Updating a fireplace is easier than you think and can significantly increase the value of your home. The fireplace is naturally the focal point of any room, and giving it a new look will bring your home to life. There are several ways to inexpensively remodel your fireplace, and for the most part, you can do the work yourself.
Faux Painting Techniques
If you are on a tight budget, faux painting techniques can imitate the look of granite, marble, stone or any surface you can imagine. You can even buy faux painting kits to easily create any look that you want.
Before you start any faux painting project, be sure to read the instructions in the kit thoroughly or do your research online. Take it slowly and carefully, you want to get it right the first time. A faux marble or granite finish can really revitalize your fireplace on the cheap.
A New Mantel
The mantel not only helps to catch the smoke, but it also provides a decorative framework around a fireplace. For centuries, the fireplace mantel was the most decorative feature of a room, but unfortunately, modern fireplaces have abandoned the artistic value of the mantel in favor of economic value.
The art of the fireplace mantel can give your entire room a new style. This is a more expensive upgrade, but it will be worth it. A new mantel not only gives your fireplace an upscale look, but it also significantly increases the value of your home.
Mantels can be found made of wood, cast cement or stone. A custom mantel offers you a special opportunity to create a truly unique style statement.
A New Fireplace Screen
This is the most affordable and easiest way to give your fireplace a fresh look. From simple to ornate, fireplace screens can be found in any style, from rustic country to sleek modern and art deco. Even when you’re sticking to a tight budget, you can find the perfect fireplace screen to complement your décor and update your fireplace.
Be sure to choose a fireplace screen cover that combines beauty and function; the purpose of a fireplace screen is to protect the room from embers and smoke. If you have children or pets, keep their safety in mind when you are choosing your new fireplace screen.
Updating the look of your fireplace can be an easy, weekend do-it-yourself project that will add value to your home.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.