• Very NICE! White-washed brick would be gorgeous!!


    • Thanks Katie! We did talk about painting it but ultimately decided against it since we did have a nice color of brick to work with. I am so glad we went the direction we did. It definitely fits with the style of our home more this way!

  1. Looks fantastic!!! Wish I had the skills and ideas to make beautiful changes like you’ve done!!! Wow!!

    • It was really one of our easier projects! The hardest part was figuring out how to go around the bricks along the sides where they jut out. I bet you could do it! ;)

  2. Thanks for sharing. We have a big wood stove surrounded by a lot of brick in our basement, I think this may work to update it a little!

    • Oooh fun! I hope you are able to update it! We have one like that upstairs that I am still struggling on what to do with as it is in the corner with two brick walls on either side!

  3. Great Job!! And thank you so much for sharing!! We have the same style fireplace in our basement. We’ve tossed around the idea of painting it, but I like this sooo much better!!!

    • Thanks Shawnna! We too tossed around the idea of painting it. The previous owners got a lot of old paint on the top of the bricks by the ceiling that looks really sloppy, but ultimately we decided for us that we liked the option of doing the mantel. You have to do what works for you!

  4. Looks great! We have a similar red brick fireplace. Only change I would make on my is we want to whitewash the brick. Love yours, however.

  5. Love the way this turned out. I have the same fireplace, so your instructions will help me when I do my fireplace. I want to extend the wood above the mantel though. Great job!!

    • Thanks Maria! Glad it will be able to help! We talked about extending the wood along the top but ultimately decided to keep the brick. Good luck with yours!

  6. Looks great. I hope your fireplace is for looks only because it does not look like you have not met the clearance to combustibles with that mantle. You need 6″ on either side at least and 12″ on the top (and that is if you have a heat shield on the mantle). I see that many people want to do this same project so the issue of fire safety needs to be addressed.

    • Great point Monica! Yes…we will not be building fires in this fire place. It is in the basement and has never drafted well.

  7. It looks amazing! I have a portable electric fire place that I thought of painting. I live in an apartment and could use some inspiration on what to do. Does Lowes have ideas for maximizing small spaces?

  8. This looks AMAZING! Awesome job!!

  9. May I ask how you connected it to your fireplace? I love how yours turned out and would love to recreate in our living room! Just am not sure how to secure it to the brick background. Lovely job!

    • I was wondering the same did you secure it to the actual fireplace..great job. .looks beautiful..

  10. WOW- that looks great! We added a fireplace mantel years ago, and we have one in need of a facelift now. What great inspiration!

  11. That’s exactly what I want for my fireplace. My fireplace looks the same as your “before” photo and I would love to have it look like the “after” photo. Beautiful! Sure makes a difference.

  12. Fantastic update to your fireplace and love that you kept the brick original! Since don’t use it for fires, candles, either real or battery powered, would look really nice in the evening when you’re enjoying the basement :)

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  14. White awesome against the bricks, I recently painted my gold trim a cooper color (super simple) – really updates from old gold look too

    • After all the trim and the crown molding have been nailed on, you will want to caulk around all the cracks and nail holes with some painters caulk and wood filler. Sand down everything to a smooth finish.

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