Fireplace Makeover from Contemporary to Modern Farmhouse

April 4, 2019

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The moment we’ve all been waiting for…well maybe just me. The moment I’ve been waiting for….I’ve been wanting to do a fireplace makeover since I completed my family room makeover a few years back. I am happy to say it is finished and I am loving it!!

We have to look at the before picture on this one!!

fireplace makeover before pic

From day one, I have not been a fan of the tile going around the fireplace. It felt cold and contemporary….definitely not the style of the rest of our home. It pretty much stuck out like a sore thumb. When I would go into other homes in our neighborhood, I started to realize so many people had this same fireplace. A not-very-unique-look from the early 00’s. And then there was the mantle…just kinda boring. I wanted something with more character to it…

fireplace makeover before

So, in Nicole-Fashion, I got up one cold winter morning and started tearing apart the mantle. That sucker was not easy to take off…

removing mantle for fireplace makeover

But with a few nifty tools…

tools to remove mantle

I finally shimmied it off of there…

removing mantle for fireplace makeover

And so began the fireplace makeover…

mantle removed

Step one was building the mantel…

newly built mantle for fireplace makeover

Then came the hearth…

hearth being built

I love this stuff!!

girl building a fireplace hearth

And all of the trim work…

hearth with trim

‘Til it was finally time to cover up that awful tile…

MDF board covering fireplace tile

Using MDF board, I added some dimension to the tile…

trim added to fireplace makeover

After taping it all off and a little bit of primer, I painted the exposed tile Peppercorn (dark gray) and stained the mantle with Jacobean stain…

fireplace taped off for paint

And a lot of white paint and decor later–here you have it! The final reveal…

fireplace decorated for spring

It is mind-blowing how different it looks now….

fireplace decorated for spring

I just have to throw in one more before fireplace makeover, because the transformation is night and day…

fireplace makeover before pic

After fireplace makeover…

fireplace makeover reveal

As you can see, this fits the style of our home so much better…

fireplace makeover reveal

family room

Be sure to check back soon for the full tutorial on how to get the look of this fireplace makeover. It’s coming soon!!

Until next time,

Happy Building, Friend!!

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