How can I redo this fireplace?

How can I redo this fireplace? Thanks Hometalkers!
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How can I redo this fireplace?
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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jan 10, 2017
    I agree with William - I think in that web site you will find your inspiration!!

  • Reb12072384 Reb12072384 on Jan 10, 2017
    Mine was the same color, i painted mine with a pretty grey color. The results was amazing. you can get the paint at home depot. Its not wall paint though. Hope this helps.

  • White washing is easy and dramatic. I created a complete [EASY] tutorial on my blog:

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 10, 2017
    By the photo it looks fake.Just paint it!

  • D roach D roach on Jan 10, 2017
    cover it with wood panels.

  • Cathy Cathy on Jan 10, 2017
    I had a red brick fireplace that I really hated, finally one day I decided that I could not take it one more day. I went to Home Depot, and talked with someone from the paint department - they told me that painting it was possible but it needed to be primed first. The most important step is priming it first with the right primer. I then did a faux painting technique, it has been almost 10 years since I painted my fireplace and I still love it.

  • Tracey Tranmer Smith Tracey Tranmer Smith on Jan 10, 2017
    Definitely paint the brick - with a gloss paint. If after painting, you want a little more change, build a new mantel out of wood and place it over the existing stone mantel. Would look very pretty.

  • Bonnie George Bonnie George on Jan 10, 2017
    A very ugly fireplace was replaced by applying joint compound with a trowel in a slightly smooth pattern. It will dry a cement color that is easily painted. (I did white) The mantle can be made to look thicker by using another piece of wood glued to the top and a trim around it. All can be stained in a medium shade. Good luck.

  • C_b12632629 C_b12632629 on Jan 10, 2017
    I had the same type of fireplace (ugly). I went to a local fireplace vendor and had them cover the bricks with beautiful, light colored, stacked quartz stone. A lot of people use the "culture stone" but this often looks fake (because it is), so I chose to use the real thing. It turned out beautiful and gave my fireplace a totally new and contemporary look.

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    • Janice Janice on Jan 14, 2017
      I would love to see a picture. The idea sounds like something that would update my brick fireplace beautifully!

  • Elaine Wilson Elaine Wilson on Jan 10, 2017
    Most likely the biggest problem is That the door is right beside the fireplace making it feel out of balance in the room. Just a quick suggestion. Use a good quality plywood and cover it all the way over under the thermostat Paint it white or cream. Then create an open back mantel that will slip over the existing one and go all the way over. Then take off the thermostat and cover the wall all the way up. Place trim around the upper part. Make a hole for the thermostat wires to come through and re attach the thermostat. Paint this the same as the bottom. Your room will be instantly refreshed.

  • Elaine Wilson Elaine Wilson on Jan 10, 2017
    Here is a pic of the idea.

  • Janet Schen Janet Schen on Jan 11, 2017
    We had a fireplace that looked very similar to this but above it was a fake brick and for the mantel it was ugly bath tile with the curved edge for the front edge. It was hideous. I pulled the tile and the fake brick off then spray painted the brick green (my husband is a green bay packer fan). Then I hung tongue and groove knotty pine above the fireplace and stained it. I went to the lumber store and bought a big chunky piece of lumber to use as the mantel and stained it to match the knotty pine. I added wooden trim to finish to the edges of the pine and a fancy wood trim along the edge of the mantel. It turned out quite nice. If you're going to paint the brick figure out a way to cover everything and spray it. I painted the fireplace upstairs in our house (brick goes to ceiling) and it took two days to get in all the nooks and crannies. I sprayed the green one in about 15 minutes. We were redoing the entire room so I just sprayed it before we did the floor and walls. Good luck with your redo.

  • this is what we did.....

  • Elaine Wilson Elaine Wilson on Jan 12, 2017
    Thanks. Not that hard to do. Good Luck Waiting to see your Creation!

  • Margaret schous Margaret schous on Jan 13, 2017
    I covered my brick fireplace with river rock and love it. No preparation needed for the brick - just mix cement and coat one side of rock and stick to brick. Hold it tightly for a few minutes and continue. Best to place rocks close together.

  • Truelsy2 Truelsy2 on Jan 13, 2017

  • Diane Hayes Diane Hayes on Jan 14, 2017
    We have a similar fireplace that we successfully updated. We made the mantle deeper & thicker. You could extend it left to the shelving unit. Trim thicker mantle with whatever trim you like from lumber dealer. Square side to fill in to doorway. Trim extension to match mantle. Add shelving to fill in area to left of fireplace. Add baskets to shelves for wood and fire-starter storage. Paint all a creamy white. Install a glass-doored firescreen & accessorize with a matching set of firetools. Reglaze your hearth stones if they need it.

  • Allison henry Allison henry on Jan 14, 2017
    wll get a carpenter to lake away the brick and apply a good wood surround

  • Doreen Dwviniczuk Doreen Dwviniczuk on Jan 14, 2017
    Just saw this one on Hometalk.

  • I am partial to the German Smear having done it to the outside of our home this past fall: I get so many compliments on the end results, I can't begin to tell you how good it makes me feel.

    I have seen it done on fireplaces and I would do it in a heartbeat to would look amazing!! Your fireplace is not a huge area so it would be pretty easy to do, plus it wouldn't cost you that much. Here is a site I saw recently where this blogger did her fireplace and you can see how easy it is to do:

    I would also replace your mantle with some type of wood (check out the one the blogger put on her's for an idea). You don't have the room for one that massive but you could still come up with something to put up there.

    Good Luck!