DIY Brick Fireplace Refacing

20 Hours
I just finished completing the refacing of our old brick fireplace. I took this Dated and boring floor to ceiling fireplace and transformed it into a bold statement piece with drywall, custom woodwork, tile surround, a dramatic wrap around mantel and crown molding! Can you tell I'm excited!
Here is how I transformed my old brick fireplace into a traditional and custom statement piece! LOVE IT!
BEFORE: Dated and just doesn't fit our style. Plus the mantel was incredible small!
AFTER: We drywalled over the brick, added custom woodwork, a new mantel, tile surround and crown molding
Side by Side Before and Afters
Step 1: Add furring strips and drywall
Step 2: add corner bead, drywall mud, drywall seam tap and make smooth
Step 3: Tile. Add thin layer of thinset mortar to our clean bricks
Step 3: Tile Continued: Start from the top middle and work your way around. Use a piece of wood to counter act gravity
Step 3: Tile Continued: Grout and Seal
My original Insipration
Next up I will add cabinets to either side of the fireplace for additional storage and some under shelf lighting
Side by Side Before and Afters
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Kerri Sanders Kerri Sanders on Sep 21, 2017

    I LOVE what you did with the fireplace and would like to do something similar to ours. Having never done anything like this at all I realize that the dimensions of the "pillars" on either side of the insert are crucial to a proportional, finished look. Can you please tell me what the dimensions are for the pillars and the "lattice" work? By lattice I mean the raised pieces that give it some texture. I don't know the correct terms to use so I hope you understand what I mean.  Thanks!

  • Keri Douglas Keri Douglas on Dec 08, 2018

    Was wondering if you have a tutorial on how you did your mantel? What material did you use?

  • James James on Feb 20, 2020

    Looks fantastic. I am about to attempt something similar. I am wondering how high your mantel is from the floor? We currently don’t have one and since we have our TV mounted above, the mantel would only be about 4 feet from the floor and I am wondering if that would look odd.

Join the conversation
3 of 8 comments
  • Beth Beth on Jan 01, 2019

    You did a great job! It really "classes up the joint"! LOL. If you took a color from those pillows and painted the back of the bookcases, it would warm up the room...

  • Sally Sullivan-Beghin Sally Sullivan-Beghin on Oct 23, 2020

    I love it!!! I did something similar to my out-dated 70’s fireplace to give it a more traditional look and I am very happy with the finished product!