Updating a fireplace

I've compiled the 25 best DIY fireplaces I've seen!

Take a look, pick your favorite, and don't settle for that ugly, old fireplace!

There are little bumps on the sides of some stones. I stacked stones to see how the mix of size and color variation would look before applying them.

Scrape them off – they are left over from the molding process. You do not want the edges of the stones to line up – cut them with a hack saw if necessary to vary where the edges fall. For a wall installation start at the ground level and work horizontally.

If you have been following my blog for awhile you may recall decorating photos that I have posted about what I call the “House In My Head”.

It is the house I envision as the “perfect for me” house. I watched the video on the display and smiled big time – a stone fireplace could be mine and no stone mason or special skills needed – plus I could afford it on my limited decorating budget!

I quickly came to realize however, fireplace updates can get expensive. It’s a ‘green’ product made of recycled materials, is fire retardant, and ‘beginner’ friendly. Then, we taped off a mirror image (dimensions exact) onto the floor so we could arrange, then rearrange the tiles into place.

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I found that using the foam brush was the easiest to apply. The directions said that it would be dry to the touch in a 4-6 hours but it was still tacky so I just let it dry for a full 24 hours before applying a 2nd coat.

Is your fireplace the statement piece you want it to be, or is it more of an eyesore?

Whether it's brick, stone, or simply drywall, make the bold impression you want with a fireplace makeover!

It isn’t high-end, big, or trendy – just a house that has all the components to fit with my personal style. If you can ice a cupcake and cut a French baguette in half with a bread knife then you have all the skills you need to create a stone façade just about anywhere in your home.

The DIY project I completed for this post is getting that “house in my head” a little closer to reality. I gathered all the pamphlets to read when I got home.