Learning to DIY: How to Update a Fireplace on a Budget

Change the look of your fireplace without spending a lot! Whatever your budget, these tips - and some creativity and elbow grease - will get you the look you want.

Fireplace updates

Looking for fireplace remodel ideas to make yours a more interesting focal point? Whether you’re desperately wanting to give your outdated fireplace a facelift, you’re just ready to change things up or you’re trying to personalize a new home, here are some ideas for how to update a fireplace on a budget.

1. Add a touch of paint.

Gone are the days of design elements such as bold and bright red fireplaces and natural, oak-colored wall paneling and trim. What has taken their places? Light, cool, crisp paint colors, such as those in the white and gray families. Yep, painting — and even whitewashing — your fireplace brick is all the rage (just don’t tell your grandmother what you’re up to).

2. Turn your brick to stone.

Tired of looking at the dingy, old brick eyesore smack dab in the middle of your living room? Here’s an idea for how to update a brick fireplace on a budget: Forget about brick altogether! Instead, create an all-new focal point made of beautiful — and inexpensive — stone. Anna Moseley, from Ask Anna, has all the details for this easy and affordable stone solution.

3. Add a mantel.

If you’re wondering how to update a fireplace mantel — or even include one, in the first place — we’ve found the perfect project. What’s more, it will cost you less than $35. Mysha at Remington Avenue has all the details about this easy DIY fireplace mantel.

4. Think — and build — outside the box.

When it comes to fireplace remodel ideas, sometimes you have to think beyond the firebox. That is, consider adding design elements above the fireplace, like this popular shiplap addition, and around the fireplace, like these bookcases converted to built-ins. Fortunately, you don’t have to be particularly handy in the DIY department to complete these projects, and you certainly don’t have to break the bank.

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5. Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.

A fireplace doesn’t just have to consist of a firebox and bare mantle. After all, the mantel serves a purpose, right? To give your fireplace a major facelift, consider adding accessories that define your tastes. A giant mirror over the fireplace? Fresh-cut flowers from your garden? A fire screen with the perfect amount of embellishments? The possibilities are endless, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Simply keep these mantel decorating tips in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to a fireplace that stops guests in their tracks. The best part? Accessories aren’t permanent. Feel free to switch them out with the changing seasons, holidays or room décor.

Ready to tackle another DIY home improvement project? Try your hand at replacing those outdated sink faucets with shiny new ones.

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