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Updating a dated stone fireplace is one of the best ways to modernize your home. Our 1970s fireplace was in desperate need of a makeover and today, I’m sharing how we covered the stone surround with wood which created a beautiful modern fireplace in this living room.
Stone fireplaces were very popular in the 70s featuring ugly brass metal inserts. Honestly there is nothing wrong with stone fireplaces but the large grout/mortar spacing is very dated and indicative of the 60’s and 70’s.
70s Fireplace Makeover
A fireplace is the focal point of most rooms so it should look amazing! Whether you have an electric fireplace, gas or wood burning fireplace, it should feature an aesthetically pleasing fireplace surround and mantel.
Our 70s fireplace makeover is absolutely perfect!
The 70s fireplace before (see below) had strange orangy toned stones, which almost looked rusty at times with the ugliest vents built in which at one point, provided heat into the room.
With the help of my dad, this fireplace update was about to be one of our biggest makeovers yet.
When I first thought about updating our 1970’s fireplace, I wasn’t thinking it would end up being such a big task.
Honestly, I thought we could get it done in a weekend, maybe two. My dad is a genius when it comes to structural aspect and how to make it work. However, he is terrible as visualizing and figuring out the design aspect.
This living space before when it was used as the kids playroom.
A complete hodge podge of furniture, mis-matched shelves, cabinets, toys and whatever else didn’t have a home.
The entire room is shaping up and the fireplace is by far, one of my favorite DIY projects yet. The impact that the wooden surround has added vs the previous stone is dramatic.
What Can You Do With A 70s Fireplace
There are several ways to update or modernize a 70s fireplace! If you are looking for DIY ideas that are budget friendly, I’ve got you covered!
Whether you are whitewashing or painting the existing stone, paint is one of the easiest ways to modernize a 70s stone or brick fireplace.
I used Sherwin Williams Extra White Pro Classic paint in a semi gloss finish. Sherwin Williams provided complimentary paint for our study makeover but all opinions are mine. The paint is super smooth and gorgeous.
Shiplap or Wood
We opted to cover the 70’s stone with wood but shiplap is also another great idea. If you are looking for a modern farmhouse look, try covering your fireplace stone or brick with shiplap!
I will share with you next week how I added the decorative molding trim as well as how we constructed the mantle which was the final touch to bringing this fireplace to life.
It’s amazing how white paint brought this fireplace to life.
Peel and Stick Tiles
Peel and stick tiles from Amazon are very popular and depending on how flat your brick or stone fireplace is, they can be a great option. I personally have never use peel and stick tiles on a fireplace but have in a laundry room and they are beautiful!
Paint 70s Fireplace Surround
If you have a 70s fireplace surround that is metal, chances are you have the lovely looking brass insert frame that covers a portion of the stone. Click through this post to see how I painted our brass metal fireplace frame not once but twice with high heat paint.
Install New Mantel
Installing a new wood mantel is another great way to modernize a fireplace. For this diy project, our new wood mantel was part of completely covering the stone with wood but installing a floating mantel is also easily accomplished by attaching it to the stone. Be sure to check out this post, how to install a heavy wood mantel from a historic beam in our new house.
If you missed any of the other posts on how we updated our fireplace, get caught up below!
More Posts: How to Update a 1970s Stone Fireplace
This fireplace makeover is broken down into 4 stages:
- Framing around the stone fireplace with 2×4’s
- Framing the vents
- Covering the stone with wood
- Before and after (this post)
We are planning to put a pellet stove with the insert as we don’t use the stove because the burning wood aggravates my allergies.
Be sure to check your local and state code when renovating a fireplace. Adding wood to the side of your fireplace can be a fire hazard so be sure to check your local fire code. I am happy check this baby, the fireplace makeover, off of the renovation bucket list!
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