How do I make this fireplace look good on a budget? Help!

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Please help! How do I make this fireplace look good on the cheap?!
q how do i make this fireplace look good on a budget help, fireplaces mantels
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  • Lori Lori on Feb 27, 2016
    Wow, other than a good cleaning, painting it all and maybe beefing up the mantle, I can't think of much without getting into money. Whatever you paint don't highlight the vents in any way.
  • Kus1542393 Kus1542393 on Feb 27, 2016
    Thanks Lori!
  • Dfm Dfm on Feb 28, 2016
    give that fireplace a good scrubbing.. i'm guessing it's a log burner? and needing a fresh air intake? i can't figure out why the vents...speakers? for a surround sound system? a habituate for humanity restore has odds and end of building material- if you do use it and the vents are actually for air...fashion a removable plug with a piece of tile mounted on a board and a triangular board to hold it upright. the to 2 above, art work comes to mind, or beefy mantel of reclaimed wood. it almost seem like there was a a mantel and surround at one time...mdf or pallet wood and a few st. cuts would make mantel. paint it all in white to make it pop against the taupe walls. another suggestion.....check and see if it is to code.
  • KatAych KatAych on Feb 29, 2016
    It definitely could use a good cleaning. Do you use it? I've never used ours and right now we just have a candle display inside. I agree - the mantel should definitely be bigger...the wood should be thicker and not white, but it looks like there's an outlet there? Maybe trim the fireplace opening to add some detail. You could even cover the brick with something else - I had a friend who covered hers with those flat glass rocks. She bought a bunch of bags at the local dollar store!
  • Kus1542393 Kus1542393 on Feb 29, 2016
    I decided to clean it up with "greased lightning " from Lowes.
  • Kim Smith Kim Smith on Feb 29, 2016
    I painted our brick fireplace after cleaning it up with a "wood stain" not a cement stain. Get a small can and go find a brick or stone outside that is a similar color and paint that stone. That way you see the result similar to what it would be on your fireplace. I ended up using a medium charcoal gray and painted walls light gray. Hung photos of my own in black frames with white mats. Looks great. I pop any color I want in the room and the neutrality of everything looks great. ( and be sure and check your flue to be sure it has a good draw/draft. Looks like prior problems. )
  • Margi Chambers Margi Chambers on Mar 17, 2016
    Whitewash with a rush, half water, half flat wall paint, brush on and wipe off with sponge. Mine turned out fresh and beautiful
  • Kus1542393 Kus1542393 on Mar 17, 2016
    Sold the house!
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 18, 2016
    congratulations! whew......now take a deep breath.....exhale slowly, now what's the next gotta do project?
  • Valerie Valerie on Nov 19, 2016
    I have the same exact fireplace. I washed soot off mine with Mr. clean eraser. Stripped off 4 layers of paint n will varnish my mantel. I like my fireplace and refuse to paint the brick. It's very natural looking this way.
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