7 Ways to Remodel Your Old Fireplace

[fa icon="calendar"] November 21, 2020 / by Home Services Expert



As the holidays approach, there can be few things that are as enjoyable as sitting around a warm fireplace when there is a chill in the air outside. If your home has an older fireplace that is in need of a fireplace remodel, you can rest assured that there are options out there for creating your ideal warm space in your living room.

From mantels to finishes, no matter what your fireplace is like you can update it to match your room décor and to bring the feel you’ve been dreaming of to your home.


Here are 7 Fireplace Remodeling Ideas:


1) Get Creative with the Mantel

When it comes to fireplace mantels, you can go to The Home Depot and look at quite a variety of online options. You can also check Pinterest and all kinds of blogs online for ideas. Or, you can call a home remodeling contractor to come and discuss options with you.

Ideas for fireplace mantels include floating mantels, mantels that are part of a frame for the entire fireplace, re-claimed wood mantels, brick mantels, and the list goes on!


2) Paint Old Brick

If you’ve watched popular design ideas on channels like HGTV, you have probably noticed that painting brick fireplaces is quite popular. Often, fireplaces are made with brick that is dark and people want a lighter color in their room, so painting the fireplace white or off white can do the trick. For a quick update to an old fireplace, this may be one of the simpler options.


brick fireplace painted white


3) Add New Stone or Brick Around the Fireplace

Adding new stone or brick to your fireplace isn’t as easy as painting old brick, and is certainly not as friendly on your wallet, but this option allows you to choose from a wide variety of stone and brick options. These options can help you get the look and feel that fits perfectly with your home.

This job may best be done by a remodeling contractor, and you will need to make sure that any fireplace changes are within your city’s laws.


4) Add a New Fireplace Surround

Fireplace surrounds are decorative “frames” that go around your fireplace and can include the mantel. Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars (on average), these surrounds can be bought and placed around your fireplace to create an elegant and decorative focal point in the room.


fireplace surround


5) Replace with a Gas Fireplace

Some people love the crackle of real wood and the smell of a wood burning fire in their fireplace. But for convenience and low maintenance, you can’t beat a gas fireplace. If you have a wood burning fireplace but don’t use it much due to the time it takes to maintain and keep it clean, you may want to consider swapping it out for a gas fireplace. This will need to be done by a professional, since you are dealing with building codes, fire safety and gas lines.


6) Add Interior Tiles

Not everyone knows this, but the interior of your fireplace can be redecorated too! A popular option is to re-tile the interior with a tile design that fits your themed décor. This part of the fireplace can be displayed even when there isn’t a fire burning, and upgraded tile can make a nice focal point in the room.


7) Floor-to-Ceiling Design 

If you want your fireplace to have a more dramatic look, you can have the stone or brick go floor-to-ceiling. A fireplace that goes from the floor to the ceiling creates a major point of focus and can showcase brick or stone in a way that a smaller fireplace cannot. For fireplace design ideas check out houzz.com.


floor to ceiling fireplace


There you have it, 7 ideas for remodeling your fireplace. At Experts In Your Home, we want you to be as comfortable in your home as possible. Contact our Chico and Paradise remodeling contractors today for a free consultation!

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