There was a 2013 article from This is Money that mentioned how a fireplace could increase your property’s value AND cut heating bills at the same time. Naturally, my wife liked the pictures in the article and had asked me if it was possible to resurrect our fireplace and make it feel more modern.
I said sure (because when the wife says “is it possible”, what she really means is “make it possible”). Thankfully, the process wasn’t that costly for me. And if you’re thinking of doing the same, here are some DIY tips on how to fix up your old fireplace.
First things first, you need to plan out exactly what you want to update in your fireplace. In my case, it was to make it look more modern. My fireplace back was of the iron cast, so I thought to replace it with a steel one.
Moreover, I expanded the outside design of the fireplace vertically because doing so gave it a classier feel. I also raised the height of the hearth for that distinct vibe which made the living room look neutral and natural.
Everyone has his choice of colours, however, I like one zone to be dark and the other to be light. So I kept my fireplace area red and brown in colour. This complemented my living room, which is white in colour.
To save money on brick, I simply painted the fireplace in brick shape. Some of you may think such approach will never work. But thanks to YouTube, I found this video about faux-brick painting techniques to make your fireplace look authentic!
Granted, real bricks will have more effect on the value of your property. But, it’s far more costly to reconstruct the fireplace with real brick (assuming your house isn’t using brick) and you’ll need to contend with a messy living room until the project is done. It’s just too much hassle for a DIY Project. Besides, if the refurbishment looks good, it will still add value to your home. The only difference is that it won’t cost you or inconvenience you.
Lastly, don’t forget to check the damper whether it has any cracks. If needed, have it replaced for safety purposes. It usually has four screws to be removed, so it shouldn’t be too difficult a task.
Overall, the project was a success as the steps I took cost only about half my initial estimate. If you plan carefully, it’s always possible to find low-cost alternatives to finish projects under budget, without sacrificing aesthetic appeal.