When my husband and I purchased our home three years ago, it was an outdated mess, but it had great bones and a floor plan we loved. Our team will listen to your wants and needs and work to give you the fireplace you envision for your space. The owner opted not to redesign the woodwork and not to use the fireplace due to the expense to remove and re-design the carpentry work. Leigh transformed her dated yellow tile fireplace surround by cutting marble-look adhesive paper into squares and covering the existing tile.
Homeowners felt this fireplace was drab and dated and since it was centered in the living room, it could not be disguised in anyway. The whole project took about a week when you consider the drying time between coats but it was totally worth it. I just love it and the total cost was around $20 for primer, one can of oil based paint and a roller.
During the 60’s and 70’s, large heavy brick or stone fireplaces, mantels, and hearth were often used in décor but are now out of vogue, so homeowners may look for a way to update the look but keep their functional fireplace. If the fireplace is simply an opening in the wall with no mantle or a small, insignificant mantle, add molding to the fireplace to create a polished, more expansive finish.
Designer Tiffany Leigh’s rental home featured a fireplace with a dated yellow tile surround. This combination positions the tone of the brick fireplace between the dark wood floors and the soft beige walls, folding the brick into the scheme beautifully. A custom mantle allows you to tie the remodeled fireplace in with the room’s design.
Keep in mind that brick or stone often soaks up the paint very well so you’ll want to prime it first. An authentic brick effect can be created with half-brick dressing, which can be layered over an existing wall or fireplace column to give true depth and texture without dramatically shrinking the space or requiring a structural overhaul.