New Look for an Old Fireplace for less than $150

After living in the same home for 30+ years, I felt it was time to give this old fireplace a new look.
tired, outdated fireplace BEFORE
This is the "before", note the used bricks, and the concrete mantel and hearth.
I used thin plywood to encase the stone mantel. I used some scrap pine pieces to connect everything together, as seen in this picture, using Gorilla Wood glue and my brad nailer.
I basically made a mold to fit right over the mantel and slid it on, securing it with some liquid nails.
I added some crown molding trim to dress up the top front of the mantel.
I basically did the same thing with the hearth using thin plywood and scrap pieces of pine to secure it.
The brick was given a fresh coat of paint. I added plywood to the facade of the fireplace with 1x4 pine boards to trim it out. Then to give more detail, I used some small trim securing it with Gorilla Wood Glue and painter's tape until the glue dried.
I so love the fresh new look of my fireplace, it makes me smile every time I look at it.
NOTE: This is a non-working fireplace. Meaning, I do not burn wood any longer.

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  • Mary
    on May 10, 2017

    can you use this application on a working fireplace. We have a wood stove insert that I'd liketo do this
    • Karen Julio
      on Nov 8, 2018

      Yes, except the hearth. Instead, find a nice tile and redo the hearth in an updated color and style. Then, also use something to compliment the hearth tile on the remaining brick face. That’s my plan!

  • how did you attach the plywood to the brick? i didn't see it mentioned here for in your blog post. thanks :)
  • Linda Alves
    on Apr 27, 2019

    What kind of paint did you use on the brick? And did you do anything special to the brick before you painted it?

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