I need ideas on how to update this builder grade fireplace!

Shirley King
by Shirley King
  7 answers
  • Carol Marszalek Carol Marszalek on May 06, 2018

    visit your local home improvement store and look at all the beautiful backslash tiles. I think you could make it “pop” by tiling the lower portion (the fireplace opening) with back splash tile and leave the top and bottom alone. Live with that for awhile and then if you still want more of a change, find a similar larger tile for the bottom. The stone top and mantle are really pretty (in my humble opinion) and I would not change it.

    • Shirley King Shirley King on May 06, 2018

      Thanks Carol. That is actually what I have been considering simply because it seems like it would be the least amount of cost for the most bang.

  • Julie  McCuiston Julie McCuiston on May 06, 2018

    I pulled my builder grade out and framed out the area I wanted to cover. Put up cement board and put natural stone veneers on. Can't tell here, but I went from about a four foot traditional fireplace to the entire height of the room....12 feet.

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    • Julie  McCuiston Julie McCuiston on May 09, 2018

      Yes but I had lots of help with my brother. The stone veneers are fairly easy to work with. It does take quite some time to complete because we only did a few rows at a time so they could dry without settling.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on May 06, 2018

    I wouldn't do a thing to the surround. It is so beautiful. What I would do is paint the wall around it in a slightly darker color for contrast and to make it pop. Gray is my go-to color now. Then I would replace the candlesticks with something a little more substantial like an obelisk of wood or metal. Add a fireplace tool set on the right side of the hearth, put your other accessories back on the mantle and call it done. Just my humble opinion.

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    • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on May 06, 2018

      Not being able to see the whole room layout I was afraid that was the case. Is there any place on that wall where you can see a natural break? You can try painting a section on each side and if you don't like it you can always paint over it lol. Let me know what you decide to do and maybe after pictures? Best of luck with whatever your decision is.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on May 06, 2018

    That’s a beautiful builders grade fireplace compared to mine. I would go with a light gray color for the frame and leave the top as is. Also I would put a round mirror over the fireplace mantle to break away from all the squareness, if that’s even a word.

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    • Chubby58 Chubby58 on May 21, 2018

      Be sure to post a picture for us! Good luck with your project.

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 02, 2022

    Hi Shirley, you could add some color to this with some paint, go neutral, or colorful. Hope the attached pictures give you some cool ideas!

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  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 04, 2022