If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace but not lucky enough to have one you like the look of, don't despair! Even if you don't have the time, money or energy for a huge fireplace renovation, there are still a few DIY ideas that are easy to do but will have a big impact on the look of your fireplace (maybe even turning it into a focal point you love). We've chosen six to consider — try one at a time or combine a few for your own look!
Pictured above: If your fireplace doesn't function (or you're just looking to improve the look while not in use) you might consider adding a faux stacked wood facade that will immediately add a bit of rustic warmth to a room. Here's how: DIY Decorating Project Idea: Faux Stacked Log Fireplace Facade
Any fireplace, however dated, can get a fresh update with just a cool coat of new paint. Love the dramatic black out effect from this before and after.
Stencil a simple, modern pattern that you love over the design of a fireplace you don't like so much! It's an easy way to add pattern in a surprising spot in your home and make a big focal point impact. Get inspired by this makeover: Before & After: A Dated Fireplace Gets a Chic Stenciled Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover.
Put the paint brushes down and instead pick up a few craft supplies to make easy and colorful paper fringe for your mantel. Not only will it be an easy way to add a festive look to your fireplace, it's not permanent and great for renters. Adjust the size and length of your fringe to hide the parts you hate the most! Find a tutorial on Squirrelly Minds.
Like the idea of adding something to the fireplace but don't like the look of rustic wood? What about a clever nerd-inspired faux fire? Our Nerd Home has a pretty cute idea!