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Outdated Fireplace DIY

Updated: Jun 23, 2023

Affordable Alternative to Expensive Renovation!

Fireplaces symbolize the heart and warmth of a home. Seeing our new home for the first time, I knew right away the fireplace would need a major makeover. The tile and wood color just weren't the aesthetic we were looking for. I also love to decorate the mantle for the holidays and wanted our focal point to be more attractive. Rochel Maday states on that a fireplace remodel can range anywhere from $400 to $2,000 depending on material. With all of the other expensive repairs that older homes often come with, I knew DIY was the way to go. So, I threw on my DIY toolbelt and got to work.

The biggest eye sore for me was the tile. While I do love a good challenge, tile work is way out of my league. I decided painting the tile was the easiest and most affordable way to turn this eye sore into a focal masterpiece! So, I began my search for heat safe paints. I found Krylon high heat in black which states that it is for "firepits, grills, & more." While not recommended for indoor use, I decided this was my temporary DIY fix to the tile that I loathed.

But what to do about the outdated oak? I love the look of stained wood but wanted the more 'modern farmhouse' look of paint so we did both. I am so in love with our new fireplace, and it definitely ranks at the top of my favorite affordable DIY home renovations. If I can do it, you can too; just follow these steps!

9 Steps to your dream fireplace!

Step 1: Begin by covering the carpet or surrounding floor and furniture in plastic sheeting. I used painters tape to tape the sheets of plastic together and to the tile.

Step 2: Sand all surrounding wood. I began by sanding with a 180 grit using my orbit sander although, I would recommend a detail sander for this DIY. I worked my way to 220 grit as I do with normal wood DIYs. Nobody told me that builder grade wood isn't solid wood per se. My type of wood is most likely compressed particle board with a thin layer of actual wood on top. My tip for you, if yours is anything like mine, is a very light 220 grit sanding; just enough to rough up the wood.

Step 3: After sanding, use a clean disposable cloth and denatured alcohol to wipe off the excess dust.

Step 4: Apply painter's tape to divide the mantel into 2 sections and to the wall surrounding the fireplace before painting.

Step 5: Paint the vertical wood and bottom trim with 2 coats of semi-gloss white paint, allowing the paint to dry in between coats.

Step 6: Section off the tile from the dry* painted wood using painter's tape. Then prime the surface of the tile.

Step 7: Use Krylon high heat paint to cover the tile using 2 coats, letting the paint dry in between coats.

Step 8: Apply stain of choice to the mantle using disposable cloths and wipe off the excess using a clean, dry, cloth. I removed and reapplied the stain several times before I got it right. Tip: it should not be sticky after it dries. If it is, apply mineral spirits to a clean dry cloth and give it a quick wipe all over. If it is still sticky after drying, simply repeat the same steps but you will want to use several clean cloths and wipe until the cloth wipes clean, let dry, and then reapply the stain. Make sure to wipe off the excess stain and let it dry sufficiently before applying another coat. I used a cherry stain that turned out beautifully.

Step 9: Use a matte clear spray paint over the stain to protect it.

I am so proud of how it turned out. A little fireplace facelift is just what our little homestead needed! In total this project cost me right around $100.

Leave your favorite affordable home DIY renovations in the comments!


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Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor an expert. I am just offering a DIY alternative to expensive renovation that worked for me. I may earn a small commission from items purchased through affiliate links at no additional cost to buyers.

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