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  • Writer's pictureNancy Danyo Cuddihy, Premiere Realty Group

Inexpensive Ways to Update a Brick Fireplace



A brick fireplace can add character and charm to a home, but it may become outdated over time. Remodeling can be costly, but there are some affordable ways to update a brick fireplace. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some simple and cost-effective strategies to transform your brick fireplace and give your home a new look.


Paint the Brick: Painting the brick is a simple and affordable way to update a fireplace. It can give your brick fireplace a brand-new look without having to replace it. Before painting, make sure to clean the brick thoroughly and prime it with a good quality primer. You can use any paint color of your choice to match your home’s decor.


Install a Mantel: Installing a mantel can immediately add a new dimension and focal point to your fireplace. You can use any wood or timber to suit your style and make the mantel the focal point of the room. Pair it with decorative art pieces or family photographs for an even more personalized look.


Update the Hearth: The hearth is the area under the fireplace and is often overlooked when updating a brick fireplace. You can replace it with ceramic tiles, marble, or slate to add a new texture and color to the space.


Change the Built-ins: Updating the built-ins can also impact the look of the fireplace. You can paint the built-ins, change the hardware, or remove the cabinets altogether to create a more open look for your living room.


Add Accessories: Adding a few well-placed accessories can also transform the space around your fireplace. You can add decorative candles, vases, art, or greenery to give the fireplace a more personal touch while breaking up the space and enhancing the decor.


Updating a brick fireplace doesn't have to be costly. With some simple DIY strategies, you can give your fireplace a new life and transform the living space around it. Whether you’re a homebuyer, home seller, or home remodeler, these techniques can help you get the most out of your fireplace without breaking the bank. By considering these tips, you can have a fireplace that is both charming and chic.

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