An outdated fireplace is a major eyesore in your home, but completely replacing a fireplace is expensive and time-consuming. This is where painting comes in. By painting your fireplace, you can transform its appearance without breaking the bank. Not only does this add visual interest to your space, but it can also increase the value of your home.

Whether you actively light fires in your fireplace or simply use it as decor, there are several fun ways to play with paint, colour, and texture to give your outdated fireplace a brand-new life.

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Just like any home improvement project, preparation is key when it comes to painting your fireplace. Before any painting can occur, the fireplace will need to be thoroughly cleaned to encourage proper paint adhesion. Then it’s time to gather the painting tools. Despite being a relatively small job, even a fireplace will require things like drop cloths, brushes, rollers, painter’s tape, and primer. If you opt for spray finish

Additionally, if you plan on lighting any fires you will need to find a heat-resistant paint specifically designed for use on fireplaces. Working with a professional painter is the best way to ensure these preparation and safety steps are taken care of. If you opt for spray finish or high-gloss paints, painter’s will need proper ventilation and protective gear. It’s also a good idea to remove any mantels, decorations, or furniture from the area surrounding the fireplace.

Playing With Colour And Texture

While you often see fireplaces painted in solid white or black, there are actually endless options for you to choose from. You can use different colours and textures to make your fireplace stand out and complement the rest of your room’s decor.

Some ideas you might want to consider include:

  • Adding a faux finish. With the use of stencils, paint, and sponges you can give your normal fireplace a stone-like finish. For decor-only fireplaces, you can even play around with paint and styrofoam to create fake bricks.

  • Adding accent colours. Incorporating accent colours in your fireplace painting project can add personality and visual interest to the overall look of your space. One way to do this is by painting the mantle or firebox a different color from the rest of the fireplace.

  • Choosing bold colours. Neutral walls don’t necessarily need neutral accents. If your fireplace is in a beige or white room, don’t be afraid to test out colours like yellow, red, or green when painting your fireplace.

Not sure what to do? Our design experts can help you determine which colours will help your vision come to fruition. We’ll provide you with a colour consultation and suggest colours that will complement your room’s style and decor.

Updating the Firebox

One way to update and add interest to your firebox is by adding decorative elements such as tiles or mosaics to the firebox walls. These can be applied directly onto the existing brick or stone using a heat-resistant adhesive. Additionally, you can get creative with paint and stencils to give the firebox the appearance of fun tiles.

Those looking to go one step further might consider installing a small electric fireplace inside the firebox as well. This adds a cozy look and allows for easy temperature control during the colder months.

Finishing Touches

Accessorizing the fireplace can add a personal touch and make it feel more inviting. Consider adding decorative elements such as a mantel clock, vases, or photos to create a cozy atmosphere. You can also incorporate functional accessories like fire tools and log holders for practicality if your fireplace is functional.