1980's Ugly Brick Fireplace Makeover with lumber and paint.
I'm so happy my brick fireplace makeover is done! It makes me smile every time I look at it.
1980 Dark Brick Fireplace with Stone Mantel
Wow! Isn't this brick fireplace makeover amazing? How did I put up with that look for so many years?
Fresh White Fireplace and Mantel
Meeting Challenges Head On
This is the right side of the hearth before. . .
After I enclosed the hearth with underlayment. That ugly floor area is no longer visible!
A look at how I used the thin plywood to make a new facade over the brick.
After which I added a 1x6 for the brick fireplace makeover.
Boxing in a Stone Mantel & Hearth with Thin Plywood
I love the new look so much!
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.
White Brick Fireplace with Black Firebox
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.
Cost of Brick Fireplace Makeover
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
- ½ x ¾ Molding (2 pieces for mantel, 1 for hearth) 8’, 8’, 9’ .42 lf 10.50
- 2x4’s 9’ free (curb finds) -0-
- 1x4’s (3) 6’ 2.78 ea 8.34
- Screen pine trim 24’, 40’ .59 lf 37.76
- 1x6 (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-
- Vent 5.00
- Glass shades for light fixtures 2 free (thanks Sherry) -0-
- 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.
Updates Through the Years
EDITED TO ADD: As of Summer 2010, my fireplace mantel looks like this:
The fireplace screen? It was brass, and I painted it! See how to paint a brass fireplace screen.
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!
Christmas 2015 See the easy shutter fireplace screen here.
If your fireplace just needs a paint update, be sure to check out Thrift Diving's How to Paint an Old Brick Fireplace.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.