My Fireplace Makeover That Cost Me Next To Nothing


So, I’m pleased to say that we have been making great headway on our "new" house! With every nice weekend we get, we get a ton of stuff done.
There’s just something about nice weather that inspires you to get up off your hiney and get stuff done!
This week, I was able to finally tackle our fireplace — ahhh, that just sounds so wonderful, “our” fireplace.
When we were looking for a home, one thing that I was hoping for but wasn’t an absolute was a fireplace and our home has a great one — that is of course, after I got my hands on it!
Take a look at the beast before…

I mean not the worst thing in the world, but definitely could use a little TLC!
I have always wanted a white fireplace so I got to work painting the brick.
If you have never painted brick before, you’re lucky.
It’s not easy and it really hurts your hand. I suggest using a paint brush that you don’t care if it gets ruined because it helps if you dab the brick to fill in all the little crevices.
So even though my hand felt like it was going to fall off, I just kept painting away.
It was about here that I thought I had done soooo much and then I stepped back to snap a pic and was like… “really??? that’s it??”
I thought that maybe I would just do the top half of the fireplace and finish the rest another day, but once I started I just wanted to see it finished so I kept on truckin’!!
I did have a little help from the cutest painter on the block, though ;)
If I never have to paint another set of bricks in my life, I will be ok. LOL

OH! I almost forgot to tell you? Do you know what type of paint I used?
Just a regular old tub of white flat primer paint. Yup. That’s it!

I had the primer left over from when we had to prime the walls back that we painted before we moved out of our rental townhouse. It was one of the stipulations if you chose to paint their walls. So we just bought this big bucket and I barely used any of it, so I thought why not use it here!?
It worked great.
I’m not concerned about the heat from the fireplace since we can’t actually use our fireplace due to insurance reasons… bummer, right? But the insurance cost would be just too high.
For the base of the fireplace I wanted something that would stand out a bit so I used this greeny-grey color.
Again, more left over paint that I just had kickin’ around.
Once all the paint had dried, I couldn’t wait to decorate!!
Lucky for me the weekend that I finished was spring cleaning day in Thamesford!!! You know what that means — free junk by the side of the road fa la la la la la la!!!
(Yes, this day is like Christmas to me)
My mother and I did three full car loads and her SUV is huge! I scored so many cool things! I can’t believe the stuff that people throw away.

I made a gorgeous clock for my mantle — I made it out of an old table top (Click the link for the full blog post at the end to see how I did that)
I love that the majority of the decor accents were either found by the side of the road or scored super cheap at a garage sale!
I scored that wicker basket for 75 cents and I added the tiny wreath. I just whipped it up with random artificial stems we had kickin’ around.
These hand crafted wooden blocks I scored for $5 for all three at a garage sale! They are soooo unique, I love them!

This fireplace makeover is the perfect example of how you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a great look! Just work with what you got and keep hunting for great bargains or freebies — ie: junk by the side of the road LOL
So what do you think? Let me know by commenting down below!!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to fire away!!

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  • Sharon
    on May 26, 2017

    No question, just wanted to say how attractive it all looks. 😊
  • Lori Atwood Berry
    on Jun 7, 2017

    I don't have a question just a comment....the slate pieces in front of the hearth....didn't even notice them in the before picture...can't help but notice them in the after picture...stunning, absolutely stunning...
  • Robin Gore Zachary
    on Jul 20, 2017

    Why didn't you paint the "screens" (4)? Or incorporate them in with the staging. I would have made little boxes around them and made additional rectangular boxes to hang with leaves coming down from them. Just a thought. But you fireplace is beautiful. Love the green on the hearth.

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  • Barbie Price
    on Jul 20, 2017

    Absolutely brilliant! LOVE the pure inexpensive simplicity of it girl!! From one thrifty girl to another; well done!!!❤️❤️
  • Candace
    on Aug 12, 2017

    I don't have a question, just wanted to tell you that you've inspired me to paint our brick fireplace this weekend. Hubby's out of town so I decided to paint the family room a nice light beige color and was wondering how to make the brick look better.....I am going to just dive in and do!!!! Thank you!!!😊
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