My Brick Fireplace Makeover is DONE!
This is the right side of the hearth before. . .
After I enclosed the hearth with underlayment.
A look at how I used the thin plywood to make a new facade over the brick.
After which I added a 1×6.
I always, a.l.w.a.y.s. hated the concrete hearth. It was suppose to be stone, not two slabs of concrete with a seam.
Please remember I am not a decorator. I used what I have at the house to show off my new mantel. I’m sure I will change it up many, many times before I settle in to something I really like.
Below is the cost break down. It’s more than I expected, but overall, I guess it’s not too bad.
Would I do it again?! You bet! I was so tired of all that dirty brick and concrete!
Crown Molding (mantel) 8.96
Crown Molding (ceiling) 12.32
Lauan 2 sheets 10.28 ea 20.56
1/2 x 3/4 Molding (2 pieces for mantel, 1 for hearth) 8’, 8’, 9’ .42 lf 10.50
2×4’s 9’ free (curb finds) -0-
1×4’s (3) 6’ 2.78 ea 8.34
Screen pine trim 24’, 40’ .59 lf 37.76
1×6 (2) to cover sides of brick on left and right sides 6’ 5.27 ea 10.54
Quarter round 9’ .42 lf 3.78
Kilz 1 gallon 12.00 (estimated) 12.00
Semi gloss paint 1 gallon 12.00 (estimated) 12.00
Black paint 1 qt 7.55 .55
Wooden applique free (thanks Jamie) 0-
Glass shades for light fixtures 2 free (thanks Sherry) -0-
grand total 149.31
Misc (caulk, spackling,nails, wood glue, liquid nails)
If you have any questions, comments please contact me through my e-mail or a comment below.
EDITED TO ADD: As of Summer 2010, my fireplace mantel looks like this:
This has to be my favorite project of all time. I wanted a change for so long and I did it all myself (from scratch). It still makes me smile when I look at it!
If your fireplace just needs a paint update, be sure to check out Thrift Diving’s How to Paint an Old Brick Fireplace.