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5 Beautiful DIY Projects For Your Fireplace

by jgwhi (follow)
Home Improvement (3)      DIY projects (2)      Fireplace (1)     
Your fireplace can easily make a bold impression, but with an outdated look it might not be making the impression you want. Give your fireplace a makeover with one of these creative DIY projects to update your look and create a strong new focal point.

1. Faux Logs

In remodeled homes in the city, itís common to find fireplaces that have been closed by the owner but left for ornamental purposes. For those of us with a non-functioning fireplace or with a lifestyle just not suited to open fire at the moment, who still want to focus on that warm feeling, these fake logs may be just the right

painted fireplace with faux wood and stone

● Made with corrugated cardboard and plaster of paris, these fake logs are lightweight but sturdy and can be made in a variety of sizes to perfectly fit your individual fireplace.

2. Stencil a Pattern

Want to update the look of your fireplace without replacing the tile or going all out? Try stenciling a new pattern to make it look like a resurfaced fireplace. A new pattern, a little paint and viola! Brand new.

● A word on fire safety ó if you use your fireplace, always be sure to check it beforehand to make sure it's up to code. Make sure the chimney has a spark arrester at the top, and make sure any paint you use is not flammable.

3. Unexpected Pop of Color

Grab the attention of all your guests by adding a splash of color to the mantel or outcropping of your fireplace. To really shake it up, paint the inside of an inactive fireplace.

● Fire safety is always something to take into consideration for your DIY projects around your fireplace, so make sure your paint is non-flammable.

● A small area such as the mantel can be the perfect place to try a daring color like yellow.

4. Book Storage

Donít have an actual fireplace? Great! Grab a mantel. When I see an open space, my mind almost immediately begins to see it filled with one thing ó books.

● Before installing the mantel, add shelving to hold books or other small items.

● You could build a combination of shelves and cubbies to hold various size books and little knick-knacks to really make this area stand out ó feel free to get creative here.

● Have kids? Use this space to store toys, at their eye level.

5. Wall Frames

Frames are such a no-brainer when it comes to decor. Versatile and always in style, frames can go on your mantel or around the fireplace.

● You can put empty colorful frames above your fireplace just to draw attention to the space.
● Deep frames can be hung above or beside the fireplace and used as shelving.

A fireplace makeover may seem like an impossible task, but with some time and your own personal touch, your fireplace will be looking good as new in no time at all. Grab some friends, a few paint brushes, and get to work!
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