Roaring fireplaces are the heart of a living room. For the family visits and the Christmas gatherings a beautifully finished fireplace provides the centrepiece of a cozy home. A fireplace adds a charm (and market value) to a property. If your fireplace is in need of some TLC then read on for some makeover tips for different budgets and styles.
Scrub and Paint
The least expensive method for a new look fireplace. As brass and iron get older, they will very slowly dull and rust over time. This process happens so gradually you probably won’t notice it until the entire fireplace looks totally downtrodden. Get into every corner of the hearth with a good cleaning product and use some metal polish or wire wool to bring life back to your fireplace. Using a little lemon on brass fittings is a good home remedy that will bring the sparkle back.
Refacing Your Fireplace on A Budget
Refacing a fireplace is a good idea if your hearth is in good working order but you want to liven it up a bit. The cheapest and easiest way is to simply paint over the old fireplace with a fresh coat to cover any flakes and dings in the old paintwork or tiling. A lick of paint gives you endless scope to try something different as well; go with whatever colour or pattern you can dream up for this one. Concreting over the existing fireplace is a drastic – yet cost-effective – way of giving the space a more modern look if you take away the mantlepiece and leave an open-hearth flush with the wall.
Mid-To-High Range Refacing
For a few more affordable refacing options you can look towards a new wood fitting complete with shelving and mantlepiece. Whitewash it for a trendy style that will match a white wall or stand out against something darker. Tile and stone-look veneer are tried and tested refacing options; with tile available in limitless styles and colours, and masonry veneer an authentic but thinner and lighter alternative to the stone it resembles.
When we get to the top of the refacing material tree, we find some materials you may already have in your home. Granite and quartz are reliable surfaces for showers and kitchens, and in the living room they bring an old-fashioned fireplace into the modern age with a beautiful, long-lasting finish. A stone finish does come in with a hefty price tag – but if it’s a chic modern look you’re going for then a stone slab finish will complete that vision.
The fireplace is an institution in some homes. It can lie dormant and unloved for years as an afterthought in the renovation process. With the right knowledge, however, you can turn a dinghy fireplace into the beating heart of your entire home. Show it off to guests, snuggle up around it in winter, open the presents in front of it at Christmas. Simply painted or completely refaced it will bring back the warmth in more ways than one.