No Reno Needed: 4 Easy Ways to Transform Your Huge, Hulking Fireplace

No Reno Needed: 4 Easy Ways to Transform Your Huge, Hulking Fireplace

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Jennifer Hunter
Jun 23, 2015

Less than thrilled with your old-school fireplace? You're not doomed to basic brick forever. Try one of these clever ideas to fancy up your fireplace without breaking out the power tools.

Paint

(Image credit: The Brick House)

A dark fireplace against a pure white wall is so striking (and is only a few cans of paint away)! This one at The Brick House just proves it once and for all. Not feeling black? Get crazy with color. We dare you.

Whitewash

(Image credit: Young House Love)
(Image credit: Young House Love)

If you want a lighter, brighter statement fireplace without much fuss, take a cue from Young House Love and make like Tom Sawyer and whitewash it!

Tile

(Image credit: Averie Lane)
(Image credit: Averie Lane)

Amber of Averie Lane didn't exactly love the orange tones of her old fireplace so she covered it up with cute tile (and added a reclaimed wood hearth) that was waaay more her speed (and pssst... it only cost her $44).

Leave it alone (but change your wall)

Bridget and Jake didn't want to mess with the 1880's fireplace in their Denver home so they made a big change to their wall instead — covering it with old cedar fencing. Great idea! The fireplace now looks like it fits right in.

Would you do one of these? How else have you upgraded an old fireplace that felt out of place?

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