Updated: December 21, 2020
How to Update a Dated Fireplace
Your fireplace should be without question, the focal point of your room. People should walk into your room and say “wow” because it looks stunning.
Does Your Fireplace Look Stunning or Dated?
Does it have old stone or brick? Don’t worry if you have a dated or boring fireplace. With a
little bit alot of hard work you can transform your fireplace into something that you are really proud of and that your guests will say “wow”.
We moved into a newer home several months ago and inherited this ugly ornate fireplace. It didn’t suit our style and it certainly didn’t suit the style of the home. It was one of the first renovations that we tackled.
Does this fireplace make a good first impression? Absolutely not!!! The “doo-dad” on the fireplace, the dated faux paint style and the brass insert gives the impression that the house is older than it actually is.
Removing the “Doo-Dad”
The first job was to tackle the ugly doo-dad. With a hammer and chisel, little by little the doo-dad came off. But not without a fight.
We sanded down the remaining bumps that wouldn’t come off easily.
Filling up the gaps where we were overly anxious and dug into the fireplace. It was alot of work to get the “doo-dad” off but wait to you see the results.
Painting the Brass Insert with Rustoeum’s High Heat Black Gloss Paint
Next step was to paint over the dated brass fireplace with Rustoleum’s high heat black gloss paint. I used a foam brush so that I wouldn’t get brush marks. It took 3-4 coats to cover up the brass.
The Reveal – A Stunning Fireplace Transformation
Finally I painted over that awful dated faux paint color. Here you can see the before and after. What a difference paint can make. The brass fireplace has one coat on it at this point.
Here’s the before just to remember what it looked like!
I’m Debi Collinson. Stager. Home Stylist. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. I was very nervous but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price! I went back to design school and have the rest is history. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page. I’ve buy “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out as my retirement strategy. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails on how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!