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Updating a dated stone fireplace is one of the best ways to modernize your home. This 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.
Before and After DIY 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.
I found that have a nice large wood mantel is fun to decorate, especially during the fall and winter months.
The 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.
Stone Fireplace Makeover
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.
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.
Looking for fireplace remodel ideas but not sure what your options are? There are several stone fireplace ideas floating around on Google and Pinterest and the easiest update is to paint or whitewash the stone or brick.
6 Ways to update a fireplace
- Paint the stone or brick fireplace (budget friendly)
- Red bricks look great painted white
- Paint the brass surround (see how I did it here) with high heat paint
- Peel and stick tiles from Amazon
- Add an oak wood surround like we did and paint it white
- Install a new mantel (see how we installed a beam mantel on our new fireplace here)
- Update existing mantel with paint
How to Update a 1970s Stone Fireplace
Our 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!
What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.