Tips to Revamp Your Fireplace & Mantle
Tips to Revamp Your Fireplace & Mantle
They say that home is not a place, it’s a feeling. For us, it’s ever-changing but overall, it’s a place where we feel safe, loved, and make memories.
I find that with time, our style has changed and that means that we often evolve and grow.
For us, that means refreshing our living spaces. This time, our fireplace had seen better days and we decided that we would give it a much needed revamp.
How Does Yours Look?
If you are in the same place and your fireplace and mantle are looking a bit sad, don’t worry. You can refresh them by following one or all of these steps.
Read on to see how we revamped ours and how you can revamp your fireplace. Ours was plain with minimal decor. While our style is still the same, we do love the modern rustic farmhouse look.
1. Re-Tile the Facing
One of the biggest improvements that we worked on was re-tiling. We chose Carrera marble tiles in herringbone.
You will need a wet saw to cut the tiles. That is what we used and we chose a light grey grout. This is where you can let your style shine through.
TIP: For a less permanent solution, you can choose a marble peel and stick wallpaper and cut them out and put them over the existing tiles or facing.
If you don’t want to tile, you can use the peel and stick option and still give your fireplace a new look! You can choose glass, marble, or stone.
In all different colours and styles. You can even choose tiles that change colour with the light. We added the tiles and attached a new more modern frame around the insert. Makes a HUGE difference.
2. Add a Pop of Colour with Paint
Another way to really change the look of your fireplace and mantle is by adding a fresh coat of paint. You can paint the walls around the fireplace or the fireplace facing itself so it pops.
A quick update to an older fireplace insert is using a high heat black BBQ paint and painting the fireplace vent covers. Especially if they are silver or gold, it will make your fireplace look like new!
3. Personalize with Art
By far, one of my favourite additions to our mantle is the canvas print from CanvasChamp that we have leaning against the shiplap. While we could have chosen any picture of us, I decided to design a personalized text print to give our mantle a little personal touch. I added ‘this is us’ and our last names. While it’s minimalistic, it really goes well with our decor.
You can even consider adding Split Canvas Prints for an elegant look or Hexagon Prints for a more modern touch. You can choose from their gallery, design your own, or use your own images. Ordering with them was so easy and they ship fast! We are so happy with our canvas and can’t wait to see what else we will spruce up with their help.
4. Add Texture
We love shiplap. Do you love shiplap? Well, add some texture to your fireplace by adding shiplap. Either from reclaimed wood, original shiplap in your home or you can make faux-shiplap and do it more inexpensively by using thin plywood. It really adds character and makes your decor pop.
5. Whitewash Brick
If you have bricks on the facing of your fireplace, a great way to change up the look is to whitewash the brick.
That is when you make a mixture with part water and paint and brush over the brick.
It can be tedious and take a long time but, the result is beautiful and not glossy. The alternative would be to paint the brick and that always yields gorgeous results.
6. Display an Antique
We absolutely love to give something old a new home or purpose. We picked up an arched window that is distressed.
You can find so many gems like candelabras, milk jugs, crates, vintage clocks, and so much more!
It really gives the mantle character. You might even have some gems in your attic, take a look!
7. Add Some Height
A great way to add height is to choose candelabras that are different heights. You can put the tallest ones at the outer edges.
Of course, you can use them for their intended purpose and add candles.
We chose to add ivy balls to them for colour. I love that you can change it up whenever you feel like it. We also used flowers and pussy willows and put them inside the milk jug. I think it works!
Transform Your Fireplace
If you have a weekend to dedicate to this project, you’ll be fine. Luckily, Darasak took care of all the DIY and my job was to find the decor.
I think he did a great job.
I say weekend because it takes a little longer if you are going to be cutting tiles and grouting.
If not, it can be just as easy as hitting up your favourite antique shops, home decor stores, and ordering art from CanvasChamp.
You May Also Like:
- A Stress-Free Guide to Re-Decorating Your Home
- Small Basement Decorating Ideas
- Mastering an Old-World Décor Style for Your Bedroom
Our next step is to change the colour of our walls but, that’s another project for another day! I think our fireplace is looking stellar.
Now you are all set to transform and revamp your fireplace and mantle. You can do all these steps or just one, it will really make a difference.
Follow our day-to-day on Insta at @whispersinspire!
Have you ever revamped your fireplace and mantle?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
PIN FOR LATER:
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.
I would like to put my little grandson on a canvas print,he’s so cute
I would get a print of my dogs!
I just got back from a trip to Newfoundland so I’d get some of the amazing landscapes I took!
I would like a nice family photo. In my living room it will be perfect.
I have a fantastic photo of my kids in the snow, would be perfect on canvas, hanging in my living room!
I would love a print of my two kids playing and smiling together. Thanks!
I would get a family photo…we don’t have many pics of us displayed. Working on it though. Along with decluttering! Lol
I would love a print of my two kids playing and laughing together to brighten up the walls in our home. Thanks!
Love it! It looks fabulous!
I took a picture of Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park last summer that features the Parks Canada Red Chairs. I would love to have it printed on a canvas!
I would choose a nice family picture taken at a family wedding.
I would like to print a pic from our last vacation in Mexico. Such beautiful blue water!
I would like to put a picture of our crab apple blossoms on canvas. They look so pretty during the spring.
I would pick a family picture
I’d love to put a family picture up.
I would like to put a picture of my dog on a canvas.
My daughters secondary grad pic is prob what I wouldpick
I would put a family pic!
I’d love to put my own quote!
I would like to put a photo of our most recent beach holiday
I would use one or a collage of my kids’ artwork
I would love to create a canvas of my kids to place in my office.
I would put my family on the print or my pets – maybe both 🙂
I would like to get a photo of my grandchildren done on the canvas.
I would probably put the family on a canvas print.
I’d love to use one of my son’s dance photos!
I’d most likely do a photo of my husband and I…
I would like to put a family picture.
I would love to put out family picture on it.
I have a great family pic.