelift. Unlike painting, which leaves brick with a solid, opaque finish, whitewashing uses diluted paint to tint the existing brick to a lighter tone, while maintaining the character and color variations. Most people prefer a 1:1 ratio of white latex paint to water, and it’s as simple as cleaning your brick surface and painting the mixture on!

Whitewash a Brick Fireplace
Photo: Lowes


If you’re looking to change the color of your fireplace, paint is the easiest way to go! We love the look of painting a fireplace white to fit a light, bright design style, or painting it all-black for a pop of bold contrast. Again, if you’re working with brick, make sure to thoroughly clean the brick before beginning to paint, use masonry primer and quality paint to ensure an even finish!

Update the surround

If you have the time and skills, or money to hire a pro, updating the surround of your fireplace is one of the most obvious ways to completely transform your space. Replace brick with stone, stone with a flat wood surround, or inlay tile for an instant upgrade.

Extend it

If you’re looking to heighten your ceilings, extending your fireplace up to the ceiling is a great way to do it. You can either extend the existing finish up to the ceiling, or use a separate material, like a shiplap-style wood, to heighten the fireplace and make the whole room look taller.

Switch up the mantel

This is another easy one, but it makes such an impact! Swap out an old mantel with a gorgeous, reclaimed wood beam, or sand down an existing wood mantel and stain it a different shade. You’ll be shocked by how much of a difference a new mantel can make! And if you need help with how to style your mantel, we have a whole post about that here!

There’s no shortage of ways to give your fireplace a facelift – and most of them are totally DIY-friendly, too! Would you try any of these fireplace projects, or have you already updated your fireplace(s)? We want to know! Make sure to let us know in the comments below and on Instagram @AlmaHomes, too. Happy fall!

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Photography: Melissa Oholendt, Laura Rae Photography, Spacecrafting Photography, Sarah Olfelt Photo, Alma Homes

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  1. Amy Saunders says:

    Yay! It feels really good to find out that repainting the exterior of our fireplace is the simplest method of refurbishing it. I have a cousin who wishes to upgrade the fireplace in her living room just in time for winter. I’ll make sure she reaches out to the right contractor to come up with a refined installation.

  2. My sister married and moved to another house here in Spokane, Washington. Ever since we were small, I knew she liked fireplaces. She and her husband are planning to hire a professional to help them build this facility in their home.

  3. Sam Andrews says:

    If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have even noticed that we can make our ceiling appears higher by attaching our fireplace up to the level. The one in my living room hasn’t been used since last winter and I wanna utilize it again. That’s it, I need to call a heating company to help me readjust the amenity.

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