I recently remodeled my kitchen and had leftover subway tiles. I decided to use the remaining tiles to redo my fireplace which I had been wanting to refinish completely since I moved in four years ago. I also wanted to remove the tiles on the floor, but we didn't think the hardwood carried through since other units who had redone their fireplace told us that theirs did not.
Moving into a home with a fireplace is like finding a home decor cheat code. The always-desirable design focal point is right there in front of you... just waiting to be decorated. With the right paint job, artwork and objets d'art, you can turn your mantlepiece into the heart of your home. Just look to these stellar examples for inspiration.
The chances of your home catching on fire are low. But even though fire safety has come a long way through the decades, it's still something you should think of from time to time to make sure your home — and all your stuff in it — is as safe as can be.
Jess' rental had a beat up fireplace that was a bit of an eyesore in the middle of her living room. She found the perfect low-cost way to give it some glamour, with a classic renter's trick that we love:
Rachel's home hadn't been updated since it was built in 1975, and it was evident in the dark fieldstone fireplace. Not having the funds for a full renovation, she got creative with paint—and boy, does it look great.
Q: The fireplace in our family room is the first thing you see when you walk in and due to its massive size, maybe the only thing you see the entire time you are in the room. It just takes over and refuses to be ignored...
Kelly's new home was trapped in the 80s; In the family room, the fireplace stuck out— literally. As you can see, there were two protruding brick supports that perhaps once held a mantel. When Kelly decided to get rid of them and update its look, she made it worse before it got better. But get better it did—much better.
Q: So here is my dilemma. My boyfriend and I are renting a gorgeous apartment but the only downfall is this outdated eyesore of a fireplace. The fireplace works but as you can see it is not appealing. Our landlord is a sweetheart but wont let us tile or do anything to permanently change it. So I am asking you guys for some serious help. What can I do to makeover the fireplace that will be removable/temporary? -Sent by Jessica
Q: So, a relative recently bought me this brown sideboard. I love it, however the rest of my living room has a color scheme which consists of blacks, greys, and whites! Please help! As it was bought for me I can't really sell it...