10 Stunning and Inspirational Fireplace Makeovers

Light-filled living room with a decorated fireplace behind two chairs and firewood

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

When your fireplace sits there neglected and unloved, the time is ripe for a makeover. Rehabbing your fireplace doesn't have to mean a major construction project, though. It can be as simple as a fresh paint job on unfinished or previously painted brick. Or it can be a simple construction project, where you cover up the brick with drywall, wood, or tile. More involved fireplace makeovers might incorporate a lightweight masonry product called manufactured veneer stone, perfect for do-it-yourself work on your fireplace.

With many of these fireplace makeovers, the homeowners aim to correct the mistakes of previous owners. Reducing the amount of visible brick is another common theme. In the end, this moderately easy, creative project is one that you will love to do.

  • 01 of 10

    Before: Lacking Storage

    Fireplace Before Adding Built-Ins
    DIY Playbook

    With its gorgeous traditional mantel, this fireplace already had some good bones. But shelving was lacking and the red brick clashed with the rest of the fireplace surround.

    After: More Storage, Less Brick

    Fireplace After Adding Built-Ins

    DIY Playbook

    When Bridget at the DIY Playbook design blog revamped this stunning fireplace, she covered the red bricks with white marble and continued the color up to the ceiling. Most significantly, she added spacious built-ins on both sides of the fireplace to show off fun, pretty objets d'art, as well as functional covered storage below.

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  • 02 of 10

    Before: Drab, Plain Fireplace

    Drab Fireplace Before Makeover
    Love & Renovations

    Stuck with a gloomy living room dominated by an uninteresting fireplace, Amanda and Corey from Love & Renovations decided that it was time to make a major change. They had struggled for years to come up with the perfect style for this room and bring it to its full potential.

    After: Striking Tile Surround Fireplace

    After - Remodeled Fireplace with Tile Surround

    Love & Renovations

    With this gorgeous makeover, a live edge wood mantel now graces the top of this fireplace. The drab, featureless tile has been replaced with a stunning artisan tile surrounding the fireplace that catches the eye the minute you walk into the room.

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  • 03 of 10

    Before: Uninspired

    Ordinary White Brick Fireplace Prior to Makeover
    Pinteresting Plans

    This fireplace wasn't so bad. But Rachel Moore from Pinteresting Plans wanted it to look cleaner. The dark tile hearth, especially, made it look unfriendly. The painted, exposed brick made it look like every other fireplace. After trying several times to update with budget-friendly fixes, she decided it was time to take the plunge and invest in its makeover.

    After: Gorgeous Wood-Wrapped Fireplace

    After - Covered White Brick Fireplace

    Pinteresting Plans

    To dispel the gloom of her fireplace, Rachel Moore traded out that one thing she hated the one most, the dark hearth, for a more cheerful marble-look porcelain tile in 20-inch by 20-inch format. Wood covers the brick for a cleaner, more traditional look. Her reworked fireplace is now as warm and cozy as she always dreamed it could be.

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  • 04 of 10

    Before: Ponderous Brick

    Before - Large Brick Fireplace
    Made to Be a Momma

    Brick, in ​limited quantities, can be a beautiful thing. The problem with this old fireplace was that there was just too much of it. All of that busy brick was overwhelming.

    After: Smooth

    After - Brick Fireplace Cover-Up

    Made to Be a Momma

    With advice from a carpenter friend, Katie from Made to Be a Momma and her husband used drywall, two-by-fours, and plywood to box in all vestiges of the brick. They screwed the two-by-fours directly into the brick with concrete screws. The top part is stained cedar. With a fresh coat of white paint, the result is a fresh and clean fireplace.​

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  • 05 of 10

    Before: Overwhelming

    Before - Large Brick Fireplace
    Kaleidoscope Living

    Even though it was just your standard-issue, innocent red brick fireplace, to home and design blogger Tasha from Kaleidoscope Living it felt like a sad relic of the 1980s. She didn't want to spend a lot of time or money on it, so she decided to paint it.

    After: Inexpensive Fireplace Rehab

    After - Fireplace With Whitewash Coat

    Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body 

    To achieve a whitewashed effect, Tasha cut the white paint with water to thin it out. She then rolled it on with a textured nap roller cover, followed by brushwork. A wood stove inserted in the fireplace solves the problem of wood-burning fireplaces' energy inefficiency. Now, this ethereal fireplace is a beautiful focal point for the room instead of being an eyesore.

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  • 06 of 10

    Before: Shades of Tuscany

    Fireplace Veneer Makeover Before
    Evolution of Style

    Tuscan home style is long gone; that much is clear. But Jenny at the home blog Evolution of Style felt that the chief problem with her Tuscan-style fireplace was coordination. Her home's exterior was natural-feeling and craftsman. Her fireplace was mismatched. It was time for a veneer stone surround for her fireplace.

    After: Veneer Transformation

    Fireplace Veneer Makeover After

    Evolution of Style

    This stylish fireplace has manufactured veneer stone running from the hearth up the chimney, culminating at the ceiling. It gives the home a more natural look that befits the home's friendly, organic style.

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  • 07 of 10

    Before: Hearth Makeover

    Fireplace Raised Hearth Makeover Before
    At Home With The Barkers

    The black hearth tiles on this fireplace frustrated Sonya, home blogger At Home With The Barkers. Chipping away mortared tile can often create more problems than it's worth. She devised an idea to fix it, all without breaking a single tile.

    After: In Good Hearth

    Fireplace Raised Hearth Makeover After

    At Home With The Barkers

    By creating a box out of dimensional lumber, Sonya and her husband raised the hearth. This not only covers up those unwanted black hearth tiles but also gives the hearth greater prominence. Ledgestone veneer tiles cover the face of their refreshed fireplace.

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  • 08 of 10

    Before: Overly Peach

    Before - Peach Colored Fireplace
    House of Hepworths

    If an element of your home makes you groan every time you see it, it's time for a change. Allison Hepworth of House of Hepworths couldn't stand another day of looking at her peach-colored "wall of bricks," as she puts it.

    After: Cool and Comforting

    After - White Painted Brick Fireplace

    House of Hepworths

    Is it hard to paint brick? Sure, it can be. Allison found the prospect of painting brick intimidating, so she kept things on the simple side by minimizing her prep work and rolling out nearly all of the paint. Now the once insufferable fireplace looks cool and fresh just like she wanted.

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  • 09 of 10

    Before: Needing a Makeover

    Before - Fireplace Before Modernization
    Nesting With Grace

    This fireplace makeover from Brooke Christen at Nesting With Grace was only supposed to be a tiny Christmas decorating job for her neighbor's mantel. However, when Brooke saw this fireplace she knew there was more to be done. As she puts it, she likes to leave her clients with something to think about. Which lead her to redesign this traditional fireplace into something more modern.

    After: Sleek and Modern

    Fireplace Modernized Makeover After Makeover

    Nesting With Grace

    Brooke smoothed out the traditional lines of the fireplace by having her carpenter friend add elements made from primed white pine. But the true focal point is the apparently antique slab of wood that acts as a mantel. This is not a giant slab of reclaimed (and hard to find) wood. Instead, they created it from common one-by-eight Eastern White Pine boards from Lowe's. Stain and distressing give it an antique look.

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  • 10 of 10

    Before: Unconnected

    Standalone 1990s Fireplace Makeover
    Maison de Pax

    With the standalone fireplace craze long in the past, this one, owned by Rachel at Maison de Pax, still stood like a sentinel to the 1990s. Rachel had two problems. First, the fireplace was uninteresting. Second and most problematic, how do you connect this fireplace with the rest of the house?

    After: Like Day and Night

    Fireplace Antique Brick After Makeover

    Maison de Pax

    In a creative fireplace transformation that is nothing short of stunning, Rachel completely turned around the look of her old fireplace. She created beautiful open shelving to physically and visually attach the fireplace to the house. And for another bit of lagniappe, she now has loads of storage space. Next, she added thin cut brick with an intentionally messy mortar job for a classic, antique look.