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Remodel Your Old Fireplace
With Painted Illusions
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Step #2. The Color and Texture of Your Fireplace Remodel

The second step in the remodel of your old fireplace is visual. If your fireplace is made of wood trim, brick or metal, you can change the color tone and texture to give it a more modern feel. Not only will the remodeled surface look fresh and blend in with your room, but any old flaws or stains that exist in the fireplace surface will be concealed.

Begin by priming the surface of your old fireplace with paint primer, which you can find at your home improvement store. (This includes only areas outside the hearth, that is areas that are not exposed to fire.) The primer looks like white paint, and the primed surface will look white and glossy when you are done.

After the primer is dry, take a sea-sponge and the three cans of earth tone paints that you selected. Dip the sea-sponge in one color then dab the primed fireplace, leaving liberal spaces between the dabs. Next dip the sea-sponge in the next earth tone and dab the fireplace again, filling in the empty white spaces. Finally, dip the sea-sponge in the third color and fill in the remaining white spots.

The area that you work on will now give the illusion of having a soft texture, like a brick. Repeat this painting technique until the remodeled design is uniform throughout. Any flaws in the old surface will now be gone. Even if you have a brick hearth you can use this technique on it to change the color and appearance of the bricks, especially if there is any soot stains.

Finally choose a contrast color or stain for the mantel. If the mantel is relatively small compared to your remodeled fireplace, then paint it a color that is very different from the wall, to help the mantel stand out. On the other hand, if the mantel is too large, help it blend with its surroundings by using a similar color to the furnishings in the room.

Hang an elegant mirror or a flat screen television above the remodeled fireplace, for that extra modern look. And always have logs inside the hearth, be it real wood or imitation. Finally, if there are rooms in which you wish you had a fireplace, consider adding an electric fireplace, which will save you money in heating costs and add romance to your life.

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