Our top 10 trending fireplace makeover home projects that you can DIY! See how to fix up an old 1970’s fireplace mantel that is stone, stone fireplace hearth and stone fireplace surround! We created a 2×4 frame and finish pine around the fireplace to cover the stone. A second fireplace makeover was sparked by an idea I had to remove a large granite mantel and replace with a gorgeous oak beam in our barn. See how to replace a granite or stone mantel with a wood mantel with rebar as supports. How to paint a brass fireplace surround with high heat black or brown paint.