Have you been enjoying your fireplace this winter? Or have you been staring at it longing for something different? Maybe you’ve been thinking about giving your fireplace a makeover for a while but aren’t sure what to do or where to start. 

Getting Started

First, list out thoughts on the styles of fireplaces you possibly want and your budget for the project. You can find lots of interesting fireplace remodeling ideas online within a range of budgets. Browse for pictures for inspiration and save the ones you like. 

Next, examine your fireplace to determine its current condition. Inspect the fireplace trim, mantel, and inner walls. Look for loose bricks, cracked components, and any dirt or grime. Repair anything that needs attention. Then it’s time to clean. If your fireplace’s inner lining is covered in creosote, you should burn a cleaning log or hire a chimney sweep to get it cleaned off. Once your fireplace is clean and repaired, you are ready to remodel.

Paint It

The easiest and most budget-friendly makeover is applying a fresh coat of paint. Bricks and even tile can be painted. Choose a color to match your walls or a contrasting color to make the fireplace a focal point of the room. High-gloss paint adds interest as well. 

The Mantle

Changing up what’s on the mantle is an easy way to bring a fresh look to your fireplace. Choose items that match your home and personal style. Items may include candles, vases, photo frames, and clocks. Giant pieces of framed art or large mirrors standing on the mantle or mounted on the wall above it can add a dramatic touch. Consider using the mantle to reveal more about you and your personality. Display collectors’ items or other personal mementos. With a little more in the budget, mantles can be remodeled or replaced. Choose a new style of mantle or a different material. There are a wide variety of options, from classic and architectural to sleek and simple, from smooth stained wood to rustic reclaimed wood. 


Replacing fireplace accessories such as the screen will also give your fireplace a new look. Purchase something new for a chic and modern style or browse antique stores for something traditional or unique. If you have a rustic wood mantle, you might select a screen that incorporates branch shapes in the design to complement the wood theme. Fireplaces can come in a large variety of shapes, sizes, and designs so be sure to measure the opening of your fireplace before you go shopping.

Full Makeovers

More complicated fireplace makeovers can transform the entire room and wow your friends and family. These remodels entail replacing or resurfacing the fireplace surround and are often best left to the professionals. Even brick fireplaces can be overlaid in tile allowing the brick to remain intact. Selecting the right tile can make your fireplace stand out. Make a big statement with bold tile designs. Add texture to a room with stacked tiles. A herringbone pattern can create a classic elegant look. Iridescent glass tiles or patterned tiles will add style and color. Alternate solid colors to create a decorative flair that complements the style of the room. Use one solid color and include decorative accent tiles scattered throughout. 

Not a fan of tile? How about a hardwood surround? Reclaimed wood, shiplap, and sleek stained wood each give off a completely different look depending on your home and style.

In the end, don’t be afraid to create a one-of-a-kind design for your home. It will satisfy you while you own the home and create a selling point for a future buyer. And like most remodel projects, it can be changed again in the future if your tastes evolve.

Hire an Experienced Company

Turnkey Homes has experience in fireplace remodeling and can make your dream fireplace a reality. We know how to design and construct your fireplace or any home remodeling project you want to tackle. Visit our website at www.turnkeyhomesll.com for more information and give us a call at (920) 470-4315 to discuss your home project.