DIY Fireplace Makeover Tutorial

To be honest, out of all of the projects that we did on our renovation, I think the fireplace was my favorite. Mostly because the second I first saw it, I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like. I wanted to create a wall that made the room feel large, and brighten it up a bit. (A LOT) It was so fun seeing that vision come to life. By the way, my vision did not have pink shag carpet.

Our fireplace is the number one thing we’ve had compliments on, and it’s one of my favorite features of this house. I always wanted to have a wood burning fireplace, with a picture from my wedding day above it, and I am so happy with the way it turned out! I will eventually decorate my mantle, once I (Derek) get around to hanging that giant canvas.
Also, here is a sneak peak of our new couch, and our new puppy, Harvey! We welcomed him into our little family four days ago. Once our living room is complete, I will be sharing a full room tour. But first,  the fireplace tutorial!


Items that we used, and that you may need:

Side Note: We bought all of our items at Home Depot and Lowe’s.

  1. A can of basic white paint (and primer if you want to skip a step) we had left over from our baseboards and trim, so we used the one that is pictured below.
  2. Paint masks (personal preference)
  3. Black HIGH HEAT spray paint. We bought paint that is used for BBQ grills, since our fireplace will eventually be extremely hot.
  4. A paint gun (personal preference) It saved us TONS of time, and brushes would’ve been too difficult in our situation, since our wall is natural wood.
  5. Paint tarp

Step 1: 

Using the paint tarp and heavy duty duct tape, tape off all ceilings, floors, and walls surrounding the fireplace. Using the spray gun, begin painting.

Side Note: I did not get any pictures of this first step, because Derek did it while I was not there, but as you can see our vent, walls, and fireplace is all taped off, and he is spraying the mantle. (Or in our case, the whole wall!)

Step 2:

Remove all paint tarp and prepare to paint fireplace surround. (The bricks) 

By this time, Derek had painted our ceilings, cabinets, doors, baseboards, and some of the walls, and he had had enough with the paint. So, I decided to take on this part.

Step 3:

Using more paint tarp, tape off all areas surrounding the fireplace surround. Since I used black spray paint, Derek made sure to tape off every inch of the white wall that he had just painted.Step 4: 

Clean off all dust from bricks, and get spraying!

I did two coats of paint, and only used 1 can.

Side Note: Since we didn’t have our floors down yet, we didn’t worry about taping those off, but in most people’s situations, TARP OFF YOUR FLOOR.

Step 5:

Remove all tarp and tape, and enjoy your finished project!

Like I said before, I am so happy with the way our fireplace turned out. Looking at these pictures makes me so happy. It’s exactly what I’ve always wanted. A pretty home, that my husband and I designed, filled with new furniture. A wedding canvas on our mantel, and a puppy on our couch. My dreams just keep coming true!

Onto the next adventure, Wren


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