Fireplaces – Focal Point or Eyesore?

Do you have an old wood burning fireplace?  Has it been updated along with the rest of your home?  Many people don’t attempt to update or redecorate their fireplace.  This can then create somewhat of an eyesore when having visitors over, or when wanting to sell your home.  Here are a few ways you can update your fireplace:

  1. Paint the old brick.  In this day and age, we no longer have to use guesswork when wanting to paint anything, as there seems to be special paint types for every project you are willing to undertake, and brick paint is no exception.  You can buy paint especially made to paint over bricks, such as Behr Interior/Exterior Masonry , Stucco & Brick Paint, so you will get the best coverage and long lasting results.
  2. Add a mantle.  This is a great way to add some character to your fireplace.  The possibilities are endless on whatever look you want to create, from ornate woodworking to sleek stone.  You can add just a shelf, or go with something that surrounds your whole fireplace.  You can buy them premade, or create one yourself!
  3. Convert it to a gas or an electric fireplace.  If you are not a fan of your wood burning fireplace, if you find it messy or don’t like the irritants, you do have the option to change it to gas or electric.  Not only is it much cleaner in every sense, but while a wood burning fireplace is mostly for ambience, as most heat it produces exits straight out of the chimney, a gas or electric fireplace will actually heat your home on those cold winter nights.  You can purchase a gas fireplace insert for your wood burning fireplace, or if that is too much you even have the option of purchasing natural gas fireplace logs instead.

Voila – you just changed your dated and/or unused fireplace from an eyesore to a focal point!

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